Mental health services for young fail to live up to the promise

Mental health services for young fail to live up to the promise

Different studies have also shown that mental health plagues people of every age, affects one out of five youths globally and is directly linked to youth suicide in the 15-29 age group. "Yet despite the universality of the issue, we struggle to talk about it openly or to offer adequate care or resources". "Since children can not express their mental problems, it remains unidentified and affects them more as they grow older".

"A child can suffer enormous stress due to small reasons like getting scolded or bullied in school, disputes between parents and even day-to-day pressure like forcing for a haircut", said Dr Arjun Raj Kunwar, child and adolescent psychiatrist at Kanti Children's Hospital.

WFMH wants to encourage a plan of early interventions, prevention of mental illness and triggers such as bullying, and the implementing of resilience support and programs to educate young people about mental wellbeing.

It also urged continuous training for primary healthcare workers to enable them detect and manage common mental health problems in community settings. It cites a stat from the World Health Organization that suicide is the second leading cause of death among young people, aged 15 to 29. "We can all be a part of a new movement -- including people who have faced mental illness themselves -- to call on governments and industry to put mental health at the top of their agendas". "But factors such as financial problems, stress, substance abuse and exam stress can also be factors".

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Health Minister Jackie Doyle-Price will lead the national effort and try to end the stigma which stops people from seeking help, the Prime Minister said.

This plea was made on Wednesday at the commemoration of the World Mental Health Day.

"As a government, we have delineated our health system for easy appreciation of the roles required by all stakeholders in the sector".

As evidence in this country emerges - and the Chief Medical Officer is now looking at what we know and the impact of social media - we need to consider the links between health and technology for better, in many cases, but also for worse.

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