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Getting loud for mental health

09 May 2019

51% of young people believe that anyone their age diagnosed with a mental illness would be embarrassed.

For those who aren't able to attend this week's festivities, Rushton encourages these people to contact CMHA directly to find out about the kind of services they offer, like psychosocial rehabilitation, self-help and workplace mental health solutions.

Fewer than half, though, would seek professional help when it came to obsessive compulsive behaviours (49 per cent), personality disorders (47 per cent), bipolar disorders (43 per cent), and eating disorders (36 per cent).

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The authority is also determined to start intervention as early as possible, with its Infant Mental Health programme for newborns to five-year-olds.

However, he recognised that jobseekers with mental health conditions such as depression and anxiety disorders may also require employment assistance. But people with those disorders weren't alone.

People who had experience with mental health disorders were more likely to be comfortable with them.

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Members of the Blue Ridge Behavioral Healthcare set up a booth in downtown Roanoke Monday morning to spread awareness about mental heath illnesses among children.

South Africa's mental health policies and laws are in line with global human rights covenants, but these rights and freedoms alone are not enough to protect South Africans living with mental disorders, who are vulnerable to abuse and human rights violations. "They indicate a willingness to be more open about mental illness, as well as a strong belief among older respondents that having a mental disorder is nothing to be ashamed of".

Almost 4 of 5 respondents agreed that less stigma and shame around mental health disorders would lower suicide rates. "Mental healthcare in the country is under-resourced and of inadequate quality, and many patients still face isolation and marginalisation as a result of stigma", says Chima. The overall goal of the theme is to help Canadians understand the terminology and reduce the confusion and misconceptions to do with mental illness. "That's when we start appraising ourselves - our thoughts, our emotions - in relation to mental illness and start internalizing other people's attitudes toward ourselves". "This conference will create opportunities for an important dialogue on global strategies, to protect the most vulnerable in our society", he says.

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Professor Chima will address delegates on the ethics of mental health in a session on "Suicide, Depression and Mental Health Ethics in Africa", which will feature at this year's Africa Health Exhibition and Conferences, to be held from the 28 - 30 May at Gallagher Convention Centre in Johannesburg.

Getting loud for mental health