Published: Wed, October 10, 2018
Medicine | By Earnest Bishop

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

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

This plea was made on Wednesday at the commemoration of the World Mental Health Day.

"By the time you finish reading this, at least six people will have killed themselves around the world", reads a new op-ed co-written by Lady Gaga and Dr. Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus of the World Health Organization.

United Kingdom journalist Hattie Gladwell initiated a Twitter thread with the hashtag detailing 'Things people have said about my mental illness.' The thread went viral, and exposed us to the kind of comments those suffering with mental illness had heard.

Around 4,500 people take their lives every year in England and suicide remains the leading cause of death among men under the age of 45.

The World Health Organisation has called on African countries especially those with insurgency crises to focus more attention on the mental health of children and adolescents.

Speaking at a Downing Street reception, May will say: "When I first became Prime Minister, I stood on the steps of Downing Street and pledged to fight the burning injustices in our society". But together we can change that. We can prevent the tragedy of suicide taking too many lives.

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"With mental and behavioral health, the lack of services means the future cost implications are even higher because people aren't even getting treatment", Bass said.

Meanwhile, Health Secretary Matt Hancock is hosting the first ever Global Ministerial Mental Health Summit in London, attended by ministers and representatives from over 50 countries as well as the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge. "Mental health is just as vital to our wellbeing as physical health", Lady Gaga wrote on its site this time previous year.

The neglect of mental health provision for children, the Cinderella service that promised parity of esteem... They need all the support they can get. "We all need to do better to help tackle this".

Samaritans are always available on 116 123.

"The Benin Specialist Hospital will be open to offer specialist care to patients before the end of the year and we have received letters of intent from experts in the health sector, who want to partner with us to ensure that our health system can meet the needs of our people", he added.

"This is an acknowledgement of the importance of our vital service".

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