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How to be a better friend to someone with mental health issues

11 October 2018

Despite the millions of people who are affected by mental health issues, many of those suffering don't speak up because of the stigma that still exists. The root cause? Lack of access due to cost, limited resources, funding, social stigma and distance/ability to secure an appointment. This year, it's young people and mental health in a changing world. "And that without regarding your mental health as important as looking after your physical health, holistically speaking as a person, it's one component of you but you can't also neglect it in that sense".

It also urged continuous training for primary healthcare workers to enable them detect and manage common mental health problems in community settings.

United Kingdom journalist Hattie Gladwell initiated a Twitter thread with the hashtag detailing 'Things people have said about my mental illness.' The thread went viral, and exposed us to the kind of comments those suffering with mental illness had heard.

For many of these young people, their ED visit was their first physician contact for mental health services.

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Measures to help top British athletes deal with mental health issues are being introduced by UK Sport and the English Institute of Sport (EIS).

Parents who are anxious about their children's mental wellbeing can call YoungMinds' parent helpline on 0808 802 5544 between 9.30am and 4pm Monday to Friday.

Professor Vikram Patel, one of the Commission's editors, said that mental health "is the foundation of human capability that makes each life worthwhile and meaningful".

Depression was identified as the third leading cause of mental illnesses and disability among adolescents globally, while suicide is the second leading cause of death among 15-29-year-olds.

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Half of all mental illness begins by the age of 14, but most cases go undetected and untreated.

"We can all help to build communities that understand, respect and prioritize mental wellness".

The new campaign highlights that while we can all feel stressed, anxious, low or have trouble sleeping, there are simple actions we can take to manage these issues and prevent them from becoming more serious. "It's time we should change the perception", adds Dr Desousa.

"The new Mental Health Strategy and the other measures we are promoting today demonstrate that our work in the area is consistently evolving and improving as we move forward".

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