‘Mental health should be as important as physical health’

Simon Blake

Simon Blake

The person should immediately consult a physician or a mental health professional.

In such an environment, it is imperative to spread awareness about mental illness by talking about it more often and holding discussions.

You can get involved by reading the WFMH report about all the issues young people are facing today, donating to mental health charities such as YoungMinds, and sharing stories on social media with the #WorldMentalHealthDay tag. More shockingly, 60% of respondents believed that people with mental illness "should have their own groups to avoid contaminating healthy people" and 68% believe that they "should not be given any responsibility".

Parents who are anxious about their children's mental wellbeing can call YoungMinds' parent helpline on 0808 802 5544 between 9.30am and 4pm Monday to Friday. People go for a physical health check-up regularly but mental health is always neglected.

It called for a human rights-based approach to ensure that people with mental health conditions are not denied fundamental human rights, including access to employment, education and other core life experiences.

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Globally, "depression is one of the leading causes of illness and disability among adolescents" with suicide being the third leading cause of death in 15 to 19-year-olds, noted the WHO. For many, these can be times of stress and anxiety, and these feelings can lead to serious mental illness if they are not recognised and managed in time.

Looking to the future, the pair calls upon readers and national governments to put more funding into mental health support, before highlighting a collection of research on how to promote and protect mental health and treat mental illness, which will also be published this week in the The Lancet medical journal. "Parents and teachers can help build life skills of children and adolescents to help them cope with everyday challenges at home and at school".

Originally from Sheffield, she sparked a row past year when she said many elderly people are "sitting in homes that really are too big for their needs" - and should not expect to pass them on to their children.

The governor explained that people with mental health problems deserve love, care, understanding and support. 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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