‘Businesses must offer better mental health support’

Alicia Farmer
October 10, 2018

In this age group, bodily changes, hormonal changes, changing social standing and a maturing mind contribute to complex challenges when it comes to mental health parameters. Whatever we do and whatever decisions we take, it is our mind which is constantly at work.

"As the country's leading general first aid trainer, we've chose to take a lead in helping employers and their staff take care of mental health too". However their own health and wellbeing is just as important and the DHB is encouraging staff to embrace this year's Mental Health Awareness Week (MHAW) theme and "let nature in to help strengthen their wellbeing - Mā te taiao kia whakapakari tōu oranga". "But we maintain that there is already compelling evidence indicating the incidence of suicide, particularly in rural and remote Australia, requires a substantial funding commitment to make sure the supports that people need, regardless of where they live, are available and accessible" Mr Diamond said. 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.

Next, we must help connect those living with mental illness to the most appropriate levels of care.

"World Mental Health Day is a timely reminder to raise awareness and initiate conversations to improve mental wellbeing in the communities we serve". The day is observed on October 10th every year from then on.

"If we change our attitude to mental health - we change the world". I often wonder what might have happened if my primary school had a mental health first aider. Adolescence can be a trivial time since there are a lot of changes in the body while they hit puberty, body image issues, and social media bullying.

"In a flawless world, getting treatment for mental health challenges would be no different than getting medical treatment for a skin rash or a bad cold or a broken leg", LaPolt said. Other causes could be genetic factors as well as traumatic incidents in a teenager's life. Brown on Sep. 30, health insurers must also develop treatment programs for maternal mental health issues and guidelines for obstetricians on what to do when a woman screens positive for a postpartum mood disorder.

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"A few of them at the end came up and said: 'That was good". These youth resorts to drugs or drinking to cope with the stress.

"Some teenagers may actually pass verbal hints by talking about death and dying directly or indirectly, they may talk about wanting to die and begin to dispose of much-loved possessions, and they may write a suicide note".

The people who work at Taranaki DHB are usually busy taking care of others. Youth are important in bettering the economy of any country and in turn by shaping its future.

Children's mental health may seem like a huge problem to tackle, but everyone can take small steps to help. After all, they are the next working class.

She says warning signs and symptoms could include changes in eating and sleeping habits, loss of interest in usual activities, neglect of personal appearance or hygiene, withdrawal from friends and family, or running away from home. "They have appointed student counsellors and periodically have awareness talks", says Castelino, pointing out that this isn't enough though, because it is apparent that institutions are still not reaching out to all their students.

Dr Kaluwa made the call on Monday at a press launch of the 2018 Mental Health Week, which was organised by the Mental Health Authority (MHA) in collaboration with the Ministry of Health and WHO, in Accra.

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