City firm trains staff as mental health 'first aiders'

Lady Gaga Writes Op Ed on Suicide Mental Health Stigma

Lady Gaga Writes Op Ed on Suicide Mental Health Stigma

"Fortunately, there is a growing recognition of the importance of helping young people build mental resilience, from the earliest ages, in order to cope with the challenges of today's world".

'Mental health services are still being underfunded by the Conservative government, with one in 10 CCGs (clinical commissioning groups) failing to meet the mental health investment standard in the previous year - that is leading to adults having to wait as many as four months for treatment in certain areas, while one in four children are being rejected for treatment after referral'.

Youth are also affected: one in five aged 13-18 experience a severe mental disorder.

The Director of the Accra Psychiatric Hospital, Dr Pinaman Appau, who launched this year's celebrations, said while, admittedly, economies around the world were tightening up, fixing the mental challenge should not be at the expense of the quality of life of people.

For World Mental Health Day 2018, today (10 October), the Mental Health Foundation is focusing on education, and launching our new campaign, Make it Count, because mental health is not extracurricular.

The good mental health of employees is not only socially responsible, but makes business sense too. The report found that self-harm is the second most common cause of death for girls aged 15-19, and the third most common for boys of that age range (see chart).

Poor mental health during adolescence has an impact on educational achievement and increases the risk of alcohol and substance use and violent behavior, he said, adding that suicide is a leading cause of death in young people.

Peng said she still remembered when she asked the audience to raise their hands if they were afraid of mental illnesses at a Chinese community event in the Bay Area three years ago, nearly everyone of the audience raised their hands.

Why? Because most people, who suffer from major depressive disorder, would rather hide their emotions than be a burden to their loved ones.

For many players, mental health can be a hard subject to talk about.

The South Wales-based business has been working with mental health charity Mates in Mind to break the stigma surrounding mental health in the construction industry and train key members of staff to recognise mental health issues in colleagues and help counsel them through their problems.

Young people continue to be judged on academic performance with little regard for their mental health.

The focus of this year's WMHD is on young people.

In response, both Australia and New Zealand have embarked upon national collaborative initiatives to improve the physical health of people living with mental health issues.

Celebrities around the globe have united, opening up about their personal struggles with mental illness like severe anxiety or, as in Lady Gaga's case, crippling depression.

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