Why you should pay more attention to your mental health - Psychologists

Spencer Underwood
October 10, 2018

"We need to make mental health much more of a priority, given that the need for this is so palpable".

Dr Khalid Mufti said according to the WHO, mental health conditions account for 16 per cent of the global burden of disease and injury in people aged 10-19 years.

He was delivering a lecture at the Ibadat Hospital on Tuesday in connection with the World Mental Health Day which is marked on October 10. The tips below are universal principles created to support a diverse range of people across a range of workplaces.

Health Secretary Jeane Freeman MSP, said: "Every child and young person should have access to emotional and mental well-being support in schools".

Half of mental illness begins by the age of 14, and statistics due out later this year are expected to show levels far higher than has previously been recorded.

Unaddressed mental health issues, the report assessed, cause long-lasting and preventable harm to people, communities and economies.

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.

The event runs alongside the Open Shutters exhibition in Gallery Oldham, a collection of 32 photographic portraits celebrating people who have taken strength and positivity from their mental health journeys.

According to the World Health Organization, depression is the third leading cause of mental illness and disability among adolescents globally, while suicide is the second leading cause of deaths among 15-29-year-olds.

"Mental health is often overlooked and people aren't talking about it a lot", she added.

Other factors identified as compounding stress in adolescents are the expanding online technologies which undoubtedly bring many benefits, but can also exert additional pressure when people feel the need to be constantly connected. Tragic, because the rising rates of suicide in countries around the world underscore the pervasiveness of mental illnesses.

The WHO said there needs to be greater recognition of the risks along with support for young people.

Richardson said: "I am hugely passionate about raising the conversation around mental health".

In the DHCC, close to 30 clinical partners offer services in mental health issues that affect children and adults alike. In this age group, bodily changes, hormonal changes, changing social standing and a maturing mind contribute to complex challenges when it comes to mental health parameters. The forum was launched 12 years ago by the Community Alliance for Healthy Minds to provide the community with support, education, resources and stigma-reducing strategies about treating mental illness and suicide prevention.

"It is becoming increasingly obvious that we need to invest in awareness, diagnosis and treatment, very early on, in order to offset the worst consequences of these conditions, whenever possible". It recommends the delivery of psychosocial interventions by community health workers, peers and a range of other providers, such as teachers and the clergy, as well as medical professionals working in primary care, to provide the foundation of the mental health care system.

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