Destigmatise mental health in Jamaica - Tufton | Lead Stories

Faith Castro
October 12, 2018

Barbara Keeley, mental health spokeswoman for the opposition Labour Party, told the Press Association: "A focus on suicide prevention is long overdue given the appalling increase in suicide rates since 2010, particularly among young people, but it also needs proper funding of front line services".

There are a lot of talks on championing good mental health, but one of the most powerful statements was from the American singer-songwriter, Lady Gaga.

A poll conducted by the Royal College of Psychiatrists found that 24 per cent of people diagnosed with a mental health condition reported waiting more than three months to see an NHS mental health specialist, and six per cent waited more than a year.

More importantly, no statistic can ever begin to capture the devastating and isolating impact on those people affected by mental health issues, and on their families and friends. Currently, too little attention is paid to the issue, as a result of which tens of thousands of people suffer in silence.

For such a long time I have campaigned for mental health, having had a relationship with anti-depressants since my early teenage years. Being educated about the matter is not only empowering, but it can also bring about empathy for others, help lessen the falsities associated with mental illness and help those suffering from any mental challenges seek the help they need. Back then I would have thought a World Mental Health Day was wonderful, and the fact that I'll be talking about it on the radio would have been overwhelming.

Anxiety and depression are the most common categories of mental illnesses. Organizations, ministers and representatives from more than 50 countries will continue to discuss the many issues surrounding mental health in the capital today.

Dr Francis Faduyile, wants free treatment for mental related illness.

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A seminar on mental health was held at the university campus later.

Dagg notes mental health issues cost the Canadian economy up to $50 billion a year.

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. "We all have to make a commitment to change".

On March 31 this year, a snapshot was taken of people detained under the Mental Health Act in the Lancashire Care NHS Foundation Trust.

"Young people are constantly battling the effects of human rights violations, war and violence in our homes, schools and workplaces, competing cultures from all around us through television and the internet, where they experience cyber-crimes, cyber-bullying". "Reading the emotion in the writings people have left about the people who have passed away is really powerful".

Faduyile asked for training and retraining of health workers from the primary through tertiary healthcare levels with recruitment of needed mental health specialists for the mental well being of the nation.

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