Why it's important to understand mental health

Why it's important to understand mental health

Speaking at a Downing Street reception marking World Mental Health Day, May said: "When I first became prime minister, I stood on the steps of Downing Street and pledged to fight the burning injustices in our society".

It's World Mental Health Day on today, 10 October. The goal of the week is to replace the stigma of mental illness with hope and support, and to advocate for care for those who need it. Surveys in India and China, which have a third of the global population, suggest that more than 80% of people with any mental health or substance use disorder did not seek treatment.

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.

"We want to encourage everyone to get active to help manage the stresses at work and in our personal lives".

The research shows that Kiwis who meet the global physical activity recommendations of at least 2.5 hours of moderate to vigorous-intensity physical activity a week are 51% more likely to have healthy mental wellbeing.

For we are not looking after our health if we are not looking after our mental health.

"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".

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She wore a attractive purple dress from Emilia Wickstead for the outing teamed with a pair of nude heels. The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge have attended the Mental Health Summit at County Hall in London.

Barbara Keeley, mental health spokeswoman for the opposition Labour Party, told the Press Association: "A focus on suicide prevention is long overdue given the appalling increase in suicide rates since 2010, particularly among young people, but it also needs proper funding of front line services".

We live in a country where waiting lists are months long, misdiagnoses are rampant, medication is handed out as a quick-fix, and many (but not all) doctors are still dismissing symptoms as well, essentially, nothing.

Anxiety and depression are the most common categories of mental illnesses.

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

"The whole school joined together to support World Mental Health Day and the explosion of yellow was spectacular". "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".

Investment by governments and the involvement of the social, health and education sectors in comprehensive, integrated, evidence-based programmes for the mental health of young people is essential.

And we can give the mental wellbeing of our children the priority that it so profoundly deserves. Communication is the key, and it is important to not trivialise a constant or sudden change in somebody's behaviour around us as craziness.

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