Mental health awareness programme kicks-off Wednesday

Mental health awareness programme kicks-off Wednesday

Mental health is a critical component of health and that is why health is referred to as a state of complete physical, mental and social well-being and not merely the absence of disease or infirmity, according to WHO.

The foundation commissioned YouGov, which surveyed 1,323 schoolchildren in Britain, revealing a growing crisis in children and young people's mental health. "One in four Australians is affected by complex mental illness".

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.

"We are aware that improvements to the system have taken place over the years but we feel we can not wait another two, four, six years for certain changes to be made". Hopefully, the fact that many more organisations are raising awareness of mental health issues across their workforces (51% in 2018 versus 31% in 2016) is fostering a more open culture where employees are more willing to talk about their mental health. This begs the question: is enough being done to help young South Africans battling with mental health issues? This is as a result of severe cuts to mental health services over the past eight years. Yet, those struggling with mental health problems are still being marginalised, ' Guterres said.

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.

"We hope this small step will help those who need to take time out for their personal wellbeing to do so without feeling a stigma". We need to teach our young that having a mental health issue is as normal as having a cold.

"Mental health affects everyone, either directly or through our relatives and close friends".

Businesses might next need to look at training their employees to help each other when it comes to mental health, since 68 percent of managers feel there are barriers to them fully supporting the mental wellbeing of those they manage. The country only spends 2.35 per cent of their budget on mental health.

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"Sessions on stress management amongst other topics are also part of our vibrant workplace wellness programme", Mrs. Brandy-Williams said.

Changing Minds is a Lottery funded project, but as the Lottery funding runs out in November, they are searching for further funding.

Celebrated on October 10 each year, World Mental Health Day symbolises a global effort to address mental health and promote discussion about this important topic.

A comprehensive mental health action plan 2013-2020 has been developed by WHO and was adopted by the 66th World Health Assembly.

Last year, the total number of working days lost due to work-related stress, anxiety and depression reached 9.9million days and 300,000 of those suffering with long term mental health conditions left employment.

"(We have) education classes, 12 week classes where people come and learn what their loved one is going through, if they have a mental health disorder or illness.

The report was published ahead of a first global ministerial mental health summit in London this week.

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