World Mental Health Day and Your Organisation

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Low and middle income countries should raise their spending on mental health from less than 1% of the budget to at least 5%, said the Commission, which brought together 28 experts from around the world.

Secretary-General Antonio Guterres on Tuesday said United Nations is committed to creating a world where by 2030 everyone, everywhere has someone to turn to in support of their mental health, in a world free of stigma and discrimination. Workplaces must be a supportive environment, with employers changing employment and recruitment policies, offering mental health first aid training, and so much more.

A new Lancet Commission report on mental health released today exposes a "collective failure to respond to this global health crisis,". Citing the World Health Organization resource, the senior psychiatrist said that early years of adulthood are a time of life when one undergoes several changes such as changing schools, leaving home, and starting university or taking a new job. For many, these are exciting times.

Dr Emmanuel Alhassan said some people enroll their children in schools which they cannot afford the school fees and it becomes a burden for them; some stay on in abusive relationships instead of staying away for some time until it is resolved, or borrow money they can't pay thus putting themselves under stress. The majority of chronic and recurrent psychiatric problems which are faced by adults have their roots in adolescence. India, China and the United States are the most affected countries by anxiety, schizophrenia and bipolar disorder, according to WHO.

"The Commission calls out the shameful and shocking treatment of people with mental ill health around the world", said The Lancet editor-in-chief Richard Horton. In some countries, the day is celebrated as part of a mental health week.

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For too many, lack of first-hand knowledge about mental illness coupled with inadequate support in coping with it is overwhelming.

Eighty per cent of people with any form of mental or substance use disorder in India and China do not seek treatment. "One in four Australians is affected by complex mental illness".

"We gave an overview of what mental health actually is, looking at the stigma around mental health and challenging that". Half of all mental health conditions start by the age of 14. Jerry Brown. The Maternal Mental Health bill requires doctors working with pregnant women and new moms to screen these patients for postpartum depression and other mental health conditions.

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.

"Aside from this, Gibraltar needs to have enough psychologists and psychiatrists on hand to ensure that they can deliver on their expertise effectively so that service users, both in the community and in the Ocean Views facility, as well as in prison, can have adequate access to therapeutic support". Adolescents with anxiety are also less likely to attend university and are more likely to struggle with problems in young adulthood such as anxiety, depression and drug addiction. (2009). National Survey of Mental Health and Wellbeing: Summary of Results, 4326.0, 2007.

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