#WorldMentalHealthDay: Are we doing enough to assist young people?

Michael Kidd head of banking at Lupton Fawcett. Call 0114 2766607

Michael Kidd head of banking at Lupton Fawcett. Call 0114 2766607

World Mental Health Day is observed on October 10 every year, with the overall aim of raising awareness and changing attitudes surrounding mental health problems around the world, whilst encouraging people to start looking after their own wellbeing.

And while it might be mental health week this week, Hudson said the matters needs ongoing attention the other 51 weeks of the year.

Speaking on World Mental Health Day, Commission joint lead editor Professor Vikram Patel, from Harvard Medical School in the USA, said: "Mental health is the foundation of human capability that makes each life worthwhile and meaningful". In Africa, nearly three out of four countries spend less than 1% of their health budget on mental health, the World Health Organisation's 2015 Mental Health Atlas shows.

One in six people are aged 10-19 years.

India is standing on the threshold of a mental health epidemic with a greater number of people affected by mental health issues in the country than the entire population of Japan. "It's well worth time to talk about it, a whole lot more".

Young people can experience stress that's quite specific to them. The majority of chronic and recurrent psychiatric problems which are faced by adults have their roots in adolescence.

The age of onset for many disorders, mainly depression, was going down.

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Two-thirds (67 percent) of workers who have used technology to support their mental health said their choice of technology was based on recommendations from healthcare professionals. People under 35 are particularly hard hit and now make up the bulk of mental and substance use disorders as well as suicide and self-harm around the world. Three-quarters of those who suffer from mental illnesses develop symptoms by age 24.

Around one in five New Zealanders are impacted by some form of mental illness.

According to WHO, teenagers as young as 14 suffer from mental health issues. Taking proactive measures can significantly improve staff wellbeing and encourage employees to seek the support they need.

President Halimah Yacob and Marine Parade GRC MP Fatimah Lateef removing the "stigma" to unveil the logo of the Global Alliance for Mental Health Advocates at the first Global Summit for Mental Health Advocates on Oct 4, 2018.

People wanting to help a depressed teenager could suggest that they talk to an external party like a teacher, doctor or counsellor, and offer to go with them for support.

'It's these people who need to be at the heart of what we do and I welcome this opportunity to work closely with them, as well as experts, to oversee a cross-government suicide prevention plan, making their sure their views are always heard'. For example, children with conduct disorder are twice more likely to drop out of school, four times more likely to become addicted to drugs and twenty times more likely to end up in jail. Watch out for bullying at school, this can lead to many difficulties including depression, report it to a trusted adult when necessary. We can not afford to wait five years, which feels like a lifetime to a young child.

Businesses might next need to look at training their employees to help each other when it comes to mental health, since 68 percent of managers feel there are barriers to them fully supporting the mental wellbeing of those they manage.

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