'2.2m Nepalis suffer from mental health disorder' - Capital

  • '2.2m Nepalis suffer from mental health disorder' - Capital

'2.2m Nepalis suffer from mental health disorder' - Capital

The theme for this year is "Young people and mental health in a changing world".

It came as Theresa May appointed the government's first minister for suicide prevention and announced up to £1.8 million of funding to keep the Samaritans helpline operating as a free service to mark World Mental Health Day today. "Mental health is just as vital to our wellbeing as physical health", Lady Gaga wrote on its site this time a year ago.

The focus of this year's mental health day is on children and adolescents especially within the war-torn areas.

Mental health issues signify disorders that affect mood, thinking and behaviour of an individual due to depression, anxiety, schizophrenia and even eating disorders and addictive behaviours.

"The main contributing factors include relationship problems (with a boyfriend/girlfriend, fighting with a best friend, etc.), family issues (divorce, separation, abuse, conflict, etc.), trauma (loss, grief, abuse, rape, etc.) and school problems (bullying, learning difficulties)".

Although African countries have been said to be making progress, much more can be done to build mental resilience from an early age to help prevent mental distress and illness among adolescents and young adults, and to manage recovery, the body said.

"We have been hearing about more and more reports on student suicides, teens who have taken their own life".

Hundreds of millions of pounds allocated to improve mental health services for children may not have been spent as intended and could have been used elsewhere, Whitehall's spending watchdog has concluded. There are not enough specialised hospitals or specialised psychiatric hospital beds for children and adolescents.

And in order to raise awareness around mental illness and the lack of resources available for treatment, the singer has teamed up with the World Health Organisation's director-general Dr. Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus to write a powerful op-ed. "And despite how educated we are, there's pretty good evidence it's getting worse".

Like most low and middle income countries, Zimbabwe puts people with mental health problems in hospitals, rather than treating them in the community, says Professor Dixon Chibanda of the University of Zimbabwe - one of the country's handful of trained psychiatrists.