MENTAL HEALTH People with depression often don’t feel like socialising and end up isolated
13 October, 2018, 19:26
One in four people in the United Kingdom suffer from this illness and I really hope this campaign will continue to extend the conversation about how important good mental health is, and how urgently we need the government to pour money into mental health resources - the county's crying out for it.
An initiative of the World Federation of Mental Health and supported by the World Health Organisation (WHO), World Mental Health Day takes place every year on 10 October with the objective of raising awareness of mental health issues and promoting greater emotional wellbeing.
The theme of the Day is, "the Youth and Mental Health in a changing World".
World Mental Health Day is an annual event created to promote worldwide mental health education, awareness and advocacy, particularly against the social stigma that many people with mental health issues face.
Statistics from the World Health Organization indicate that in Africa about five per cent of the population aged below 15 years suffers from mental disorder.
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.
"But we want to help people deal with it better".
"The time has come for us all, collectively, to tackle the causes and symptoms of mental illness, and provide care for those who suffer from it".
Separately, research by Deloitte suggests that up to five million people in the United Kingdom could have a mental health condition. "But I truly believe that secrets keep you sick", she said at a fundraiser in California.
"Our survey strongly indicates that young people are concerned about financial difficulties and debt and in some cases this is having a real impact on their mental health and future outlook". "You don't have to be an global artist or the head of the World Health Organization (WHO) to make an impact". Now I feel like we need to acknowledge that we all have mental health, just like physical health and as a society we need to work with people to improve that.
Dr Mikkelsen notes that "the area of mental health is still misunderstood, but now there is momentum and the highest possible recognition of mental health".
Research has also found around 75 per cent of mental health disorders appear by the age of 24, while over the last decade nearly five times as many students have disclosed a mental health condition to their university compared to ten years ago.