Mental illness will cost the world R240-trillion by 2030

Grant Boone
October 10, 2018

The work of 28 global experts as well as people who have experienced mental illness, the document calls for an end to human rights abuses such as shackling in their homes or institutions, torture and imprisonment against mental health patients - and makes special mention of the Life Esidimeni tragedy.

Xero is one company that is taking the importance of mental health seriously.

On World Mental Health Day, mental health care providers point to the urgent need to address that fact that the onset age of depression and mental health disorders is coming down. Whilst individually people report difficulties accessing the right services and long waiting lists (which vary massively from area to area) the Government's own spending watchdog warns of a ticking timebomb.

The survey of more than 2,000 workers in the United Kingdom found that four in ten people (39 percent) are already using technology - such as online services, mobile apps and wearables - to manage stress, improve sleep and boost mental wellbeing; the number is even greater - 46 percent - among those who have experienced mental health issues. It's where we spend a majority of our time, build friendships and where we make our livelihoods.

The players took part in activities highlighting celebrities who have spoken about mental health issues, and another which saw a player holding one beanbag for every pressure, worry or demand that the players could have. This begs the question: is enough being done to help young South Africans battling with mental health issues?

Although mental illness is fast becoming the world's most expensive disease-particularly because it afflicts so many young people at the beginning of their working lives-the illnesses remain both tragic and hidden.

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Comprehensive behavioral assessments help psychologists to identify mental health disorders or some imbalance such as: sleep disorders, work life integration, burnout, and anxiety.

In light of World Mental Health Day, employers and employees alike should take some time to reflect on their personal wellbeing and that of their colleagues and consider measures they could implement to promote positive mental health within the workplace.

The application seeks to provide business owners with a flexible, free and accessible support service, allowing them to conduct brief screens or mental health checks around common business stresses. It can include a clinical assessment by mental health specialists, diagnosis, counselling, cognitive behavioural therapy as well as other specialist help. "They're called peer programming", she said.

"(We have) education classes, 12 week classes where people come and learn what their loved one is going through, if they have a mental health disorder or illness. They also provide the opportunity for employees to give feedback about what changes could be made within the workplace to enhance wellbeing.

Wednesday, 10 October will be World Mental Health Day, an annual event to raise awareness about issues around mental health around the world.

According to the World Health Organisation, 5.5 per cent of its population has depression. This Partnership would bring together allies from across the diverse global mental health community and beyond.

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