Mental health disorders around the world predicted to cost trillions

President Buhari receives compendium

President Buhari receives compendium

It is widely accepted worldwide that mental health issues become evident in someone around the age of 14 years, but it takes up to about 10 years to show the full manifestation.

"And we can all be a part of a new movement - including people who have faced mental health illness themselves - to call on governments and industry to put mental health at the top of their agendas". These tragic deaths raised awareness of those who silently suffer from mental health issues, including depression, and underscored the enormous problem at hand in providing mental healthcare for everyone who needs it. "One in four of us will have to deal with a mental health condition at some point in our lives, and if we're not directly affected, someone we care for is likely to be".

"Although it's not fully developed, there's widespread acceptance that overuse of these platforms can have a detrimental effect on children and young people".

At least 177 countries were featured in a report from WHO earlier this year which charted the progressive implementation of its 2013 global action plan on mental health.

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Suicide is the second leading cause of death globally for young peope aged between 15 and 19, according to the report, which also suggested there is little difference reported in mental health services and support between countries of low and middle average incomes and those of high incomes. "The challenges are to help people understand that it is an illness and there are medicines and treatment available". According to the Guardian op-ed, despite some improvements in communities around the world, there's still a long way to go.

The last resource, which includes online interventions, could be particularly appropriate, the WHO said, due to the stigma attached to mental health issues, which may prevent some young adults from seeking help.

"We can help them to make sense of what's making them anxious, because they don't always see what that is". But it also means using highly refined assessment skills to be able to pick up subtle changes in your patient's behavior, to know when to notify the physician that there is a significant change in condition without having a lot of equipment to help you "make your case" to the doctor.

Seb is the new Head Boy at Monmouth School Boys' Prep, which saw an explosion of colour in support of World Mental Health Day. She founded the Born This Way Foundation in 2012 to help young people address mental wellness, and she herself has been open about surviving a sexual assault by a record producer when she was 19 years old. As the Director of Nursing with the Milwaukee County Behavioral Health Division, I see first hand the impact nurses have on people every day.

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