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Celia Hoffman | 12 October, 2018, 00:43

The more we talk about and normalise mental health conditions hopefully the easier it will be for people who are suffering to get help.

Today is World Mental Health Day, an important opportunity to recognise mental health issues around the world and to also talk about a subject that many people may often feel scared to approach.

This could be the start of an effort to combat the high rate of depression among young people and to bring mental health onto the centre stage in a society where so many suffer from it in various forms.

"Mental health in Jamaica is a big problem".

However Dr Karthik K.N., a consultant psychiatrist at Sagar Hospitals, pointed out that the assumption that mental health disorders are more common in women is not entirely true.

"An essential element of this public drive is the need to address the twin issues of stigma and discrimination aimed at those who suffer from, or who are affected by mental health", he said.

The organisation also lists depression as the third leading cause of mental illness and disability among adolescents globally, while suicide is the second leading cause of deaths among 15-29-year-olds.

While some of these who have taken their lives may be celebrities like Anthony Bourdain, Chris Cornell and many others, there are thousands, even millions of others who don't make media headlines, the article said, and this doesn't make them any less important.

October 10 marks a day of education and recognition for those living with mental health issues and push for greater understanding and focus on the desperate need for adequate services.

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"We need to pay attention to the reasons behind these statistics", Wheeler said.

"The new Mental Health Strategy and the other measures we are promoting today demonstrate that our work in the area is consistently evolving and improving as we move forward".

Separately, research by Deloitte suggests that up to five million people in the United Kingdom could have a mental health condition.

This year's theme is "young people and mental health in a changing world".

"There have been numerous investigations and reviews into mental health in Australia, but this is the first time the Productivity Commission will take the lead".

Professor Vikram Patel, one of the Commission's editors, said that mental health "is the foundation of human capability that makes each life worthwhile and meaningful". We have commenced the construction of primary health centres across the state to reach all Edo people and residents irrespective of where they reside.

At least 177 countries were featured in a report from WHO earlier this year which charted the progressive implementation of its 2013 global action plan on mental health.

Kufre, however appealed to government, health and educational sector to invest in comprehensive and integrated evidence based programmes for mental health of young people.

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