GKR launches support initiative for Mental Health & Wellbeing

Lynette PayneOct 10, 2018

World Mental Health Day is observed on October 10 every year, with the overall aim of raising awareness and changing attitudes surrounding mental health problems around the world, whilst encouraging people to start looking after their own wellbeing.

"Sessions on stress management amongst other topics are also part of our vibrant workplace wellness programme", Mrs. Brandy-Williams said.

World Mental Health Day (10 October) is a day for global mental health education, awareness and advocacy against social stigma.

The findings were revealed as St John Ambulance announced it would host its first national summit on mental health best practice in the workplace this December - just over a year since it began working with Mental Health First Aid England to train people in this area.

Comprehensive behavioral assessments help psychologists to identify mental health disorders or some imbalance such as: sleep disorders, work life integration, burnout, and anxiety.

Mental illness costs society almost $200 billion annually, often striking young adults who, as wage earners, would otherwise contribute to the economy and to their own welfare. "Those six are a tiny fraction of the 800,000 people who will kill themselves this year - more than the population of Washington DC, Oslo or Cape Town".

Parents, teachers and physicians need to be cautious for the warning signs among youth which may be the indicative of mental illnesses. Living with a mental health problem can make it hard to relax and switch off. Lack of sleep is another common side-effect. At a time in their lives when young people are leaving home, developing friendships and applying for jobs, they need to know they can share their concerns and be open about their mental health without fear of discrimination.

Now mental health received less than 5%, even in these richer nations.

Young people are often not helped until they reach the "crisis" stage. We must help connect those with mental health conditions to the most appropriate therapies - from less intensive outpatient centers, counseling and drug therapies, to more intensive treatments such as inpatient and residential care when necessary.

Eighty per cent of people with any form of mental or substance use disorder in India and China do not seek treatment.

Mental Health has always been a topic of low discussion.

Though there is still stigma around mental health, everyone faces anxiety, stress and pressure in their daily lives, so sharing how we feel is something we shouldn't be ashamed to do.

It also warns of falling numbers of child psychiatrists, at a time when demand continues to rise. The statistics show that just 21% of employees receive dedicated mental health support from their employer.

Today, depression is one of the most common mental health disorders in the United States, and it's the leading cause of disability worldwide.

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.

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