Educating the youth on mental health is critical

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Mental Health Week will climax on October 13 with a 20/20 cricket match at the Police Recreation Grounds from 9 a.m. On this day, people come forward to talk about the importance of mental illness and support its causes and effects on people worldwide.

UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres on Wednesday called for more attention directed to people's mental health, especially that of young people, in observance of the World Mental Health Day.

"Adolescence and young adulthood are a time of life when we experience many changes very close together". Eating disorders are also of concern.

"These findings are suggestive of a prevalent attitude within Indian society that those suffering from mental health conditions should be ostracised. Young people living in situations such as these are particularly vulnerable to mental distress and illness", wrote World Health Organization on its website.


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

"From a Government standpoint my Ministry is steadily moving closer towards a long term residential mental health facility that will allow persons to benefit from such treatment on island, surrounded by their family and friends", added Seymour.

Common signs of mental illness include excessive worrying, excessive sadness, extreme mood changes, suicidal thoughts, inability to carry out daily activities and more. Just as the name implies the goal is to raise awareness of mental health issues around the world.

Data on the National Alliance on Mental Illness shows that 50 percent of chronic mental illnesses starts by age fourteen. "Employees suffering from mental illness should be focusing on getting better, rather than struggling into the office, as the stress of work is unlikely to lead to an improvement in their overall condition".


Divulging more about the mental health care, Mr. Brahm Mohindra said that there is a tendency of experimentation in young age group leading to indulgence in alcohol and illicit drug abuse which may lead to the mental health issues among youth.

He also thinks it is important for young adults to open up about their mental health because it will lead them to live a fuller life. Young people living in situations such as these are particularly vulnerable to mental distress and illness.

"The doctors are trained to recognise mental health issues and are assisted by EIS sports psychologists and performance lifestyle advisers". However, the service felt many of these emergency retrievals could be avoided if more appropriate and comprehensive mental health services were available in remote and rural areas.


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