World Mental Health Day focuses on children

Ebony Scott
October 12, 2018

"Such children are at the risk of taking some of these illegal substances because within that period they can easily be preyed upon", he said.

According to psychologists, among women those in the age group of 20 to 45 are more prone to mental health issues, almost 75 to 80 percent, followed by older women, who account for the rest.

"Many of the problems facing our young people today such as bullying, suicide, the onset of mental illness, the effects of trauma and discrimination require our time and attention, awareness and compassion as well as new programmes and guidelines on how we can protect and empower the next generation".

She founded the Born This Way Foundation in 2012 to help young people address mental wellness, and she herself has been open about surviving a sexual assault by a record producer when she was 19 years old.

This week has been set aside as National Mental Illness Awareness Week. The piece tackles the issues surrounding mental healthcare, or lack thereof, and asks that we all work to de-stigmatize illnesses that plague so many.

Organizations around the global are sharing information and resources for anyone dealing with mental health issues. They were really proud of being a young parent.

"It's time as a country that we look seriously at the contribution physical activity makes to improved wellbeing".

In an age of Internet usage and a booming online betting industry in Ghana that was largely unregulated, Dr Obeng said the "whole environment for children right now is extremely toxic and we need to do something about it".

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According to him, whoever that calls the centre for help will be transported to the nearest psychiatric hospital at no cost. The report found that self-harm is the second most common cause of death for girls aged 15-19, and the third most common for boys of that age range (see chart).

"Adolescence and the early years of adulthood are a time of change, moving schools, leaving home and starting work".

Yes there are people who have severe mental illnesses, I for one suffer with Borderline Personality Disorder and Generalised Anxiety.

Statistics from the World Health Organization indicate that in Africa about five per cent of the population aged below 15 years suffers from mental disorder.

By exploring the root causes that lead to distress, be it body image, relationships or exam stress, we can help build resilience and prevent mental health problems from developing in the first place. She said: "You're left for so many months on your own, in the dark".

Across England, more than 21,000 people were sectioned on 31 March, an increase of five per cent from a year previously - though part of this increase can be explained by some trusts not providing figures in 2017.

Prevention begins with better understanding, but solving a crisis involves a struggle that unfortunately won't just be sorted with having a chat over a couple of tea. He further said that the psychiatrists in government cadre are available in each district hospital of State and soon, more psychiatrists would be recruited to provide mental health services at rural area of the State.

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