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Destigmatise mental health in Jamaica - Tufton | Lead Stories

12 October 2018

And, if not recognized and managed, these feelings can lead to mental illness.

Chance, who recently pledged $1 million to mental health resources in his hometown of Chicago, wrote on Twitter that friends and family members need to realize that their expectations are unlikely to match the progress of their loved ones that are dealing with mental illness.

While there has been some progress, the authors urge governments to do more, writing that "mental health now receives less than 1 per cent of global aid". Many more people - one in four, in fact - will have mental health issues at some point in their lives.

Now, the singer and actress is fighting for more awareness and funding for mental health.

According to the report, mental disorders are rising in every single country in the world and will cost the world's economy $16 trillion by 2030.

"Take social media, I think we've now got enough evidence and research into the impact of social media on mental health", he said.

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Globally, "depression is one of the leading causes of illness and disability among adolescents" with suicide being the third leading cause of death in 15 to 19-year-olds, noted the WHO. "It is time to do the same for mental health".

President Ram Nath Kovind has warned of a mental health epidemic in India but despite this grim reality a mere ten percent of those who require mental healthcare can avail it. Compounding the crisis is the stigma those with mental health conditions suffer from their fellow citizens.

The numbers of young people, including children under the age of 14, presenting and dealing with mental illnesses is rising.

It is an initiative by the World Federation for Mental Health to raise public awareness of mental health issues worldwide, and forms part of national Mental Health Week. But it also means using highly refined assessment skills to be able to pick up subtle changes in your patient's behavior, to know when to notify the physician that there is a significant change in condition without having a lot of equipment to help you "make your case" to the doctor. "You don't have to be an worldwide artist or the head of the World Health Organization (WHO) to make an impact".

But at the same time, World Mental Health Day is just that - a day. She founded the Born This Way Foundation in 2012 to help young people address mental wellness, and she herself has been open about surviving a sexual assault by a record producer when she was 19 years old.

Women were more likely to experience mental disorders (22%) than men (18%), with a higher rate of anxiety disorders (18% compared to 11% for men) and affective disorders (7% and 5%).

Destigmatise mental health in Jamaica - Tufton | Lead Stories