Lady Gaga co-writes powerful essay for World Mental Health Day

Modesto Morganelli
Ottobre 11, 2018

The new Mental Health Strategy launched on Wednesday - World Mental Health Day.

Chance, who recently pledged $1 million to mental health resources in his hometown of Chicago, wrote on Twitter that friends and family members need to realize that their expectations are unlikely to match the progress of their loved ones that are dealing with mental illness.

It also recommended a wholesale shift to community-based care for mental health patients, with psychosocial treatments such as talking therapies being offered not just by medical professionals, but also by community health workers, peers, teachers and the clergy.

"We can all help to build communities that understand, respect and prioritize mental wellness".

"For over a decade, we have had doctors who are consultants in sport and exercise medicine looking after our elite athletes", he added.

In a new op-ed for the Guardian published on Tuesday, Gaga, along with World Health Organization director general Tedros Adhanom, urged readers to confront the shame and stigma that keeps people from speaking out about mental health. Disturbed sleep, more emotional or change in the appetite, are some of the common signs that we most of the times overlook.

Meanwhile, Health Secretary Matt Hancock is hosting the first ever Global Ministerial Mental Health Summit in London, attended by ministers and representatives from over 50 countries as well as the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge. People go for a physical health check-up regularly but mental health is always neglected.

"For a long time that wasn't a thing that [the black community] talked about", he said.

It is believed that mental health issues start before 14 years of age and 75 percent of youth identify the problems before they reach 24 years. In 2015, I shared my story. They need all the support they can get.

"Every suicide is a preventable death and we are determined to do everything we can to tackle the tragedy of suicide", he added.

Responding to the new Government funding announced today, Samaritans chief executive Ruth Sutherland said: "We welcome the Government's announcement of funding towards Samaritans' helpline, which will meet around 10 per cent of the total helpline costs for the next four years and help us to continue to provide our service free of charge".

"This is an acknowledgement of the importance of our vital service".

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