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October 7-13 is Mental Illness Awareness Week

Ally Finnis By Ally Finnis Ally Finnis is a UNICEF Young Ambassador
Marty Perkins | 10 October, 2018, 05:56

World Mental Health Day is observed on October 10 every year, with the overall aim of raising awareness and changing attitudes surrounding mental health problems around the world, whilst encouraging people to start looking after their own wellbeing.

"This campaign has secured so much support from across the country which will be very significant when it comes to garnering the support of my MP colleagues", she said.

Primary Health Care Corporation (PHCC), in partnership with Weyak - Mental Health Friends Association - to coincide with World Mental Health Day, has joined to run a variety of activities, events, and seminars across Doha.

Seape added that the causes of depression and related mental illnesses in teenagers and young adults are multi-faceted. Roughly 43.8 million USA adults experience mental illness each year, according to the National Alliance on Mental Illness.

"In fact, this organization states that half of all mental illness begins at age 14, but most cases remain undetected".

The Million Minds Research Mission, which was announced in this year's Budget, will help an additional one million people be part of new approaches to prevent, detect, diagnose, and treat mental illness.

In a survey by CV Library, the respondents who identified having a mental health problem, 89% said it impacts their life.

He said most Nigerians often comment that "they are not mad" when asked to attempt behavioral assessments with mental health experts.




Just as physical health can change over time so can our mental health. There are also rarer conditions like Bipolar Disorder and Schizophrenia, as well as eating disorders, that carry an even greater stigma.

There will be a health marketplace, with Pearson Legal, Tameside Oldham, Glossop Mind and Healthy Minds on hand to give information and advice about health and wellbeing. This year, the theme of World Mental Health Day is "Young people and mental health in a changing world" - a vital concern given that approximately 1 in 5 adolescents experience mental and behavioural problems in any given year.

The Betterfuture: Better Mental Health programme has been built using the framework introduced by Building Mental Health; an industry-wide initiative joining construction businesses with active and freely available support, information and advice.

But logically if we go for an annual physical health checkup, we should also go for a mental checkup.

It explained that the lack of such a facility can have dire effects on the diagnosis and treatment of children.

Dr Emmanuel Alhassan said some people enroll their children in schools which they cannot afford the school fees and it becomes a burden for them; some stay on in abusive relationships instead of staying away for some time until it is resolved, or borrow money they can't pay thus putting themselves under stress. The statistics show that just 21% of employees receive dedicated mental health support from their employer.

Suggesting measures to help take care of one's mental health, Bokatoli said: "There is no health without mental health, our well being, productivity and happiness of life are majorly affected by the state our mental health".

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