An invisible crisis: developing countries remain ill-equipped to tackle mental health

Lady Gaga co-writes new op-ed about suicide and mental health

Lady Gaga co-writes new op-ed about suicide and mental health

Wheeler congratulated the efforts of the Health Ministry and other organisations to raise awareness about mental health.

Tufton reasoned that what is needed is a strong sensitisation programme geared at giving information to the public that persons suffering from mental illness can be treated and must not be sidelined by caregivers.

Lady Gaga penned down a powerful letter about mental health and the stigma that surrounds it on the eve of "World Mental Health Day".

Debbie Jevans, Interim Chair of the EFL said: "Every day throughout the year the EFL, through its 72 Clubs and their support staff ensure players improve and maintain their physical health".

Meanwhile, Health Secretary Matt Hancock is hosting the first ever Global Ministerial Mental Health Summit in London, attended by ministers and representatives from over 50 countries as well as the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge.

"Even when treatment is sought, its quality is poor - the World Mental Health Surveys reported that one in five people with depressive disorder received minimally adequate treatment in high-income countries, dropping to just one in 27 in LMICs (low and middle income countries)", the report said. For many, these can be times of stress and anxiety, and these feelings can lead to serious mental illness if they are not recognised and managed in time.

The harmful use of alcohol and illicit drugs among adolescents were also identified as contributing to risky behaviours such as violence, unsafe sex and dangerous driving. With adolescence being a crucial period in the development of young people's social and emotional habits, Wheeler said studies showed 17 per cent of students in 2011 had considered suicide and 14 per cent actually attempted it.

The governor explained that people with mental health problems deserve love, care, understanding and support.

"In 2016, a tragic case occurred in South Africa when the Gauteng Department of Health stopped funding a large 2000 bed facility and allowed the dis¬charge of vulnerable people with psychosocial disability into unlicensed community residential facilities, leading to the death of over 140 people", noted the 46-page report which brought together global mental health experts, advocates and mental health users.

"As a government, we have delineated our health system for easy appreciation of the roles required by all stakeholders in the sector". We have commenced the construction of primary health centres across the state to reach all Edo people and residents irrespective of where they reside.

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