WHO underlines youth and mental health in changing world


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Today marks World Mental Health Day - a day observed to spread mental health education, awareness, and to advocate against stigmatization.

Labour shadow cabinet member for public health at Peterborough City Council, Cllr Samantha Hemraj, said: "As shadow cabinet member with responsibility for health issues in Peterborough, I believe the first step is to take away the stigma associated with mental illness".

Affective disorders affect 6% of the population every year, while substance use disorders affect 5%.

The course is created to teach people how to spot the signs and symptoms of mental ill health and provide help on a first-aid basis.

Now I feel like we need to acknowledge that we all have mental health, just like physical health and as a society we need to work with people to improve that.

The lack of the necessary Legislative Instrument (LI) to back the Mental Health Law since its passage in 2012 had affected its smooth implementation to help navigate the problems that had plagued patients' care.

"Mental health services are still being underfunded by the Conservative government, with one in 10 CCGs (Clinical Commissioning Groups) failing to meet the mental health investment standard in the past year - that is leading to adults having to wait as many as four months for treatment in certain areas, while one in four children are being rejected for treatment after referral".

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"Our message is that, by redirecting your energies towards boosting your physical health, reaching out to those around you, becoming more aware of your feelings, trying new things and focusing on kindness and sharing, you can combat numerous negative emotions and behaviours that affect our everyday lives".

TV presenter Anna Richardson and former Labour spin doctor and author Alastair Campbell feature in the campaign among others who have faced mental health difficulties. It highlights the abuse and discrimination and calls for a human rights-based approach to ensure that people with mental health conditions are not denied their fundamental human rights.

"Children and adolescents in humanitarian settings are particularly vulnerable to mental distress and illness".

"I look back and think school knew that Sam fractured his back and he couldn't play rugby and we did, we knew he was upset.but actually together we didn't address it".

She continued: "We can end the stigma that has forced too many to suffer in silence".

Because of culture-related factors, such as family conflict, perceived discrimination and ethnic identity, many Chinese immigrants tend to avoid talking about mental illnesses even when they suffer from depression or other mental illnesses, said Peng.

"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".

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