Parents Are Leery Of Schools Requiring 'Mental Health' Disclosures By Students

Natasha Devon is involved with the Where's Your Head At? mental health campaign

Natasha Devon is involved with the Where’s Your Head At? mental health campaign

"We, at the Ministry of Health, therefore, continue to place attention on the holistic treatment of a patient and not just physical health conditions, but mental and spiritual health as well".

"I have suffered myself, as has my family, with anxiety and depression and struggled to get the appropriate treatment, so I'm thrilled to back this cause to destigmatise any issues around mental health concerns, and open up the dialogue". Young people are witnessing violence and disasters on a regular basis and can be affected by these events around them and the consequences of these events can be long lasting.

"We hope this small step will help those who need to take time out for their personal wellbeing to do so without feeling a stigma".

World Mental Health Day is an worldwide campaign by the World Federation for Mental Health.

The government-commissioned Thriving at Work report found people with mental health problems feel stigmatised at work.

One in ten teenage deaths in South Africa every year are the result of suicide according to SADAG. When it first started, there was no particular theme.

A lot of people don't really consider their mental health, and therefore that of others.

He called for strengthened collaborations among stakeholders to build mental health resilience from an early age to help prevent the mental distress and illnesses among adolescents and young adults and to manage recovery.

The WHO explained: 'Adolescence and the early years of adulthood are a time of life when many changes occur, for example changing schools, leaving home, and starting university or a new job.

The advisory panel is supported by representatives of the National Mental Health Commission, the National Health and Medical Research Council and the Department of Health.

"Mental illness and poor wellbeing is something that affects many people, including small businesses; most people will encounter it in themselves or someone they love during their lifetime". It could be that they have entered college, have started a job for the first time or are living overseas alone.

She said it was society's responsibility to educate the youth on how to cope with the stresses of life and deal with everyday issues such as peer influence, alcoholism and substance abuse. "Mental wellness is a part of daily living much more than physical health". However, majority are not treated.

"Most people with depression are not suicidal, but most suicidal people are depressed", Seape said, stressing the importance of knowing the symptoms of depression. Tackling mental health issues among youth can help them have a better and brighter future and also help them make the country prosperous.

After that, trying to bridge the gap between personal and professional lives in a positive way can be hard, but Barwise says it's ultimately important to encourage people to share if they feel comfortable.

They point out that mental health issues garner just 1% of global aide despite costing "the world $2.5tn a year, a figure that is expected to balloon to $6tn by 2030 unless we take action".

The organisation said parents, teachers and friends concerned about a teenager at risk of suicide should be willing to listen without judgement, provide reassurance that they care, and to ask questions about suicidal thoughts.

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