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 South African Anxiety and Depression Group (Sadag) says companies should talk about mental health in order to create spaces for employees to speak openly about any illness. "Human rights violations and abuses persist in many countries, with large numbers of people locked away in mental institutions or prisons, or living on the streets, often without legal protection", it says. I was nearly at breaking point when one day my manager, who is a Mental Health First Aider, said to me that maybe I should seek some professional advice and he pointed me in the right direction. 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.
Investment by governments and the involvement of the social, health and education sectors in comprehensive, integrated, evidence-based programmes for the mental health of young people is essential.
"Half of mental disorders begin before the age of 14 and indeed researchers have noted similar types of disorders are being reported across cultures and across languages", he said.
Issues such as homelessness, exposure to violence and perceived racism are some factors that can worsen the effects of mental health illness in African Americans.
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The storm was the strongest to ever hit the Panhandle and the fourth Category 4 storm to hit the U.S.in the past 15 months. Only a skeleton staff remained at Tyndall Air Force Base, situated on a peninsula just south of Panama City.
According to psychologists, among women those in the age group of 20 to 45 are more prone to mental health issues, almost 75 to 80 percent, followed by older women, who account for the rest.
"Speaking to people that are close to you can help and speak to a healthcare professional like your midwife, GP or health visitor who will tell you what support is available across the city".
Mental disorders are estimated to cost the global community almost $2.5 trillion each year - and those costs are increasing.
"Neuropsychiatric disorders are among the leading causes of worldwide disability in young people". The construction company has introduced mental health first aiders to its sites across Wales and the West. She founded the Born This Way Foundation in 2012 to help young people address mental wellness, and she herself has been open about surviving a sexual assault by a record producer when she was 19 years old. "The statistics make worrying reading for our industry and anything I can do to help people with their current situation is very important to me and also personally, very rewarding".
Many places in the United Kingdom are starting to recognise the importance of this research and starting to change the game but we still have so far to go.
Art student Jacqueline Goodall has spoken out about her own mental health challenges.