United Nations chief calls for more attention to mental health

Kenny Tucker
October 12, 2018

These figures highlight the importance of helping people to better understand and take action on their own mental health.

It's estimated that one in six people in the United Kingdom will experience a mental health issue over the past week, with up to 10% of people in England experiencing depression in their lifetime.

The stigma attached to mental health disorders is gradually on the wane, thanks to growing awareness, and visiting a psychiatrist for clinical help is on the rise, claim health experts.

Today (Wednesday, October 10) is World Mental Health Day, but there is still a stigma associated with mental health conditions according to the Peterborough Labour Party (PLP). Voters approved the act under Proposition 63 in 2004, which provides funding for county mental health services via a tax on annual income over $1 million.

She said depression is the third leading cause of disease while suicide is the second leading cause among youths of 15 to 29 years.

Poor mental health during adolescence has an impact on educational achievement and increases the risk of alcohol and substance use and violent behavior, he said, adding that suicide is a leading cause of death in young people. SADAG says that university students may experience depression, stress and anxiety on a daily basis without realising they are suffering from a mental illness.

Separately, research by Deloitte suggests that up to five million people in the United Kingdom could have a mental health condition.

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When we ask children and young people (and their families) to tolerate levels of distress that many grown-ups would struggle to tolerate, we're sending a powerful message.

New research from Sport New Zealand shows that physically active Kiwis are more likely to have good mental health, Minister for Sport and Recreation, Grant Robertson, said today.

However the co-existing physical illness is often missed due to "diagnostic overshadowing", where mental illness becomes the sole focus and the co-existing physical illness is left undiagnosed and untreated.

Statistics from the World Health Organization indicate that in Africa about five per cent of the population aged below 15 years suffers from mental disorder.

Improved understanding of the perspectives and priorities of people with experience of mental illness is vital if change is to be fully realised. This could include talking about mental health issues, training teachers to spot signs of depression and creating intervention programmes for vulnerable young adults.

"Because some of the topics that the theme covers; suicide, bullying, trauma and gender identity, we chose to focus on high school students, because these are issues that are affecting our youth and they are being downplayed in a lot of instances because youth are not given a voice to express themselves", she said.

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