Lady Gaga co-writes powerful essay for World Mental Health Day

Lady Gaga co-writes powerful essay for World Mental Health Day

Pan American Health Organisation representative Dr Erica Wheeler made this observation today at a World Mental Health Day health fair at the Brian Lara Promenade, Port of Spain.

A Sadag study shows one out of four employees suffers from a mental health disorder.

WFMH wants to encourage a plan of early interventions, prevention of mental illness and triggers such as bullying, and the implementing of resilience support and programs to educate young people about mental wellbeing.

The survey also found that two thirds (66%) of adults in the Midlands say they look after their physical health on a weekly basis, but less than half (46%) look after their mental health as regularly.

While some of the costs will be the direct costs of healthcare and medicines or other therapies, most are indirect - in the form of loss of productivity, and spending on social welfare, education and law and order, said the report's co-lead author Vikram Patel.

"A big part of the process is to destigmatise mental health because that stigma affects our response both at the personal, family level, or at the societal level in how we deal with those persons who are mentally challenged", he said.

Parents who are anxious about their children's mental wellbeing can call YoungMinds' parent helpline on 0808 802 5544 between 9.30am and 4pm Monday to Friday.

It's an annual occasion created by the World Federation for Mental Health, designed to get us all talking about the state of our mental health.

"There is a strong belief that mental illness is something caused by spirits or demon possession", he adds.

They explained that the adolescence and the early years of adulthood are a time of change- moving schools, leaving home, and starting work.

Mental illness most of the times don't improve on their own and needs professional consultation.

Other factors identified as compounding stress in adolescents are the expanding online technologies which undoubtedly bring many benefits, but can also exert additional pressure when people feel the need to be constantly connected.

Against this background, Wheeler said greater efforts must be made to "help young people build mental resilience". Whether you're a star striker or season ticket-holder you shouldn't have to live in fear about opening up and getting support for either your physical or mental health. "Yet despite the universality of the issue, we struggle to talk about it openly or to offer adequate care or resources".

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