Global mental health report blasts South Africa for Esidimeni

One in six people every week experience a common mental health problem like anxiety or depression

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Commenting on general mental health awareness, Love said: "While there is no definitive guide for mental health in the workplace, supporting your employees' well-being should remain a top-level consideration". This meant starting intravenous (IV) care, cleaning wounds and learning electrocardiogram procedures.

But as I worked at my first few nursing jobs, I learned it took more than technical skills to be a nurse. "But the truth is, in the scheme of things, the people of Bellevue Hospital have been abandoned, basically, and you don't know they exist until something happens".

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.

More than a quarter (26%) of people aged 16-24 years and a similar proportion (25%) of people aged 25-34 years had a 12-month mental disorder, compared with 6% of those aged 75-85 years old.

As a mental health nurse, the challenges are high but the rewards are even higher.

According to the Asian American Journal of Psychology, Asian Americans have lower rates of using any type of mental health-related services than the general population. That's where we come in.

While the UK's move was welcomed, critics blamed shortfalls affecting mental health services on the government's austerity drive.

"Our message is that, by redirecting your energies towards boosting your physical health, reaching out to those around you, becoming more aware of your feelings, trying new things and focusing on kindness and sharing, you can combat numerous negative emotions and behaviours that affect our everyday lives".

Exactly a year after the start of the arbitration hearings that sought justice for the families of the dead Life Esidimeni patients, the esteemed The Lancet medical journal has released a global mental health report condemning the local disaster as "tragic".

As we care for our patients, our focus it to provide support, educate the public and advocate for equal care. The lack of awareness and the severe shortage of mental health professionals in the country add to the problem. We'll have nurses on site who can share what makes their careers so rewarding.

The last resource, which includes online interventions, could be particularly appropriate, the WHO said, due to the stigma attached to mental health issues, which may prevent some young adults from seeking help.

You can't deny the positive impact that talking does.

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