More than words, action is needed for Mental Illness Awareness Week

Modesto Morganelli
Ottobre 9, 2019

However, over the course of your life, if you experience mental health problems, your thinking, mood, and behaviour could be affected. Have you faced stigma surrounding mental illness? Anxiety and stress can also reduce the strength of the immune system, making people more vulnerable to conditions ranging from the common cold to cancer.

With average age of the population growing globally, mental health is affecting older people, too.

Showing individuals respect and acceptance removes a significant barrier to successfully coping with their illness. Most of us know friends, family members or colleagues that face these challenges, which can have a serious impact on a person's quality of life. Approximately 15 per cent of adults age 60 and over suffer from a mental disorder, according to the World Health Organization. During this week, advocates across the nation come together to raise their voices in support of mental health and to speak out against stigma. Some of the activities which are held to highlight mental health issues include art exhibitions, official signings of World Mental Health Day proclamations, lectures, seminars and health fairs.

That's the message from Site Safe, New Zealand's largest construction health and safety organisation, which is driving changes to improve mental health, including creating a new award to recognise businesses which go above and beyond to support their workers.

The theme selected for this year's Day is 'Suicide Prevention.

It's an opportunity to get really loud and help end the stigma by using social media as a platform to engage in conversation about the effects of mental health, and hear from others who are experiencing similar obstacles.

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