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How to be a better friend to someone with mental health issues

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Patty Aguilar | 10 October, 2018, 23:46

Doyle-Price will lead a taskforce of national and local government, self-harm charities, clinicians and those personally affected by suicide to drive forward a mental health strategy.

Launched as part of World Mental Health Day, "Jason McAteer; Through the Storm" takes a powerful look into the world of mental health and challenges the associated stigma of speaking up through personal accounts, both on and off the pitch.

United Kingdom journalist Hattie Gladwell initiated a Twitter thread with the hashtag detailing 'Things people have said about my mental illness.' The thread went viral, and exposed us to the kind of comments those suffering with mental illness had heard.

"A child can suffer huge 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. This year, it's young people and mental health in a changing world.

WHO, in its recommendations, called for the integration of mental health into primary healthcare.

Mental health problem among children and youth remains a neglected sector globally.

According to the global agency, 10 to 20 per cent of children and adolescents worldwide suffer from mental disorders.

"The stigma of mental illness is probably as big a problem as mental illness itself", said Patrick Corrigan, a professor of psychology at the Illinois Institute of Technology.

The neglect of mental health provision for children, the Cinderella service that promised parity of esteem...

"In the African region, it is estimated that 5 per cent of the population aged below 15 years, suffer from a mental disorder". The usual onset of a mental illness is early adulthood (19 to 23-years-old). "But factors such as financial problems, stress, substance abuse and exam stress can also be factors".

The harmful use of alcohol and illicit drugs among adolescents were also identified as contributing to risky behaviours such as violence, unsafe sex and dangerous driving.

"In a country where only few have access to health services, the awareness level about mental health issues is rare". We have commenced the construction of primary health centres across the state to reach all Edo people and residents irrespective of where they reside. But we want to see more.

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