‘Mental health should be as important as physical health’

Alicia Farmer
October 11, 2018

A new online survey by The Cohen Veterans Network and The National Council for Behavioral Health finds that, despite increasing demand, a lack of awareness of services and social stigma around seeking mental health care, persists in America.

Exactly a year after the start of the arbitration hearings that sought justice for the families of the dead Life Esidimeni patients, the esteemed The Lancet medical journal has released a global mental health report condemning the local disaster as "tragic". "We can all be a part of a new movement -- including people who have faced mental illness themselves -- to call on governments and industry to put mental health at the top of their agendas".

It also urged continuous training for primary healthcare workers to enable them detect and manage common mental health problems in community settings.

However, in some cases, if not recognised and managed, these feelings can lead to mental illness.

WFMH wants to encourage a plan of early interventions, prevention of mental illness and triggers such as bullying, and the implementing of resilience support and programs to educate young people about mental wellbeing.

Around 4,500 people take their lives every year in England and suicide remains the leading cause of death among men under the age of 45.

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Mental illness most of the times don't improve on their own and needs professional consultation.

Measures to help top British athletes deal with mental health issues are being introduced by UK Sport and the English Institute of Sport (EIS).

Stigma about mental illness delays or prevents the seeking of treatment by sufferers due to fear of being ostracised by communities.

"Suicide is the most extreme and visible symptom of the larger mental health emergency we are so far failing to adequately address". Anybody can visit a psychiatrist and psychologist; we should break the stereotype that only people with the mental disorder can visit one. "And we can give the mental wellbeing of our children the priority it so profoundly deserves".

"There are only 0.58 beds per 100,000 population in Nepal to avail mental health services while hospitals providing mental health services are only available in urban areas", said Dr Basudev Karki, psychiatrist at Mental Hospital in Patan. We have commenced the construction of primary health centres across the state to reach all Edo people and residents irrespective of where they reside.

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