‘Mental health should be as important as physical health’

Kenny Tucker
October 11, 2018

The authors detail the grim reality of suicide and make a case for completely rethinking our overall approach to mental health as a society.

Matt Hancock made the announcement on World Mental Health Day that Jackie Doyle-Price will lead efforts to cut the number of people taking their own lives - now 4,500 every year in England.

"One in four of us will have to deal with a mental health condition at some point in our lives, and if we're not directly affected, someone we care for is likely to be", the op-ed reads.

But Nick asked one simple question: "I take calls from my listeners and they say that budgets have been cut, that mental health is not getting the money it had in previous years".

Each World Mental Health Day has a theme to focus on.

Treatment options may be limited due to a shortage of trained mental health workers or the stigma mental illness often carries.

World Health Organization in a press statement released on Tuesday called for regular checks for symptoms of mental illnesses beginning at a young age.

The new Mental Health Strategy launched on Wednesday - World Mental Health Day.

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Globally, "depression is one of the leading causes of illness and disability among adolescents" with suicide being the third leading cause of death in 15 to 19-year-olds, noted the WHO.

Health Minister Jackie Doyle-Price will lead the national effort and try to end the stigma which stops people from seeking help, the Prime Minister said.

"For over a decade, we have had doctors who are consultants in sport and exercise medicine looking after our elite athletes", he added.

Mental illness most of the times don't improve on their own and needs professional consultation. "And we can give the mental wellbeing of our children the priority it so profoundly deserves".

"As a government, we have delineated our health system for easy appreciation of the roles required by all stakeholders in the sector".

"And, under these circumstances, discuss whether the equivalent of a mental health levy would be a proportionate response, both in terms of changing behaviour on the part of the companies involved and in terms of providing a funding stream for the expanded services we all want to see".

"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".

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