Focus on children's mental health, WHO urges African leaders

Focus on children's mental health, WHO urges African leaders

"In 2016, a tragic case occurred in South Africa when the Gauteng Department of Health stopped funding a large 2000 bed facility and allowed the dis¬charge of vulnerable people with psychosocial disability into unlicensed community residential facilities, leading to the death of over 140 people", noted the 46-page report which brought together global mental health experts, advocates and mental health users.

Gaga and Adhanom mentioned some of the high-profile celebrities who've died by suicide over the past year, including celebrity chef Anthony Bourdain and designer Kate Spade.

This expo, held on the Brian Lara Promenade, Independence Square in Port of Spain, saw lines of people seeking more information on the importance of maintaining mental health, and ways of detecting mental illness. "Yet despite the universality of the issue, we struggle to talk about it openly or to offer adequate care or resources".

"Suicide is the most extreme and visible symptom of the larger mental health emergency we are so far failing to adequately address".

The key areas today will focus on are bullying, the effects of trauma, mental illness in young people, suicide and young people, and gender identity and mental wellbeing. "Mental health is just as vital to our wellbeing as physical health", Lady Gaga wrote on its site this time past year.

It is believed that mental health issues start before 14 years of age and 75 percent of youth identify the problems before they reach 24 years.

In similar vein, the Edo State Governor, Godwin Obaseki in commemoration of the day in Benin decried the attitude of many societies towards people having mental health problems and called for a change.

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Manager of the Mental Health Unit at the Ministry of Health Ashvini Nath said the ministry is happy to collaborate with CreateBetterMinds.

"I think it's a fantastic partnership between the EFL and Mind and already we have seen a number of footballers come forward and speak out about the issues they have faced".

Mental illness most of the times don't improve on their own and needs professional consultation.

"For over a decade, we have had doctors who are consultants in sport and exercise medicine looking after our elite athletes", he added.

"We can all help to build communities that understand, respect and prioritize mental wellness".

It's just as important to take action to look after your mental health, as your physical health.

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