'2.2m Nepalis suffer from mental health disorder' - Capital

Grant Boone
October 10, 2018

Each World Mental Health Day has a theme to focus on.

Lady Gaga, who co-founded the Born This Way youth advocacy group, and Dr. Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, director-general at the World Health Organization, co-authored the piece and shared some shocking statistics to bring attention to the importance of mental health.

United Kingdom journalist Hattie Gladwell initiated a Twitter thread with the hashtag detailing 'Things people have said about my mental illness.' The thread went viral, and exposed us to the kind of comments those suffering with mental illness had heard. "Since children can not express their mental problems, it remains unidentified and affects them more as they grow older".

It urged African leaders to develop and strengthen evidence-based programmes for young people, with the support of national policymakers and programme managers.

"The stigma of mental illness is probably as big a problem as mental illness itself", said Patrick Corrigan, a professor of psychology at the Illinois Institute of Technology.

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Mental disorders are estimated to cost the global community almost $2.5 trillion each year - and those costs are increasing. The usual onset of a mental illness is early adulthood (19 to 23-years-old). 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.

According to the op-ed, the staggering number of annual suicides is due in part to the persistent stigma surrounding discussion of mental health issues, and a dearth of accessible mental health resources or care. "There are multiple factors that determine the mental health issues face are much greater with the advent and proliferation of social media and challenges associated with its misuse among other issues".

He said the government is looking at a range of issues in society that could be leading people to kill themselves.

"As a government, we have delineated our health system for easy appreciation of the roles required by all stakeholders in the sector". We respond to more than five million requests for help a year.

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