‘Mental health should be as important as physical health’

11 Octubre, 2018, 08:15 | Author: Earnest Bishop
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"By the time you finish reading this, at least six people will have killed themselves around the world", reads a new op-ed co-written by Lady Gaga and Dr. Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus of the World Health Organization. The root cause? Lack of access due to cost, limited resources, funding, social stigma and distance/ability to secure an appointment.

In similar vein, the Edo State Governor, Godwin Obaseki in commemoration of the day in Benin decried the attitude of many societies towards people having mental health problems and called for a change.

'But we need to do more to challenge the stigma that people with mental ill-health face and make sure they feel they can reach out for help. They can also be times of stress and apprehension.

Along with highlighting mental illness in young people, the Lancet report recommended government's be held accountable and approach mental health from a human rights basis. The person should immediately consult a physician or a mental health professional. "No one should be afraid to go for a mental health check-up or a mental health professional".

Parents who are anxious about their children's mental wellbeing can call YoungMinds' parent helpline on 0808 802 5544 between 9.30am and 4pm Monday to Friday.

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A Sadag study shows one out of four employees suffers from a mental health disorder.

"For over a decade, we have had doctors who are consultants in sport and exercise medicine looking after our elite athletes", he added. Harmful use of alcohol and illicit drugs among adolescents is a major issue in many countries and can lead to risky behaviours such as unsafe sex or dangerous driving.

In July, the father of British snowboarder Ellie Soutter said a history of mental health issues - coupled with the pressure of elite performance - may have contributed to her ending her life in Les Gets in the French Alps. "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".

'Many of the issues facing our young people today, such as, bullying, suicide, the onset of major mental illnesses, the effects of trauma, and gender identity discrimination require our time and attention, global awareness and compassion, as well as new programs and guidelines on how we can protect and empower the next generation'.

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