The Importance of the 2018 World Mental Health Day

Henrietta Strickland
October 10, 2018

MENTAL Health Day 2018 aims to spread awareness and break down social stigma.

"During this time, more than 500 children between 4 and 13 years of age with high levels of anxiety have been assessed and/or treated through the Program using well-researched diagnostic and assessment tools and evidence-based treatments", says Professor Waters.

First organized by the World Federation for Mental Health in 1992, the event is now held globally and sees thousands of advocates and volunteers engage the public about mental health awareness and the impact of mental illnesses in people's daily lives.

World Mental Health Day is an annual event created to promote worldwide mental health education, awareness and advocacy, particularly against the social stigma that many people with mental health issues face. For many, these are exciting times.

"If one of the boys is struggling with something and they don't open up, and it gets worse and worse over time, then it can bring his game down a lot, and on the pitch you need everyone". The majority of chronic and recurrent psychiatric problems which are faced by adults have their roots in adolescence.

According to study researcher Brea Perry of the University of Kentucky, being labelled as having a severe and visible mental disorder, such as schizophrenia or bipolar disorder, tends to "out" sufferers publicly with somewhat contradictory effects.

Mental Health Australia, the organisation leading the World Mental Health Day campaign in Australia are attempting to reduce the stigma surrounding mental health, thereby making it easier for those suffering to seek the help they need, without prejudice.

"I think it does [encourage people who are not feeling well to ask for help]". Lack of transportation, housing, employment and a strong support system have a major impact on health outcomes - especially for those with mental illness - and when lacking, can make it especially hard to get proper medical care. The risk factors for mental disorders are well established, and substantial progress has been made in developing effective interventions for such problems.

The push comes as the federal government establishes a Productivity Commission Inquiry into mental health, which will examine the impact the challenges of mental illness have on income, living standards, physical wellbeing and the nation's economy. Lack of treatment, in turn, also often leads to disability and lack of self-sufficiency. Half of all mental health conditions start by the age of 14. It is important that managers actively listen and take a flexible approach to the employee's requirements for support. "Our programme takes mental health beyond just raising awareness and offers a full circle of support to address everyone's overall wellbeing".

The psychologists said certain habits and the social stigma attached with seeking help or speaking to a mental health professional have predisposed and worsened mental health conditions in the country. For example, children with conduct disorder are twice more likely to drop out of school, four times more likely to become addicted to drugs and twenty times more likely to end up in jail.

"We feel that the mental health staff in the GHA are already working very hard, providing a very good service of care within the remit of their responsibilities, but beyond that there is simply not a solid enough structure available to ensure best practice".

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