Global mental health report blasts South Africa for Esidimeni

Henrietta Strickland
October 11, 2018

Despite the millions of people who are affected by mental health issues, many of those suffering don't speak up because of the stigma that still exists. "Yet despite the universality of the issue, we struggle to talk about it openly or to offer adequate care or resources".

For many of these young people, their ED visit was their first physician contact for mental health services.

The op-ed also mentioned new research they hope will help in "scaling up" the global push to provide access to mental health care, turning it into a worldwide effort, "similar to the movement for HIV/AIDS".

Parents who are anxious about their children's mental wellbeing can call YoungMinds' parent helpline on 0808 802 5544 between 9.30am and 4pm Monday to Friday. One such discussion was held on Twitter earlier this year during May, which is considered as Mental Health Month.

"One in four of us will have to deal with a mental health condition at some point in our lives" Gaga and Ghebreyesus said, adding that suicide is "the second leading cause of death globally among 15-29 year olds".

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"For over a decade, we have had doctors who are consultants in sport and exercise medicine looking after our elite athletes", he added.

Having good mental health can help us feel and function better, have more positive relationships with those around us, and deal with and manage hard times now and into the future.

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.

"We can all help to build communities that understand, respect and prioritize mental wellness". This year, it's young people and mental health in a changing world.

The governor explained that people with mental health problems deserve love, care, understanding and support. We have commenced the construction of primary health centres across the state to reach all Edo people and residents irrespective of where they reside.

'Many of the issues facing our young people today, such as, bullying, suicide, the onset of major mental illnesses, the effects of trauma, and gender identity discrimination require our time and attention, global awareness and compassion, as well as new programs and guidelines on how we can protect and empower the next generation'.

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