Mental health services for young fail to live up to the promise

Ebony Scott
October 11, 2018

The neglect of mental health provision for children, the Cinderella service that promised parity of esteem...

Present estimates show people with mental illnesses account for almost 6.5% of India's population and is projected to increase to 20% by2020. D, LCSW from The Cohen Veterans Network and Linda Rosenberg, MSW from the National Council for Behavioral Health join us to shine a light on this growing issue and how to reduce it by eliminating the social stigma of mental illness.

"There are few greater examples than the injustices facing those with mental health conditions".

Mental health disorders are on the rise with 80% of people with any form of mental or substance use disorder in India and China not seeking treatment, a new report on mental health released by Lancet Commission says.

WHO, in its recommendations, called for the integration of mental health into primary healthcare.

Globally, "depression is one of the leading causes of illness and disability among adolescents" with suicide being the third leading cause of death in 15 to 19-year-olds, noted the WHO.

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The World Federation for Mental Health notes that suicide and substance abuse numbers have been steadily rising, LGBTQ+ youth are battling loneliness and isolation, and young people still aren't getting the support and education they need to deal with mental illness.

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.

In a new op-ed for the Guardian published on Tuesday, Gaga, along with World Health Organization director general Tedros Adhanom, urged readers to confront the shame and stigma that keeps people from speaking out about mental health.

The governor explained that people with mental health problems deserve love, care, understanding and support.

"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".

As evidence in this country emerges - and the Chief Medical Officer is now looking at what we know and the impact of social media - we need to consider the links between health and technology for better, in many cases, but also for worse.

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