Saturday, 17 November, 2018

Mental Health Slowly Devouring the Heart of Society

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Anna Jefferson | 10 October, 2018, 12:26

"In fact, this organization states that half of all mental illness begins at age 14, but most cases remain undetected". It is therefore surprising that so many businesses continue to ignore how mental health can impact their company - and how their company can affect mental health too.

England, one in three employees in the United Kingdom have been formally diagnosed with a mental health condition at some point.

Today is World Mental Health Day and the Acting Director of the Ankaful Psychiatric Hospital, Dr Kwadwo Marfo Obeng, has warned that parents who wake their children up early in order to beat traffic and get to school early may be exposing the children to mental illness. Whilst individually people report difficulties accessing the right services and long waiting lists (which vary massively from area to area) the Government's own spending watchdog warns of a ticking timebomb.

Katharine Moxham, spokesperson for GRiD, said: "The repercussions of young people dealing with poor mental health are far-reaching". By working together, we can make a real difference to our workplaces, and to the experiences of our colleagues at work. In some countries this day is part of an awareness week, such as Mental Health Week in Australia.Every year this day is celebrated with some theme. By signing up to the Community Mental Health Charter employers commit to; tackle stigma, challenge discrimination, promote equality of opportunity, encourage wellbeing and raise awareness. The day is celebrated through ot the world for better understanding of mental health problems. "They need guidance in the most formative and productive years of their lives", she adds. So, let's talk about our mental health and look after it by fitting regular activity into our daily lives and walk, run, dance or swim our way to better health and wellbeing. We need youth at every table.

On World Mental Health Day, try implementing some of our simple, practical and affordable steps that any organisation can take to support staff at every stage of the mental health spectrum - whether they're stressed or have a diagnosed mental health condition.

India needs web-based online portals such as the District Mental Health Programme (DMHP) to reach out to its vast population.

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Understand the causes, symptoms and support options for a range of mental health problems.

Mental health researchers and practitioners have also found other mental health issues like substance use disorder and Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder in children, he added. For many, these can be times of stress and anxiety, and these feelings can lead to serious mental illness if they are not recognised and managed in time.

Although Marisa was not bullied on the internet, she says it was a common occurrence in her peer group.

We are aware that the World Federation for Mental Health created the day 24 years ago as a global platform for all nations to create awareness of mental health and issues associated with mental illness. No wonder mental health schemes and mental healthcare are not so advanced in India, as in the Western world.

Xero points out that one in five people live with mental illness, but there's still social stigma so they rarely speak up about it. The more we talk about mental health, the more we can identify and support those in need.

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