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

Helen-Maria Vasiliadis

This begs the question: is enough being done to help young South Africans battling with mental health issues?

Lady Gaga has penned an emotional essay on mental health in honour of World Mental Health Day.

In similar vein, the Edo State Governor, Godwin Obaseki in commemoration of the day in Benin decried the attitude of many societies towards people having mental health problems and called for a change.

Speaking to Eyewitness News, Sadag's Cassey Chambers says that from research, adolescents have been found to be the most at-risk age group of taking their own lives.

She says that young children, some as young as six-years-old, can also be affected by mental health issues. One such discussion was held on Twitter earlier this year during May, which is considered as Mental Health Month.

"A child can suffer enormous stress due to small reasons like getting scolded or bullied in school, disputes between parents and even day-to-day pressure like forcing for a haircut", said Dr Arjun Raj Kunwar, child and adolescent psychiatrist at Kanti Children's Hospital.

And in order to raise awareness around mental illness and the lack of resources available for treatment, the singer has teamed up with the World Health Organisation's director-general Dr. Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus to write a powerful op-ed.

Mental health issues signify disorders that affect mood, thinking and behaviour of an individual due to depression, anxiety, schizophrenia and even eating disorders and addictive behaviours. "But factors such as financial problems, stress, substance abuse and exam stress can also be factors".

This forces people to suffer in silence and further isolate themselves.

Hundreds of millions of pounds allocated to improve mental health services for children may not have been spent as intended and could have been used elsewhere, Whitehall's spending watchdog has concluded.

"I'm sure if we can help one person then we have done a job".

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