Nevis Health minister calls for acceptance of youth with mental illness

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World Mental Health Day is an opportunity for us all to raise awareness of mental health in workplaces across the country and to recommit our focus to ensuring mental health continues to be a priority in every workplace.

This year, the theme of World Mental Health Day is "Young people and mental health in a changing world" - a vital concern given that approximately 1 in 5 adolescents experience mental and behavioural problems in any given year.

"There are only 0.58 beds per 100,000 population in Nepal to avail mental health services while hospitals providing mental health services are only available in urban areas", said Dr Basudev Karki, psychiatrist at Mental Hospital in Patan.

"We'll work out with the clinicians advice exactly what that target should be and make sure we have the resources in place to back it up", Hancock explained. There is a time where we may not be doing great when it comes to mental health, and that is fine.


"We gave an overview of what mental health actually is, looking at the stigma around mental health and challenging that". This includes issues of comorbidity in the context of chronic disease management in general health care.

"We hope this small step will help those who need to take time out for their personal wellbeing to do so without feeling a stigma".

The lack of the necessary Legislative Instrument (LI) to back the Mental Health Law since its passage in 2012 had affected its smooth implementation to help navigate the problems that had plagued patients' care.

A minister for suicide prevention has been appointed in England by the prime minister as the government hosts the first ever global mental health summit.


The World Health Organisation (WHO) defines mental health as a state of well-being in which every individual realizes his or her own potential, can cope with the normal stresses of life, can work productively and fruitfully, and is able to make a contribution to his or her community. Mental wellness is rarely discussed in the context of young people due to the belief that the youth can never be depressed. (2009). National Survey of Mental Health and Wellbeing: Summary of Results, 4326.0, 2007. For instance, some companies may provide group risk benefits to selected members of staff, and may believe the added-value benefits such as support for mental health can only be accessed by them, but this is not necessarily the case; often they can actually be accessed by all employees, and providers actively encourage proactive and regular use of the benefits.

Mr Richard Horton, editor-in-chief of the Lancet medical journal, which commissioned the report, said it highlighted the "shameful and shocking treatment of people with mental ill health around the world".

The psychologists said certain habits and the social stigma attached with seeking help or speaking to a mental health professional have predisposed and worsened mental health conditions in the country. Although it has been prevalent since the early 2000s, it's only recently that we've decoded its impact on young people's mental health and the findings are not very encouraging. Just like physical conditions, mental health conditions can be managed.

Employers have a major role to play in supporting their employees who are struggling with their mental health at work.


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