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Social, Economic Stress Blamed For Mental Illness Among Youth

12 October 2018

"It's important we stop the stigma around and increase the normalcy surrounding mental health problems and provide the apt awareness and information about it", they said on World Mental Health day marked on October 10.

In the meantime, Acting Director for the Mental Health and Substance Abuse Unit in the Ministry of Health Kevin Goulbourne is concerned that not many persons are able to detect young relatives who may be suffering from a mental illness.

A spokesman from Therapy Dogs said: "Its a fact that spending time with a puppy or kitten reduces stress and have a great impact on our mental health thats why our pets are so popular".

"The mandate is meant to help students understand more about emotional and mental wellness, and help them understand when to seek help for themselves and others", said Mary Kekatos, Health Reporter for the Daily Mail.

"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. "The statistics make worrying reading for our industry and anything I can do to help people with their current situation is very important to me and also personally, very rewarding".

He observed that although African countries were making progress, much more needed to be done to build mental resilience from an early age to help prevent mental distress and illness among adolescents and young adults and to manage recovery.

However, according to the PLP a survey carried out by Unison in 2017 stated that 68 per cent of staff who work in mental health services felt they are reaching crisis point due to a lack of beds, staff and investment.

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Starting in 2019, the government will also publish a "State of the Nation" report every year on World Mental Health Day, and recruitment has begun for new mental health support teams in schools. In addition to shining a light on mental illness, the week also offers an opportunity for behavioral health nurses to reflect on the impact they have in the lives of the people they serve.

The good mental health of employees is not only socially responsible, but makes business sense too.

Issues such as homelessness, exposure to violence and perceived racism are some factors that can worsen the effects of mental health illness in African Americans.

"The doctors are trained to recognise mental health issues and are assisted by EIS sports psychologists and performance lifestyle advisers".

The children's commissioner welcomed Mrs May's announcement, but added: 'We need to see urgent action and implementation now.

Spending on children and young people's mental health, as a proportion of the overall mental health spend, is very low indeed, and we can not expect to meet all the need that there is when services are constantly challenged by austerity, making it harder and harder for children and young people to access help.

Social, Economic Stress Blamed For Mental Illness Among Youth