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Event highlights mental health issues

12 October 2018

"Psychosocial support can be provided in schools and other community settings and of course training for health workers to enable them to detect and manage mental health disorders can be put in place, improved or expanded".

A mental health advocate in California, who has recently been awarded by the State Senate, said on Wednesday that her priority now is to help raise the awareness of mental illnesses among young Chinese Americans.

One notion can be the "pray it away" or "if you have God, you can overcome" narrative.

Those wanting to help raise awareness of mental health issues can choose to wear a green ribbon, seen as the global symbol for the movement. Yet despite how widespread mental health issues are, many people can not find adequate mental healthcare.

"The whole school joined together to support World Mental Health Day and the explosion of yellow was spectacular". The same survey revealed that 26 percent of respondents were afraid of being categorised as mentally ill. In an article published on The Guardian this week, the 32-year-old co-writes about the devastating number of people who take their own lives each year, and asks for global change in how mental health is viewed, treated and funded. The neighbour that we can look out for because they have no family, the person who is unable to work through illness, the child at school who has conditions such as ADHD, dyspraxia and other disabilities which mean they need out understanding and support.

The plan, established in conjunction between the EIS and UK Sport, aims to take care of athlete's mental health needs as well as their physical health.

Doyle-Price, in her new role as minister for mental health, inequalities and suicide prevention, said: "In my time as health minister I have met many people who have been bereaved by suicide and their stories of pain and loss will stay with me for a long time. And we can all be a part of a new movement - including people who have faced mental illness themselves - to call on governments and industry to put mental health at the top of their agendas".

On completion, trainees will gain a qualification in Adult Mental Health First Aid, with the certificate issued by Mental Health First Aid (England).

According to the authors, the time is now to change the perceptions surrounding mental health issues and to better the way we care for those dealing with them in the process.

Jo Loughran, Interim Director of Time to Change, said: "We know it can be hard to talk about mental health, which is why we're supporting employers to open up; to talk and to listen. Even treated mental illness often shortens life, so untreated mental illness is even more substantial of an issue". Secondly, technology can successfully act as the vehicle for mental health treatments based on established psychological therapies. "Without people there is no business, so workplaces should facilitate interpersonal connection - for example, break-out areas and dedicated collaboration spaces help to avoid feeling isolated, and voluntary work can be a powerful and satisfying activity that is dually beneficial".

Event highlights mental health issues