Mental health in schools: we need to make it count

Mental health in schools: we need to make it count

Mental health in schools: we need to make it count

A group of researchers, led by Associate Professor Russell Roberts (Charles Sturt University, Editor in Chief, AJRH) identify the increased risk of early death of people living with mental health issues in rural settings and look at the need for policy and practice responses.

This is why Health Minister, Dr. Duane Sands yesterday stressed the importance of raising the issue of mental health in conversations.

About one in five young people experiences mental health problems; half of all mental health conditions start by the age of 14 but most cases are undetected and untreated, according to the United Nations chief.

He added: "Mental health problems have a massive impact on the workforce, and young people who come into jobs might not be prepared to enter a high pressure environment".

The burden of mental ill-health is rising everywhere, says the Lancet Commission, in spite of advances in the understanding of the causes and options for treatment. The commission estimates that 13.5 million deaths every year could be averted if the underlying mental ill-health problems were addressed.

City based psychologists from the city said they see more number of young girls and women seeking treatment for mental health.


The programme will include a series of educational awareness presentations and displays, social media discussion sessions, mental health-themed drawing and photography competitions for staff and their families, as well as a special health and wellness VIP event on the day itself. "Young people that we're seeing are going through adolescence, they are going through the demands and challenges of puberty and that can affect their thought processes and how they rationalise things out". The whole month of October is also dedicated to mental health awareness.

"In too many places support services are non-existent and those with treatable conditions are criminalized - literally chained up in inhumane conditions, cut off from the rest of society without hope", the writers said.

The numbers of young people, including children under the age of 14, presenting and dealing with mental illnesses is rising. "We all have to make a commitment to change".

As the World Health Organisation says, "there is no health without mental health" - it is just as fundamental to our wellbeing as any physical illness. During an episode of The Close Up on e.tv, Giliberti said she had been on antidepressants while growing up.

"Speaking to people that are close to you can help and speak to a healthcare professional like your midwife, GP or health visitor who will tell you what support is available across the city".

Model, actress and mental health advocate Kylie Verzosa from the Philippines discusses her experiences with depression, her journey to recovery and the ideas that shaped the online community, Mental Health Matters.

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