Stigma remains as world celebrates Mental Health Day

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Augustina Pinaman Appau, has stated that lifestyle choices, social and economic factors are largely responsible for mental disorders among the Ghanaian youth.

One notion can be the "pray it away" or "if you have God, you can overcome" narrative. Young people living in situations such as these are particularly vulnerable to mental distress and illness.

New research from Sport New Zealand shows that physically active Kiwis are more likely to have good mental health, Minister for Sport and Recreation, Grant Robertson, said today.

Prof Vikram Patel of the Harvard Medical School, joint lead editor, said mental ill-health caused "colossal human suffering" and was responsible for substantial numbers of deaths that are attributed to other causes.

Nevertheless, there are some things a person can do to build and sustain their mental fortitude. People would rather be perceived as being lazy than having a mental health problem, so leaders must reassure people there are no stigmas around mental health. Out of managers who responded, 39 percent said someone has approached them to talk about their mental health, and ten percent said this was as recently as the last month.

Doyle-Prince, who is also a Conservative Member of Parliament and the health minister is the first ever minister for suicide prevention.

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.

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Half of all mental illness begins by the age of 14, but most cases go undetected and untreated.

Peng said she still remembered when she asked the audience to raise their hands if they were afraid of mental illnesses at a Chinese community event in the Bay Area three years ago, nearly everyone of the audience raised their hands.

Tuesday's opening session was attended by the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge, who previously launched the Heads Together mental health campaign with Prince Harry.

Common signs of mental illness include excessive worrying, excessive sadness, extreme mood changes, suicidal thoughts, inability to carry out daily activities and more.

"Many Chinese parents have no knowledge of mental illnesses and they don't know how to help their children cope with daily life when the kids are mentally challenged", said Peng. "And we can all be a part of a new movement - including people who have faced mental illness themselves - to call on governments and industry to put mental health at the top of their agendas".

The second day of the Global Ministerial Mental Health Summit takes place in London on Wednesday. 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.

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