Heather Dunn is the Coordinator of "Ending the Silence", a program sponsored by NAMI (National Alliance on Mental Illness). The lack of awareness and the severe shortage of mental health professionals in the country add to the problem.
The first aiders will support colleagues who are struggling with mental health issues.
"Anyone who cares about poverty, education, social cohesion or economic progress should work to improve mental health, putting the vast knowledge we have on promotion, prevention and care into action".
A poll conducted by the Royal College of Psychiatrists found that 24 per cent of people diagnosed with a mental health condition reported waiting more than three months to see an NHS mental health specialist, and six per cent waited more than a year.
Policymakers are also expected to page through a new 46-page report released today by The Lancet medical journal.
Present estimates show people with mental illnesses account for almost 6.5% of India's population and is projected to increase to 20% by2020.
Awareness programmes on mental health and mental disorders marked the World Mental Health Day observance in Coimbatore on Wednesday.
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As a result, mentally ill people were increasing on the streets of Accra because patients were being asked to contribute to their care.
"By the time you finish reading this, at least six people will have killed themselves around the world." they began.
Also, despite the Mental Health Care Bill 2016 mandating state governments make mental healthcare affordable for all, the cost of treatment continues to be high and beyond the reach of the common man.
To help prevent mental distress and illness among adolescents and young adults, parents need to be aware of and understand the early warning signs and symptoms of mental illness, said Peng, president of Mental Health Association for Chinese Communities (MHACC).
She has faced mental health issues from a young age and wants other people to open up about their own feelings. One of these is the pressing question of mental health and how our population is coping with it. Statistics from Pakistan Association of Mental Health suggest that one in every four Pakistanis may be suffering a mental disorder.
Lady Gaga and Adhanom closed by saying, "The two of us have taken different paths in life". And to take a moment and do your part and help change the way we talk about this issue.