World in mental health crisis of 'monumental suffering', say experts

Grant Boone
October 13, 2018

"World Mental Health Day celebrates global mental health education, awareness and advocacy against social stigma".

World Mental Health Day is a day when this can be observed and people can take action.

"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", he said.

World Mental Health Day is an annual event created to promote worldwide mental health education, awareness and advocacy, particularly against the social stigma that many people with mental health issues face. Experts estimate that one in four people have treatable mental or emotional difficulties, but up to 75 percent of sufferers don't seek the help they need.

'We want to bring attention to the issues our youth and young adults are facing in our world today and begin the conversation around what they need in order to grow up healthy, happy and resilient, ' writes the World Federation for Mental Health.

Suicide is the second leading cause of death among 15 to 29-year-olds.

Barbara Keeley, mental health spokeswoman for the opposition Labour Party, told the Press Association: "A focus on suicide prevention is long overdue given the appalling increase in suicide rates since 2010, particularly among young people, but it also needs proper funding of front line services".

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"Mental health is a very important issue and we should try to help young people to live happier lives without worry", said Seb, who raised more than £400 for Young Minds through a cake sale and by selling yellow headbands.

The National Mental Health at Work report, commissioned by Business in the Community in partnership with Mercer, has found that 72% of LGBTQ+ people have experienced mental health issues as a result of work.

Together, they will pool their knowledge to help improve mental health outcomes.

The HSE's national director for mental health operations, Jim Ryan, encouraged anyone who is concerned about their own or someone else's mental health, to visit the website.

"Our survey strongly indicates that young people are concerned about financial difficulties and debt and in some cases this is having a real impact on their mental health and future outlook".

"I have suffered myself, as has my family, with anxiety and depression and struggled to get the appropriate treatment, so I'm thrilled to back this cause to destigmatise any issues around mental health concerns, and open up the dialogue.

And we can all be a part of a new movement - including people who have faced mental health illness themselves - to call on governments and industry to put mental health at the top of their agendas".

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