Published: Fri, October 12, 2018
Medicine | By Earnest Bishop

Battling discrimination and stigma against mental health

Battling discrimination and stigma against mental health

The World Federation for Mental Health created the day 24 years ago as a global platform for all nations to create awareness of mental health and issues associated with mental illness.

They point out that mental health problems can affect anyone, irrespective of age, and early treatment can help in recovery.

Five years on from giving birth, she is now studying counselling and psychology at university, while working as an ambassador for the MindMate young people's mental health website, and she one day hopes to work in mental health herself. "Research shows there is a fourfold return on investment for every dollar spent on treating depression and anxiety, the most common mental health conditions, making spending on the issue a great investment for both political leaders and employers, in addition to generating savings in the health sector".

She continued: "We can end the stigma that has forced too many to suffer in silence".

She said that a quarter of the population will struggle with mental health this year - that's roughly one in four people you'll see today.

"The Government needs to take this hidden condition far more seriously". "The introduction of the first-aiders to Bouygues means that no matter where you are in the business, whether on site or at a desk, you have someone who is fully trained and skilled in dealing with mental health issues to chat to and try to dissipate the situation".

"But we need to do more to challenge the stigma that people with mental ill-health face and make sure they feel they can reach out for help". Back then I would have thought a World Mental Health Day was wonderful, and the fact that I'll be talking about it on the radio would have been overwhelming.

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We live in a country where waiting lists are months long, misdiagnoses are rampant, medication is handed out as a quick-fix, and many (but not all) doctors are still dismissing symptoms as well, essentially, nothing.

Avis said: "Despite a noticeable increase in the acceptance of mental health issues in society, employees are still concerned that their boss and colleagues would not take their mental health issues seriously, or worse, that they are hindering themselves for future opportunities at their company by taking time off for a mental illness". Not anymore. Talk about shining a light on mental illness and recovery.

The first aiders have been given full training in dealing with those with mental health concerns and are available on site as well as in the company's head office to counsel at times of need.

Today is World Mental Health Day, and the focus this year is "young people and mental health in a changing world". For me, with my mental health issues, half of the battle in the beginning was, I felt like I was lying to the world because I was feeling so much pain but nobody knew.

"We know when something's up, right, be it physical health or emotional health", she said.

"More than ever before, promoting and protecting adolescents health brings benefits not just to them only but also to economy and society because healthy adults will be able to make impacts in all facets", he stated.

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