Focus on children's mental health, WHO urges African leaders

Modesto Morganelli
Ottobre 11, 2018

Tufton reasoned that what is needed is a strong sensitisation programme geared at giving information to the public that persons suffering from mental illness can be treated and must not be sidelined by caregivers.

Professor Vikram Patel, one of the Commission's editors, said that mental health "is the foundation of human capability that makes each life worthwhile and meaningful".

Liverpool have recently pledged its support to the Zero Suicide Alliance, a collaboration between National Health Service trusts, businesses and suicide survivors across the United Kingdom who are all committed to suicide prevention in the United Kingdom and beyond by offering free suicide prevention training and resources, which are accessible to all.

In honor of World Mental Health Day, Gaga and Adhanom are working together to draw attention to misconceptions about mental health with an opinion piece written for The Guardian published Wednesday.

Debbie Jevans, Interim Chair of the EFL said: "Every day throughout the year the EFL, through its 72 Clubs and their support staff ensure players improve and maintain their physical health".

How can you serve the mental health needs of a country where there are just 10 psychiatrists for a population of 13 million people? "In the United Kingdom and Australia, peer-to-peer education programs encourage young people to support one another".

Underlining the treatment gap and the heavy economic toll exacted by mental illness, the report says the disorder will cost the global economy $16 trillion by 2030.

"No other health condition in humankind has been neglected as much as mental health has", Dr Patel said.

Depression was identified as the third leading cause of mental illnesses and disability among adolescents globally, while suicide is the second leading cause of death among 15-29-year-olds. 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. "It's time we should change the perception", adds Dr Desousa. The focus on mental health should be no different and every year 1 in 4 of us will experience a mental health problem.

It is widely accepted worldwide that mental health issues become evident in someone around the age of 14 years, but it takes up to about 10 years to show the full manifestation.

"Despite the universality of the issue, we struggle to talk about it openly or to offer adequate care or resources", they wrote.

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