Half of mental health disorders arise in adolescence

Brittany Mendoza
October 12, 2018

In an article published on The Guardian this week, the 32-year-old co-writes about the devastating number of people who take their own lives each year, and asks for global change in how mental health is viewed, treated and funded.

The World Health Organization (WHO), special education institutions, hospitals and other social organisations observed the World Mental Health Day, October 10, with the theme "Young people and mental health in a changing world".

The burden of mental ill-health is rising everywhere, says the Lancet Commission, in spite of advances in the understanding of the causes and options for treatment. Harmful use of alcohol and drugs among adolescents is a major issue in many countries, he said. She said our general and medical universities should offer more programs in psychology, clinical psychology, neurology and psychiatry to produce more mental health experts so as to cater the needs of one-fourth of our population. To do this, we need to re-balance the curriculum by giving health and wellbeing the same importance as literacy and numeracy, and creating mentally healthy schools where pupils and teachers can thrive.

Heather says, "Approximately one-half of chronic mental illness begins by the age of 14".

"If you are not recognised as needing care, then the conditions deteriorate to a point at which people have less control of their actions".

This is why today, on World Mental Health Day, I believe that it's the flawless time to promote mental health awareness in the workplace, and encourage colleagues to look out for each other. Considering the nearly broken down extended family system we use to have, there is a need to institute community support systems, where everyone within the community is his brother's keeper.

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After asking for help more than six months ago, Jacqueline is still on the waiting list for mental health treatment on the NHS.

The Fifth National Mental Health and Suicide Prevention Plan (2017) prioritises the physical health of people living with mental illness.

By tackling mental health stigma and helping people understand that mental health belongs to everybody, employers will see productivity, staff retention, and sickness rates improve - it is an issue that businesses can't afford to ignore.

The second thing we want to draw attention to is the crisis in children and young people's mental health. "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".

Smartphones, tablets and laptops can overstimulate our brains, and if you never take any time out from them, you will not be doing your mental health any favour.

Lady Gaga may be best known for her music, but the singer is also an outspoken advocate for mental health.

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