‘Mental health should be as important as physical health’

  • ‘Mental health should be as important as physical health’

‘Mental health should be as important as physical health’

You don't have to be an global artist or the head of the World Health Organization (WHO) to make an impact.

If this article has raised issues for you or if you're concerned about someone you know, call the South African Depression and Anxiety Group's Suicide Crisis Line on 0800 567 567. Whether you're a star striker or season ticket-holder you shouldn't have to live in fear about opening up and getting support for either your physical or mental health.

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.

Professor Vikram Patel, one of the Commission's editors, said that mental health "is the foundation of human capability that makes each life worthwhile and meaningful".

They explained that the adolescence and the early years of adulthood are a time of change- moving schools, leaving home, and starting work. We can prevent the tragedy of suicide taking too many lives.

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.

Mental health disorders are on the rise with 80% of people with any form of mental or substance use disorder in India and China not seeking treatment, a new report on mental health released by Lancet Commission says.

Gaga and Adhanom go on to draw attention to the lack of support that mental health receives - less than one percent of global aid - and call upon countries to do more.

"Every suicide is a preventable death and we are determined to do everything we can to tackle the tragedy of suicide", he added.

Doyle-Price, Minister for Mental Health, Inequalities and, now Suicide Prevention, said: "I understand how tragic, devastating and long-lasting the effect of suicide can be on families and communities".

"From the study that we did past year, over 69% of people felt like their managers had responded negatively when they did disclose their mental illness, which I think affects people coming out".

Responding to the new Government funding announced today, Samaritans chief executive Ruth Sutherland said: "We welcome the Government's announcement of funding towards Samaritans' helpline, which will meet around 10 per cent of the total helpline costs for the next four years and help us to continue to provide our service free of charge".

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