Published: Sat, October 12, 2019

This is how Labour will make mental health a national priority

This is how Labour will make mental health a national priority

"This year the World Federation for Mental Health has made suicide prevention the main theme of this important day", David Clark said. It estimates that 800,000 people globally lose their life to suicide every year or around one person for every 40 seconds.

"The World Health Organization has found that globally, suicide is the principle cause of death among people aged 15 to 29". Though suicide is a global issue, almost 79 percent of suicides occur in low- and middle-income countries. Dr. Poonam Khetrapal Singh, WHO regional director for South East Asia, said this is the world's most affected region, accounting for 39% of global suicide mortality.

Bangladesh does not have national data to say the prevalence of suicide. In the region of the Americas, nearly 100,000 people die by suicide each year. Children and young people in this country are now in the midst of a mental health epidemic, with more children than ever before experiencing poor mental health. We all need to make it okay to talk about how you are feeling and thinking. There, those seeking help or guidance will be able to navigate and receive resources within the mental health space. This project is conducted in partnership with the Ministry of Health, concluded the statement.

Safe In Our World, a new charity created to promote awareness of mental health issues and drive positive change within the video games industry and beyond, has launched to coincide with World Mental Health Day. This stigma not only extends to the people experiencing and exhibiting psycho-social disability, but is often also felt by the family and friends who care for them.

"Action in four key areas is needed", she said.

Much still needs to be done in order to prevent suicide and to build support for people experiencing suicidal thoughts. And to develop a suicide prevention strategy, we need to look at the opportunities there are to intervene.

To help do that, appropriate budgets should be allocated, and institutional, legal and service arrangements adjusted appropriately. Every person in Bermuda can be a partner to the effort to improve mental health in Bermuda.

Mental health conditions appear commonest among younger workers - with more than a third (36 per cent) of those aged between 16 and 24 saying they now have one, well above the 27 per cent of the age group with the next highest incidence, workers aged 25-34.

Greater collaboration is needed between informal health care providers, religious leaders and schoolteachers among other community members. 100% of the net proceeds from the collection are donated to Bring Change to Mind, a nonprofit organization that aims to encourage a taboo-free discussion about mental health.

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