Published: Fri, October 12, 2018
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Lady Gaga Writes Op-Ed About Mental Health Stigma

Lady Gaga Writes Op-Ed About Mental Health Stigma

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.

Attached to numerous backpacks were personal stories about the students to whom they had belonged, providing background about their lives and battles with mental illness.

On March 31 this year, a snapshot was taken of people detained under the Mental Health Act in the Lancashire Care NHS Foundation Trust. Many more people - one in four, in fact - will have mental health issues at some point in their lives.

"The new Mental Health Strategy and the other measures we are promoting today demonstrate that our work in the area is consistently evolving and improving as we move forward".

May said: "We can end the stigma that has forced too many to suffer in silence".

Present estimates show people with mental illnesses account for almost 6.5% of India's population and is projected to increase to 20% by2020.

India is standing on the threshold of a mental health epidemic with a greater number of people affected by mental health issues in the country than the entire population of Japan.


For many players, mental health can be a hard subject to talk about. "The challenges are to help people understand that it is an illness and there are medicines and treatment available".

Also, the common man is over-stressed with family responsibilities and work pressure, and has less time to socialise and de-stress. "Reading the emotion in the writings people have left about the people who have passed away is really powerful". Less than one percent of global aid is donated to mental health; even in developed countries, the issue is dismissed.

The last resource, which includes online interventions, could be particularly appropriate, the WHO said, due to the stigma attached to mental health issues, which may prevent some young adults from seeking help.

The move, meant to tackle the tragedy of 4,500 people taking their own lives in England each year, comes on World Mental Health Day. However, it added that mental health interventions for young people must be carefully planned to "ensure that they are accepted by them and that they will be useful". The WHO has provided recommendations and examples of activities that can help detect and treat such disorders early. "We all have to make a commitment to change".

Today, we need to open up and talk about mental health problems.

"Mental health is beyond any barriers of gender, status etc; it's a very personal yet quite a universal trait that anyone can experience".

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