Mental health disorders around the world predicted to cost trillions

Florence Lopez
October 10, 2018

This year's World Mental Health Day focuses on young people.

"We hope this small step will help those who need to take time out for their personal wellbeing to do so without feeling a stigma".

About one in five adults in the US experiences some form of mental illness each year, according to the National Alliance on Mental Illness, but only 41 per cent of those affected received mental health care or services in the past year.

For example, children with conduct disorder are twice more likely to drop out of school, four times more likely to become addicted to drugs and twenty times more likely to end up in jail.

Stress is the most common response, with over half (55%) experiencing this frequently or occasionally, compared to 54% for sleeplessness, 47% for low mood, and 41% for anxiety.

More than 200,000 people have signed a petition calling for mental health to be given as much importance as physical health at work. "If mental health issues are tackled as soon as they occur, they may not degenerate to mental illnesses", he said.

On this World Mental Health Day this newspaper is once more putting the spotlight on mental health, starting with the heartbreaking story of young mum Rachael Campey. People will readily swallow pain-killers, totally ignorant that they have far more lethal side effects than any anti-depressant - because it is for treating a bodily disorder.

Ultimately, mental health affects primarily how you feel, think and behave.

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Academy manager Byron Anthony said: "It's well documented these days in regards of the mental health, not just in football but in general society". It was initially started by the World Federation for Mental Health.

"Central to this campaign is the concept of empowerment. And we can give the mental wellbeing of our children the priority it so profoundly deserves".

Katharine Moxham, spokesperson for GRiD, said: "The repercussions of young people dealing with poor mental health are far-reaching".

It is being promoted to adults across the Midlands, and is being supported by a range of public sector, charity, and commercial partners. Sadly, many people still don't speak up when faced with these challenges due to the stigma that can be associated with it.

A minister for suicide prevention has been appointed in England by the prime minister as the government hosts the first ever global mental health summit.

Mental health researchers Dr Jo Robinson and Professor Patrick McGorry say that this rise in suicides is "devastating".

Health Secretary Jeane Freeman MSP, said: "Every child and young person should have access to emotional and mental well-being support in schools".

Xero is also working closely with mental health organisations across the world to support mental health causes. But this government has come nowhere near the scale of ambition we need for improving our mental health across the United Kingdom, especially in the workforce. "I would really like to see a world where people who experience mental illness are free from stigma. stigma reduction is absolutely the foundation piece, but we can't stop there; we then need to provide appropriate, adequate and well-resourced help and support so that people can lead a very full and very flourishing life".

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