Early Intervention in mental health conditions is crucial

Pearl Mccarthy
October 10, 2018

October 10 marks World Mental Health Day and chairperson of the Psychiatry Management Group (PsychMG), Dr Sebolelo Seape, said this year the focus on teenagers and young adults. A petition for that is going to be presented to the Senedd on World Mental Health Day on Wednesday. From identifying the causes, pinpointing solutions, and ultimately recognizing that we are really dealing with medical issues.

Suicide is the second leading cause of death in people between the ages of 15 and 29 the World Health Organisation said.

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Shirodkar believes that there may be a discrepancy between families residing in urban and rural areas when it comes to mental health issues. Adolescence can be a trivial time since there are a lot of changes in the body while they hit puberty, body image issues, and social media bullying.

"There were a whole range of local businesses, NGOs and community groups, who have all given up their time for free to make this day work", Black said. Also, almost two-thirds (65%) said they would feel uncomfortable asking for a mental health sick day - with embarrassment being the top reason cited, followed by not liking to take time off work and not wanting to let colleagues down. And hidden, because stigma keeps people from seeking help or getting adequate treatment in rich and poor countries alike, closing doors that might otherwise be opened to people who are suffering so desperately.

More than a quarter (26%) of people aged 16-24 years and a similar proportion (25%) of people aged 25-34 years had a 12-month mental disorder, compared with 6% of those aged 75-85 years old. Lack of treatment, in turn, also often leads to disability and lack of self-sufficiency.

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"The 2030 Agenda is clear: We must leave no one behind". This proactive use of technology is happening as significant proportions of people report mental health challenges, with more than half (55 percent) of respondents saying they're either experiencing mental health issues now or have had mental health issues in the past.

It is important for the patients as well as for the people surrounding the sufferer, to understand that mental illness is a disease of the brain, just like pancreatitis or liver disease. Ask people how they're doing and be ready to listen and encourage.

For information about mental health problems, advice and support visit Mind's website here.

One in four of us will be affected by a mental health condition.

"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". Nearly all employees (96%) agree that mental health is as important as physical health, according to a nationwide survey commissioned by the American Heart Association CEO Roundtable.

Dr Pinaman Appau, the Executive Secretary of the Accra Psychiatric Hospital, said although the Mental Health fraternity in Ghana had worked hard to create awareness, increase advocacy and educate the public, it failed to prioritise mental health or investment in young people.

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