Thursday, 18 October, 2018

How to be a better friend to someone with mental health issues

Helen-Maria Vasiliadis Helen-Maria Vasiliadis
Melissa Porter | 10 October, 2018, 23:44

According to the South African Depression and Anxiety Group (Sadag), 9% of all teen deaths are due to suicide.

As she provided these statistics and underscored the importance of World Mental Health Day, Wheeler identified adolescents among the people to whom suicide poses a real danger.

It's an annual occasion created by the World Federation for Mental Health, designed to get us all talking about the state of our mental health.

"Earlier this year, the WHO published the Global Mental Health Atlas, which provides information from 177 countries on progress towards achieving the plan's targets", Lady Gaga and Ghebreyesus wrote.

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 PM will also announce the campaign to train a million people in mental health awareness - Every Mind Matters - launches today, with a pilot in the West Midlands ahead of a national rollout next spring.

"The main contributing factors include relationship problems (with a boyfriend/girlfriend, fighting with a best friend, etc.), family issues (divorce, separation, abuse, conflict, etc.), trauma (loss, grief, abuse, rape, etc.) and school problems (bullying, learning difficulties)".

A dedicated minister for suicide prevention will be appointed as part of a landmark effort by the Prime Minister to tackle the UK's mental health crisis. But we want to see more.

He added: "We now need to consider collectively what else social media platforms, which have expanded faster than regulations' ability to respond, need to do to help stem the tide of mental ill health in this country and others, or at least help pick up the pieces".

While there has been some progress, the authors urge governments to do more, writing that "mental health now receives less than 1 per cent of global aid".

Chambers says that everyone needs to start addressing mental health among youth before we lose more young people to suicide and before more young people suffer with issues which will follow them into adulthood.