Raising awareness and combating stigma

World Mental Health Day 2018: Raising awareness and combating stigma

On Tuesday, the Guardian published an op-ed co-written by Lady Gaga and World Health Organization director-general Dr. Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus about the lack of attention and resources devoted to mental health issues across the globe.

Wednesday, 10 October will be World Mental Health Day, an annual event to raise awareness about issues around mental health around the world. Those living with serious mental illness face worse health outcomes and, on average, die 25 years earlier than others. Planned activities include more than 80 complimentary consultations for the public in the DHCC free zone and a collaboration with academic institution Amity University Dubai.

Celebrated annually, the aim of the day is to both educate and open up discussion about mental health on a global scale, encouraging people to share their experiences and to combat stigma, while also focusing on a specific theme; previous topics, selected by the World Federation for Mental Health, have been mental health in the workplace, dignity in mental health and psychological first aid. Recognizing, addressing and speaking candidly about the many factors that heighten the risk of mental illness, while offering innovative solutions to address the issues beyond just health care that prevent patients from getting the care they need, is an important step toward improving the lives and health of all Americans.

The Betterfuture: Better Mental Health programme has been built using the framework introduced by Building Mental Health; an industry-wide initiative joining construction businesses with active and freely available support, information and advice.

At the third United Nations General Assembly high-level meeting on noncommunicable diseases (NCDs), held in September 2018 in New York, United States of America, mental ill health was endorsed as the "fifth NCD" alongside cardiovascular diseases, cancer, diabetes and respiratory diseases.

"Suicide is the most extreme and visible symptom of the larger mental health emergency we are so far failing to adequately address", they continue.

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"Enabling access to mental healthcare and treatment is an integral part of finding long-term solutions", Dr AlBlooshi added. "I spoke earlier of the impact of illicit substances on the mental health of our adolescents, as well as the issues of puberty and relationships on our adolescent population".

Health Secretary Matt Hancock said: "We're already making progress when it comes to suicide prevention, the suicide rate is at its lowest for seven years".

"I think it resonates with everybody, one in two people suffers in some way with mental health problems".

The Government has also reasserted its commitment to tackling mental health among young people. "Suicide is the second leading cause of death in people aged between 15-29 years in India". Spending time with them, increased communication helps.

Spark asked employees to donate a minimum of $10 to 1010, the World Mental Health Day charity.

"A healthy mind can only be maintained if persons are aware of the importance of their mental status, and do their best to maintain it just as they would their physical health", Mrs. Brandy-Williams said.

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