Mental Health Crisis Could Cost World $16 Trillion by 2030

Ally Finnis

The report, launched at the first Global Ministerial Mental Health Summit in London, said people with mental illness still suffered "gross human rights violations" in many countries. He said: "The scale of this problem is huge - and it is being massively underestimated by employers, with employees feeling that they have to mask the issues they are facing".

The awareness day follows Mental Health Awareness Week in May and the World Health Organisation has revealed its objective for this year's World Mental Health Day is to primarily focus on young people and those in the early years of adulthood.

In the past year, local cities have also put into place special hotlines where people suffering from mental illness or people considering suicide can reach others who have been in their shoes.

Mental health conditions range from depression and anxiety to bipolar disorder and schizophrenia.

She cited WHO's definition of health, which states, that health is a state of complete physical, mental and social well-being, and not merely the absence of a disease or infirmity.

In an era where speech is more and more polarised and combative, "labels" used to refer to mentally unhealthy people can lead to negative effects that you and I can't imagine of.

Mental Health First Aid (MHFA) is an internationally recognised training course which teaches people how to spot the signs and symptoms of mental ill health and provide help on a first aid basis. Yet, those struggling with mental health problems are still being marginalised, ' Guterres said. One in four people in the United Kingdom suffer from this illness and I really hope this campaign will continue to extend the conversation about how important good mental health is, and how urgently we need the government to pour money into mental health resources - the county's crying out for it. "Exercise is a great mood booster and is even more effective when you spend time with friends", she added.

A dedicated minister for suicide prevention will be appointed as part of a landmark effort by the Prime Minister to tackle the UK's mental health crisis.

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Debbie Adwent, operations manager for St John Ambulance, said: "We believe these results reflect the experiences of the wider workforce and urge employers to take the mental health and wellbeing of their workforce seriously".

In addition, suicide is the second leading cause of death among 15-year-olds.

Mental health and wellbeing are by far one of the most neglected areas in our country.

Mental Health has always been a topic of low discussion.

If this article has raised issues for you or if you're concerned about someone you know, call the South African Depression and Anxiety Group's Suicide Crisis Line on 0800 567 567.

"It's these people who need to be at the heart of what we do and I welcome this opportunity to work closely with them, as well as experts, to oversee a cross-Government suicide prevention plan, making their sure their views are always heard".

In fact, there has been a rise in the time children have to wait before they are given treatment.

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