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Lady Gaga co-writes new op-ed about suicide and mental health Lady Gaga Co-Writes Op-Ed on Suicide and the Stigma of Mental Illness
Johnnie Parks | 11 October, 2018, 07:11

Only 40 percent of adults who have a mental illness reported receiving any sort of service for their mental illness in the prior 12 months, according to Judith Bass, a professor at Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health.

The theme for this year, "Young people and mental health in a changing world", saw the organisers taking a fun approach to presenting information, and booths such as that of the Office of the Prime Minister included information on a parent skills training programme.

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This plea was made on Wednesday at the commemoration of the World Mental Health Day.

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.

WHO, in its recommendations, called for the integration of mental health into primary healthcare.

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The Health Secretary then insisted: "In the last few years, mental health budgets have gone up". Since her diagnosis, the actress has been involved in actively spreading awareness about mental illness, including founding the Live Love Laugh Foundation to promote mental health care. The op-ed starts with Gaga and Dr. Adhanom discussing the alarmingly high suicide rate, which they cite as the second leading cause of death of people between ages 15 and 29 globally.

Countries at the summit are expected to support a global declaration to achieve equity for mental health, marking the first time national governments have made a joint pledge to put mental health on an equal footing with physical health.

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.

"A child can suffer enormous stress due to small reasons like getting scolded or bullied in school, disputes between parents and even day-to-day pressure like forcing for a haircut", said Dr Arjun Raj Kunwar, child and adolescent psychiatrist at Kanti Children's Hospital.

"Anyone who cares about poverty, education, social cohesion or economic progress should work to improve mental health, putting the vast knowledge we have on promotion, prevention and care into action", said Patel. "And we can all be a part of a new movement", they write.

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