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Mental health in schools: we need to make it count

PM Theresa May appoints ‘world’s first’ minister for suicide prevention The high economic toll of mental illness
Johnnie Parks | 12 October, 2018, 04:43

Sam was sports-mad but his mental health spiralled after he fractured his back at fifteen, he was told a year later that he could never play sports again.

Five years on from giving birth, she is now studying counselling and psychology at university, while working as an ambassador for the MindMate young people's mental health website, and she one day hopes to work in mental health herself.

May has also pledged more support for mental health services for children and young people, as well as funding for the Samaritans' helpline - a confidential 24/7 freephone service.

Furthermore, people requiring specialist treatment for conditions like personality disorders can wait up to 12 months or longer, putting that individual's life on hold. This time is said to be the best time to spread awareness about mental health disorders. We often follow the capabilities of the mental health to underpins so that we can successfully learn and can master the skills.

"The lack of resources to deal with this issue is another example of a false economy brought about austerity".

In the 2016-2017 National Survey of Children's Health, results of a sample count approximated that in the state of NY, about 54.5 percent of children ages 3 to 17 did not receive mental and behavioral health treatment and counseling that they needed for disorders such as depression, anxiety, and other behavioral or conduct problems.

The organisation also lists depression as the third leading cause of mental illness and disability among adolescents globally, while suicide is the second leading cause of deaths among 15-29-year-olds.

"Sadly, mental illness is taboo in many Chinese families and they feel ashamed to even talk about it", she said.

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Global firm Dechert has introduced mental health "first aiders" into its workforce, as the debate around wellbeing in the legal sector grows. "It is time to act on mental health".

According to psychologists, among women those in the age group of 20 to 45 are more prone to mental health issues, almost 75 to 80 percent, followed by older women, who account for the rest.

The president of NMA noted that it was incumbent upon society to help young people develop mental resilience from the earliest age, in order to cope with the challenges of today's world.

"I think it's just about educating young people that it's OK not to be ideal, nobody's flawless, it's OK not to do fantastic in everything". For me, with my mental health issues, half of the battle in the beginning was, I felt like I was lying to the world because I was feeling so much pain but nobody knew. Be forewarned: This post is meant to make you slightly uncomfortable, for starters, by telling you that you can't count on a trifold pamphlet to help you talk about mental health at work. But the part we can all play, is overall well being and increasing everyone's mental health.

"Suicide is the most extreme and visible symptom of the larger mental health emergency we are so far failing to adequately address", the op-ed reads.

The children's commissioner welcomed Mrs May's announcement, but added: 'We need to see urgent action and implementation now.

UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres on Wednesday called for more attention directed to people's mental health, especially that of young people, in observance of the World Mental Health Day.

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