Educating the youth on mental health is critical

Alicia Farmer
October 12, 2018

She says suicide is now the number one cause of death in young people ages 10-24 and says it's the first time it's been like that in Colorado.

We're already making progress when it comes to suicide prevention - the suicide rate is at its lowest for seven years.

According to the World Health Organisation (WHO), half of all mental illnesses began by age 14 and worldwide 10-20 per cent of children and adolescents suffered from mental disorders. To do this, we need to re-balance the curriculum by giving health and wellbeing the same importance as literacy and numeracy, and creating mentally healthy schools where pupils and teachers can thrive.

He added: "Every suicide is a preventable death and we are determined to do everything we can to tackle the tragedy of suicide".

The disclosure was made by the Provost and Medical Director of the hospital, Dr. Timothy Adewale, at a press conference organised in Abeokuta to mark this year's World Mental Health Day with the theme: 'Young people and Mental Health in a changing world'.

The Prime Minister has also pledged up to £1.8 million to ensure the Samaritans' helpline remains free for the next four years, to help those most in need.

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It's estimated that one in six people in the United Kingdom will experience a mental health issue over the past week, with up to 10% of people in England experiencing depression in their lifetime.

One in five adults experiences mental illness in any given year, and 17% of high school students report seriously considering suicide. In spite of the "universality of the issue, we struggle to talk about it openly or to offer adequate care or resources", Gaga explained, and this is due to socially imposed issues - like guilt, shame, fear and stigma - as well as economic ones, like inadequate funding.

"Unfortunately this has led to many suicides, which we can't afford as a caring society". If our children and youth are not mentally strong, how can we build a strong nation?

The survey identified that LGBTQ+ people are more likely to have mental health issues and shows an urgent need for businesses to step up their support for not only those suffering from mental health, but also for the LGBTQ+ people in their workforce.

Young people continue to be judged on academic performance with little regard for their mental health. If you're a nurse, I encourage you to reflect on Mental Health Awareness Week and take a leap to check out the Milwaukee County Behavioral Health Division Nursing Job Fair on October 18 from 2-5 p.m.

Serving as a mental health nurse means using your communication skills to help your patients get well. "Talk through some of the issues cause a lot of the mental health diagnosis's can be processed through medication management, but through process through therapy".

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