Matt Hancock made the announcement on World Mental Health Day that Jackie Doyle-Price will lead efforts to cut the number of people taking their own lives - now 4,500 every year in England. The root cause? Lack of access due to cost, limited resources, funding, social stigma and distance/ability to secure an appointment.
According to the World Health Organisation, Adolescence and the early years of adulthood are a time of life when many changes occur, for example changing schools, leaving home, and starting university or a new job.
Responding to the new post, Hancock said the United Kingdom is "already making progress when it comes to suicide prevention" as the "suicide rate is at its lowest for seven years", but "we need to do more to challenge the stigma that people with mental ill-health face and make sure they feel they can reach out for help".
It also urged continuous training for primary healthcare workers to enable them detect and manage common mental health problems in community settings.
Children and adolescents in humanitarian settings are particularly vulnerable to mental distress and illness, World Health Organization said. The theme for this year is 'Young people and mental health in a changing world, ' while in 2017 it was 'Mental health in the workplace'. "No one should be afraid to go for a mental health check-up or a mental health professional".
WHO, in its recommendations, called for the integration of mental health into primary healthcare.
Globally, "depression is one of the leading causes of illness and disability among adolescents" with suicide being the third leading cause of death in 15 to 19-year-olds, noted the WHO.
Mental illness most of the times don't improve on their own and needs professional consultation.
"There are only 0.58 beds per 100,000 population in Nepal to avail mental health services while hospitals providing mental health services are only available in urban areas", said Dr Basudev Karki, psychiatrist at Mental Hospital in Patan. We can all learn how to offer support to loved ones going through a hard time.
"We can all help to build communities that understand, respect and prioritize mental wellness".
The governor explained that people with mental health problems deserve love, care, understanding and support.
"We can end the stigma that has forced too many to suffer in silence". We have commenced the construction of primary health centres across the state to reach all Edo people and residents irrespective of where they reside.