World Mental Health Day Marked

Nora Nguyen
October 12, 2018

"Mental health now receives less than 1% of global aid", she wrote.

"The whole school joined together to support World Mental Health Day and the explosion of yellow was spectacular".

A fifth (21%) of respondents admitted they are more likely to go into work when feeling unwell from a mental health problem rather than a physical illness, while 15% stated that their boss and colleagues would not take them seriously if they took time off for a mental health issue, up from 12% in 2016. "We can prevent the tragedy of suicide taking too many lives", May said.

Yes there are people who have severe mental illnesses, I for one suffer with Borderline Personality Disorder and Generalised Anxiety. But on Tuesday, Gaga took her advocacy work to another level when she wrote an op-ed for The Guardian to bring attention and awareness to the global mental health crisis.

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Figures showed people living in remote areas were accessing mental health services at only a sixth of the rate of those in cities.

Experts said what's even more sobering is the fact that mental illness greatly increases the risk of contracting other serious medical conditions like HIV and non-communicable diseases. As the Director of Nursing with the Milwaukee County Behavioral Health Division, I see first hand the impact nurses have on people every day.

"I feel Chinese people now are more open to talking about mental illnesses, which is progress", said Peng. "And we can all be a part of a new movement - including people who have faced mental illness themselves - to call on governments and industry to put mental health at the top of their agendas".

"In my time as health minister, I have met many people who have been bereaved by suicide and their stories of pain and loss will stay with me for a long time, ' the minister said".

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Professionals also suggested 20 percent of the world's children and adolescents have mental disorders and about half of mental illnesses begin before the age of 14.

The goal of the conference was to develop programmes to meet the needs of the Bahamian youth suffering from mental health issues and to remove the negative stigma towards mental illness. According to Gaga, "W$3 e can all help to build communities that understand, respect and prioritize mental wellness".

With about 57 per cent of Ghana's population under the age of 25, the focus on the youth in this year's Mental Health Day celebration is timely.

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U.S. Politician Bernie Sanders echoed these sentiments from his personal Twitter account, writing, "As a nation (the U.S) must fix our broken healthcare system and give mental behavioral healthcare the attention and resources they deserve".

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