United Nations chief calls for more attention to mental health

The wide-ranging report did not give the breakdown of the potential $16 trillion economic impact it estimated by 2030

"Agencies like the Canadian Mental Health Association can help as well".

Sam was sports-mad but his mental health spiralled after he fractured his back at fifteen, he was told a year later that he could never play sports again.

"We intentionally created a model for the rooms that included both lay volunteers and clinical staff so that people experiencing mental health crisis, or people with questions about how to seek treatment, could get the best advice and support-without getting actual treatment in the room", Crevoshay explained.

Commenting on general mental health awareness, Love said: "While there is no definitive guide for mental health in the workplace, supporting your employees' well-being should remain a top-level consideration". It will also teach those kids, as well as other kids who don't have anything, that mental illnesses are not scary and everyone can still be amongst each other without problems.

She is also today highlighting the issue as part of the YEP's #SpeakYourMind campaign, which aims to break down stigma surrounding mental health. This is a battle that is a long way from being won, with treatment times out of control, and overworked and under resources NHS and medications ever increasing in cost, these are issues that will take time.

Dr Eno Kufre, a Psychiatrist with a Private Psychiatrist Centre in Gwagalada on Wednesday said compounded stress and apprehension if not recognised and managed could lead to mental illness.

She has faced mental health issues from a young age and wants other people to open up about their own feelings.

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Suicide is the second leading cause of death among college students.

The Royal Flying Doctor Service is calling for action to curb the trend of growing suicide rates, amid concerns a lack of service delivery is aggravating the prevalence of mental illness in the bush. As a result, it affects the mental health of them.

"Suicide is the most extreme and visible symptom of the larger mental health emergency we are so far failing to adequately address", the op-ed reads.

"We would be naive to think that the youth and young adults of The Bahamas are immune to risks and effects of mental illnesses and substance abuse disorders".

Half of all mental illness begins by the age of 14, and the prime minister has made several other announcements around children and young people's mental health today on World Mental Health Day. "We all have to make a commitment to change".

"Our conscience as a people is reflected in how we house and care for the mentally ill in our communities and institutions; our conscience as a people is revealed in how we invest and provide for the vulnerable in our society who are unable to make good decisions for themselves", she said.

Just as the resilience and resourcefulness of young people is often fantastic, what is equally wonderful are the levels of distress we as a society expect children and young people (and their families) to tolerate.

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