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Eating disorders, youth and Indigenous mental illness priorities of $125m government mission

10 October 2018
Eating disorders, youth and Indigenous mental illness priorities of $125m government mission

According to PsychMG, about 20 percent of high school pupils have tried to take their own lives.

Today, we teamed up with mental health campaigner Natasha Devon OBE, Mental Health First Aid England and a raft of celebrities, including Countdown's Rachel Riley and Luciana Berger MP to call for workplace to make better provisions for mental health in the workplace.

Dr Khalid Mufti said most girl patients in Chitral were found to be depressed and had the suicidal ideation.

"This Mental Health Week we want to encourage the Government to take action to help improve the mental health of some of our most vulnerable right now, by investing the money that was put aside by National for what would have been life changing projects".

"In Gibraltar, the community has also become more aware of the importance of mental health for very unfortunate reasons - the shocking number of tragic deaths in the last few years".

The WHO explained: 'Adolescence and the early years of adulthood are a time of life when many changes occur, for example changing schools, leaving home, and starting university or a new job.

Data from the 2014 Mission Australia's Youth Survey showed that around 21.2% of young people (15-19 years old) met the criteria for a probably serious mental illness. "The youth are the future of our country and we need to act to prevent the devastating consequences of them losing their hope for the future", Seape said.

Mental health disorders are expected to drain 16 trillion USA dollars (£12 trillion) per year from the global economy by 2030, experts have said.

Evidence is growing that promoting and protecting adolescent mental health benefits not just adolescents' health, in the short- and the long-term, but also economies and society as whole, with healthy young adults able to make greater contributions to the workforce, their families and communities.

"There is the stressful nature of the teenage years - for some teenagers, the normal developmental changes of these years, such as bodily changes, new patterns of thoughts and feelings, can be unsettling and overwhelming".

"Problems appear too big, too hard or embarrassing to overcome, and suicide may look like the only option".

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

Physical activity can help relieve stress as it relaxes the muscles and alleviates tension in the body. However, majority are not treated. "All threats of suicide must be taken seriously", Seape warned. Tragic, because the rising rates of suicide in countries around the world underscore the pervasiveness of mental illnesses.

She will also ensure every local area has a suicide prevention plan in place, and look at how technology can be used to identify those most at risk. Some of us thrive under a bit of pressure, others find it hard to mange their anxiety; some people can't find a way to escape from their low mood but don't feel they can talk about it and therefore avoid seeking help.