Global mental health report blasts South Africa for Esidimeni

Simon Blake

Simon Blake

The Health Secretary then insisted: "In the last few years, mental health budgets have gone up".

Lady Gaga calls attention to a "mental health emergency" in her latest op-ed, co-written with Tedros Adhanom, the director-general of the World Health Organization.

The Lancet Commission report published on Tuesday by 28 global specialists in psychiatry, public health and neuroscience, as well as mental health patients and advocacy groups, said the gro-wing crisis could cause lasting harm to people, communities and economies worldwide.

United Kingdom journalist Hattie Gladwell initiated a Twitter thread with the hashtag detailing 'Things people have said about my mental illness.' The thread went viral, and exposed us to the kind of comments those suffering with mental illness had heard.

World Mental Health Day 2018 banner by the Ministry of Health.

"In both sport and society, it is vital that we work towards creating the most positive mental health environment whenever possible". "And that without regarding your mental health as important as looking after your physical health, holistically speaking as a person, it's one component of you but you can't also neglect it in that sense". Young people living in situations such as these are particularly vulnerable to mental distress and illness.

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.

Depression was identified as the third leading cause of mental illnesses and disability among adolescents globally, while suicide is the second leading cause of death among 15-29-year-olds.

Half of all mental illness begins by the age of 14, but most cases go undetected and untreated. "Parents and teachers can help build life skills of children and adolescents to help them cope with everyday challenges at home and at school".

"As a government, we have delineated our health system for easy appreciation of the roles required by all stakeholders in the sector".

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.

Despite the millions of people who are affected by mental health issues, many of those suffering don't speak up because of the stigma that still exists.

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