Health Ministry helps raise mental health awareness

Health Ministry helps raise mental health awareness

It's an annual occasion created by the World Federation for Mental Health, designed to get us all talking about the state of our mental health.

"If you look in the newspapers, especially within the past few weeks, nearly daily there has been some mention of mental health".

"In a country where only few have access to health services, the awareness level about mental health issues is rare".

"From the study that we did past year, over 69% of people felt like their managers had responded negatively when they did disclose their mental illness, which I think affects people coming out".

"In 2016, a tragic case occurred in South Africa when the Gauteng Department of Health stopped funding a large 2000 bed facility and allowed the dis¬charge of vulnerable people with psychosocial disability into unlicensed community residential facilities, leading to the death of over 140 people", noted the 46-page report which brought together global mental health experts, advocates and mental health users.

Manager of the Mental Health Unit at the Ministry of Health Ashvini Nath said the ministry is happy to collaborate with CreateBetterMinds.

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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. "Parents and teachers can help build life skills of children and adolescents to help them cope with everyday challenges at home and at school".

Adebowale identified anger, depression, harmful use of alcohol, behavioural change, drug abuse and some other factors responsible for mental illness among Nigerians from the age of 14.

Each year, around one in four people in England experience a mental health problem, and the proportion of diagnosable common mental health conditions has increased by 20% in 20 years. Without factoring in suicide, mental health issues are projected to reduce economic growth in both India and China by more than $9 trillion respectively between 2016 and 2030.

The governor explained that people with mental health problems deserve love, care, understanding and support.

The new campaign highlights that while we can all feel stressed, anxious, low or have trouble sleeping, there are simple actions we can take to manage these issues and prevent them from becoming more serious.

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