Celebrities Demand Global Action to Combat Mental Health Stigma

Celebrities Demand Global Action to Combat Mental Health Stigma

Celebrities Demand Global Action to Combat Mental Health Stigma

Shockingly, 68 percent of respondents said those suffering from mental health disorders should not be given responsibility.

"Children and adolescents in humanitarian settings are particularly vulnerable to mental distress and illness".

World Mental Health Day is a day for global mental health education, awareness and advocacy against social stigma; this year's theme is "Young people and mental health in a changing world". "We can prevent the tragedy of suicide taking too many lives", May said.

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

"Previously, there has been very little work done on physical activity from a mental health perspective". The piece tackles the issues surrounding mental healthcare, or lack thereof, and asks that we all work to de-stigmatize illnesses that plague so many.

Chiara Servili, an adviser at the WHO's Department of Mental Health and Substance Abuse, said that schools play an important role in all this.

A recent World Health Organization analysis recommends that countries implement suicide prevention policies, noting that suicide is the second-leading cause of death among young people globally. SADAG says that university students may experience depression, stress and anxiety on a daily basis without realising they are suffering from a mental illness.

Sam was sports-mad but his mental health spiralled after he fractured his back at fifteen, he was told a year later that he could never play sports again.

Dr Richard Horton, editor-in-chief of the Lancet medical journal, which commissioned the report, said it highlighted the "shameful and shocking treatment of people with mental ill health around the world".

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

"It is positive that mental health is being publicly talked about and I am confident that we are moving in the right direction which will ultimately benefit every athlete, coach and support staff member working in Olympic and Paralympic sport".

Many people in society are affected by mental illness. However, the service felt many of these emergency retrievals could be avoided if more appropriate and comprehensive mental health services were available in remote and rural areas. "Young people that we're seeing are going through adolescence, they are going through the demands and challenges of puberty and that can affect their thought processes and how they rationalise things out". As the United Nations panel recognised, ensuring good mental health goes some way towards reducing the burden of NCDs and therefore improving public health overall.

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