Published: Thu, October 11, 2018
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New mental health campaign launched across the Midlands

New mental health campaign launched across the Midlands

On Tuesday, the Guardian published an op-ed co-written by Lady Gaga and World Health Organization director-general Dr. Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus about the lack of attention and resources devoted to mental health issues across the globe. You can also text HOME to 741-741 for free, 24-hour support from the Crisis Text Line.

Former Liverpool midfielder Jason McAteer speaks openly about his downward spiral into depression in an emotional new documentary which aims to raise awareness about mental health. Whether you're a star striker or season ticket-holder you shouldn't have to live in fear about opening up and getting support for either your physical or mental health.

Gaga and Adhanom are also quick to point out that suicide is just one symptom of a much larger issue.

Professor Vikram Patel, one of the Commission's editors, said that mental health "is the foundation of human capability that makes each life worthwhile and meaningful". But together we can change that.

Tufton reasoned that what is needed is a strong sensitisation programme geared at giving information to the public that persons suffering from mental illness can be treated and must not be sidelined by caregivers.

Meanwhile, Health Secretary Matt Hancock is hosting the first ever Global Ministerial Mental Health Summit in London, attended by ministers and representatives from over 50 countries as well as the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge.


While there has been some progress, the authors urge governments to do more, writing that "mental health now receives less than 1 per cent of global aid".

Doyle-Price, the newly appointed minister for mental health, inequalities and-now-suicide prevention, said she understands "how tragic, devastating and long-lasting the effect of suicide can be on families and communities".

"Every suicide is a preventable death and we are determined to do everything we can to tackle the tragedy of suicide", he added.

According to a press release by the office of the special adviser, media, Edo State, Mr Obaseki said the societal discrimination against people with mental health problems has further compounded efforts by governments, experts and other stakeholders at designing products for the treatment of patients and reintegrating them into the society.

"Samaritans' 20,000 volunteers are available at any time for anyone who is struggling to cope". We respond to more than five million requests for help a year.

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