Focus on children's mental health, WHO urges African leaders

Henrietta Strickland
October 10, 2018

The hour-long documentary was released to coincide with World Mental Health Day on October 10, and McAteer insists it is an issue that affects everyone to some degree.

The 32-year-old has been open about her mental health throughout her career, revealing she has post-traumatic stress disorder and depression.

Speaking to Eyewitness News, Sadag's Cassey Chambers says that from research, adolescents have been found to be the most at-risk age group of taking their own lives.

Other factors identified as compounding stress in adolescents are the expanding online technologies which undoubtedly bring many benefits, but can also exert additional pressure when people feel the need to be constantly connected.

Although African countries have been said to be making progress, much more can be done to build mental resilience from an early age to help prevent mental distress and illness among adolescents and young adults, and to manage recovery, the body said.

Mental health issues signify disorders that affect mood, thinking and behaviour of an individual due to depression, anxiety, schizophrenia and even eating disorders and addictive behaviours. More definitely needs to be done to help teens in crisis.

As Nepal carries out its first National Mental Health Survey, some 2.2 million Nepalis, aged between 16 - 40 years, are estimated to suffer from mental health issues and the cases are rising among children, psychiatrists have warned.

According to the global agency, 10 to 20 per cent of children and adolescents worldwide suffer from mental disorders.

The Bad Romance singer previously took a career break to look after her mental health, telling The Mirror: 'I take medication.

Jason McAteer hopes the release of his Through the Storm documentary - made in conjunction with Liverpool FC - encourages people to open up about mental health issues. I think it's better when we all say "Cheers!" and 'fess up to it'.

Other reports by Click Lancashire

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