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Why it's important to understand mental health

Why it's important to understand mental health

Youth are also affected: one in five aged 13-18 experience a severe mental disorder.

This week has been set aside as National Mental Illness Awareness Week.

"So, this is a way for them [youth] to talk about what they are going through and to get help before it leads to suicide", she concluded.

Kufre gave the advice in an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Abuja to commemorate the World Mental Health Day.

October 10 was #WorldMentalHealthDay - a day to raise awareness about social stigma on mental health worldwide, an opportunity for all of us to share and speak up about our emotional struggles.

The authors questioned why mental health issues remained on the least priority. Suicide is the second leading cause of death among 15-29-year-olds. Children are not getting time to know their parents and parents are not knowing their children.

At the meeting, they're expected to review new research on treatment and how to tackle a set of diseases that will cost the world R240-trillion by 2030, according to a 2011 report by the World Economic Forum and Harvard University's School of Public Health in the United States.

"This is because they don't have time to know their children", he said. "Reading the emotion in the writings people have left about the people who have passed away is really powerful".

"These are not things that the psychiatric hospital has control over", he stated. It will also teach those kids, as well as other kids who don't have anything, that mental illnesses are not scary and everyone can still be amongst each other without problems.

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Obstfeld spoke at the World Economic Outlook press conference in Indonesia, where the global body focused on the growth of the Asian economy.

According to World Health Organization, "adolescence and the early years of adulthood are a time of life when many changes occur; for example, changing schools, leaving home, and starting university or a new job".

Because of culture-related factors, such as family conflict, perceived discrimination and ethnic identity, many Chinese immigrants tend to avoid talking about mental illnesses even when they suffer from depression or other mental illnesses, said Peng.

To young kids and teenagers, it isn't easy to spot someone who shows signs of common disorders such as anxiety, depression, attention-deficit/hyperactivity, or bipolar.

Suicide is the most extreme and visible symptom of the larger mental health emergency we are so far failing to adequately address.

"In today's changing world, expanding online technologies undoubtedly bring many benefits, but can also exert additional pressure when people feel the need to be constantly connected", he said.

NAMI cites research that among adults with a serious mental illness, 62.9 percent received mental health services in the past year.

Heather Dunn is the Coordinator of "Ending the Silence", a program sponsored by NAMI (National Alliance on Mental Illness).

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


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