Half of mental health disorders arise in adolescence

Friday, 12 Oct, 2018

The World Federation for Mental Health created the day 24 years ago as a global platform for all nations to create awareness of mental health and issues associated with mental illness.

Labour shadow cabinet member for public health at Peterborough City Council, Cllr Samantha Hemraj, said: "As shadow cabinet member with responsibility for health issues in Peterborough, I believe the first step is to take away the stigma associated with mental illness".

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.

"Our message is that, by redirecting your energies towards boosting your physical health, reaching out to those around you, becoming more aware of your feelings, trying new things and focusing on kindness and sharing, you can combat numerous negative emotions and behaviours that affect our everyday lives. Within families and communities, we often remain silenced by a shame that tells us that those with mental illness are somehow less worthy or at fault for their own suffering".

"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 sure their views are always heard".

An official audit on one day in March this year revealed that almost 500 people were detained under the Mental Health Act in Lancashire Care NHS Foundation Trust. The non-profit was founded by gaming journalists Susan Arendt and Russ Pitts along with clinical psychologist Dr. Mark Kline in 2013, and the company's board is led by such prominent games industry veterans as Bethesda's Pete Hines and former IGDA Executive Director Kate Edwards.

The project is being organised by a group of 12 people - the majority of whom are under 30 and have experienced mental illness.

The project is important to Marc because it reminds young people that many others have had similar experiences with mental health issues.

"Sadly, mental illness is taboo in many Chinese families and they feel ashamed to even talk about it", she said.

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.

The second thing we want to draw attention to is the crisis in children and young people's mental health.

Across England, more than 21,000 people were sectioned on 31 March, an increase of five per cent from a year previously - though part of this increase can be explained by some trusts not providing figures in 2017. We need to come together. Over time, having good mental health may also reduce our risk of physical health problems.