Mental health in schools: we need to make it count

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NAN reports that World Mental Health Day is observed on October 10 every year, with the overall objective of raising awareness of mental health issues around the world and mobilising efforts in support of mental health.

Qatar Airways, in partnership with Hamad Medical Corporation (HMC), will host a programme of activities and events throughout the month of October created to raise awareness of good mental health and wellbeing in the workplace, as part of World Mental Health Day on Wednesday 10 October 2018.

In the meantime, Acting Director for the Mental Health and Substance Abuse Unit in the Ministry of Health Kevin Goulbourne is concerned that not many persons are able to detect young relatives who may be suffering from a mental illness.

"Acceptance of the premature death and poor physical health of people living with mental illness needs to be replaced by commitment to address this global scandal as a matter of priority", he said.

The NAO said even if current initiatives are delivered as planned, there would still be "significant unmet need" for mental health care.

Half of all mental illness begins by the age of 14, and the prime minister has made several other announcements around children and young people's mental health today on World Mental Health Day. The accounts that we have suggest that a very large number of young people suffer severe depression, in some extreme cases leading to suicides or attempted suicides.

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This makes mental illness one of the most prevalent illnesses known to man.

Dagg notes mental health issues cost the Canadian economy up to $50 billion a year. The approach to the mental health must cover the full spectrum which is from day today wellness to many disabling conditions.

Peng had worked as a Chinese teacher for more than 10 years before devoting herself to mental health advocate and educator, providing information to reduce prejudice against mental health and reduce stigma among caregivers.

By tackling mental health stigma and helping people understand that mental health belongs to everybody, employers will see productivity, staff retention, and sickness rates improve - it is an issue that businesses can't afford to ignore. "For many, these can be times of stress and anxiety; these feelings can lead to serious mental illness if they are not recognised and managed in time", the Country Representative of the WHO, Dr Owen Kaluwa, said at the event.

Mark Rowland is chief executive of the Mental Health Foundation. After working in the industry as a nurse for many years, I changed my focus, and took these basic skills with me to the Behavioral Health Division. "But we know that, for example, one in three Canadians with a mental health condition get help, which means two out of three don't".

"Mental health in Jamaica is a big problem".

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