Celebrities Demand Global Action to Combat Mental Health Stigma

Art student Jacqueline Goodall has spoken out about her own mental health challenges

Art student Jacqueline Goodall has spoken out about her own mental health challenges

Data on the National Alliance on Mental Illness shows that 50 percent of chronic mental illnesses starts by age fourteen.

Dr Eno Kufre, a Psychiatrist with a Private Psychiatrist Centre in Gwagalada on Wednesday said compounded stress and apprehension if not recognised and managed could lead to mental illness.

Many people in society are affected by mental illness. Have you ever thought that the maid who works in your home, the sweeper who keeps your lane clean, and the rickshaw-puller who takes you places needs mental health treatment support?

"And it appears that more and more people are now turning to pets because of the positive effect and contribution they can have on mental health".

From mental health care funding and destigmatizing the issues, we have got to do better. People living with mental illness in Australia are at twice the risk of early death and three times the risk if they live in rural communities.

The World Federation for Mental Health created the day 24 years ago as a global platform for all nations to create awareness of mental health and issues associated with mental illness.

This is why Health Minister, Dr. Duane Sands yesterday stressed the importance of raising the issue of mental health in conversations.

Jacqueline Goodall
Jacqueline Goodall

"A healthy mind is every bit as important as a healthy body, but the stigma associated with mental health issues is often a huge factor is preventing those struggling, from seeking the right kind of help and support".

"By the time you finish reading this, at least six people will have killed themselves around the world." they began.

"At present, every nation in the world is a "developing" country when it comes to mental health", the pair wrote. We have a long way to go as a state in the way that we fund treatment.

She says, although today most people understand that mental illness is a medical condition, still the stigma stops people from seeking medical help.

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".

Lady Gaga and Adhanom closed by saying, "The two of us have taken different paths in life". But it also means using highly refined assessment skills to be able to pick up subtle changes in your patient's behavior, to know when to notify the physician that there is a significant change in condition without having a lot of equipment to help you "make your case" to the doctor.

"Mental health is beyond any barriers of gender, status etc; it's a very personal yet quite a universal trait that anyone can experience".

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