PHCC partners with WEYAK to create mental health awareness among youth

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STAFF from Changing Minds came in to talk with Newport County under 18s about mental health and wellbeing in the lead up to World Mental Health Day. "This attitude further compounds efforts by governments, experts and other stakeholders at designing products for the treatment of patients and reintegrating them into the society", he said.

The World Health Organisation (WHO) defines mental health as a state of well-being in which every individual realizes his or her own potential, can cope with the normal stresses of life, can work productively and fruitfully, and is able to make a contribution to his or her community.

Around one in five New Zealanders are impacted by some form of mental illness.

She cited WHO's definition of health, which states, that health is a state of complete physical, mental and social well-being, and not merely the absence of a disease or infirmity. Minorities tend to have less access to and availability of mental health services, and according to the National Association of Mental Illness, African-Americans and Hispanic Americans used mental health services at about half the rate of whites in the past year.

"Most people with depression are not suicidal, but most suicidal people are depressed", says Dr Sebolelo Seape, chairperson of PsychMG. Living with a mental health problem can make it hard to relax and switch off. Lack of sleep is another common side-effect. 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. At a time in their lives when young people are leaving home, developing friendships and applying for jobs, they need to know they can share their concerns and be open about their mental health without fear of discrimination.

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"Pledges can be as simple as going for a walk, meeting a friend for a coffee and a chat or something larger like running a mental health awareness event at your workplace". 'Suicide is a leading cause of death in young people'. "And we can give the mental wellbeing of our children the priority it so profoundly deserves". Bringing attention to these kinds of abuse and discrimination, the Commission calls for a human rights-based approach to ensure that people with mental health conditions are not denied any of their fundamental human rights - not just to health but also to employment and education, among others.

Edinburgh Leisure, a charity dedicated to creating opportunities for local people to live active healthy lives, understands the positive impact physical activity can have and the difference it can make to people living with a mental health condition such as depression, stress or anxiety. Stress that they must comply with the line of treatment to get better.

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People wanting to help a depressed teenager could suggest that they talk to an external party like a teacher, doctor or counsellor, and offer to go with them for support.