World Mental Health Day and Your Organisation

World Mental Health Day and Your Organisation

Global figures indicate that half of all mental illnesses begin by the age of 14 and three-quarters by mid-20s according to the World Health Organisation that marks World Mental Health Day.

Suzanne Henwood, from mBraining4Success and The Healthy Workplace will deliver a very topical keynote too many people can identify with: The terrorists within - How workplace bullying is impacting your teams' performance and impacting your teams' lives. Why is it that while most of us feel quite confident talking to family and friends about our physical aches and pains, we are not so comfortable to talk about our mental health?

With the recent release of 2 WHO/Europe reports, "Situation of child and adolescent health in Europe" and "Adolescent alcohol-related behaviours: trends and inequalities in the WHO European Region, 2002-2014", the health and well-being of young people is high on the regional agenda.

"The Commission calls out the shameful and shocking treatment of people with mental ill health around the world", said Dr Richard Horton, Editor-in-Chief of The Lancet.

"We are aware that improvements to the system have taken place over the years but we feel we can not wait another two, four, six years for certain changes to be made".

Dr R Balakrishnan, psychiatrist at Ramachandra Hospital, said that there are more people seeking help, especially youngsters, due to increased awareness and exposure to the wealth of information available on the Internet.

According to 2015-16 National Mental Health Survey (NMHS) survey, every sixth person in India needs mental-health help.

However, it is incredibly important that children and adolescents do receive the professional help and support when they need it, rather than waiting months or even years for treatment.

"If we are not tackling mental health problems early, then we risk failing the next generation right at the start of their lives".


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The psychologist said nearly all human beings have the potential to develop mental health problems at one point or the other, "no matter how old, whether male or female, rich or poor, or the ethnic group they belong to".

It called for a human rights-based approach to ensure that people with mental health conditions are not denied fundamental human rights, including access to employment, education and other core life experiences.

"It's just as important to take action to look after your mental health, as you would your physical health".

"We need to make mental health much more of a priority, given that the need for this is so palpable".

Different studies have also shown that mental health plagues people of every age, affects one out of five youths globally and is directly linked to youth suicide in the 15-29 age group.

Community health workers, GPs, peers, teachers, and clergy should all play a role, the report said. However, for many, they can be a source of stress and anxiety.

This year's Mental Health Awareness Week theme is "let nature in, strengthen your wellbeing - Mā te taiao kia whakapakari tōu oranga".

To develop my own understanding, I undertook a programme of meetings with the leading lights in the area to inform our thoughts on how to best support our members, including the NHS, SAMH, SeeMe, The Mental Health Foundation and LawCare.

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