10 things to know about Aussies and mental health


He was delivering a lecture at the Ibadat Hospital on Tuesday in connection with the World Mental Health Day which is marked on October 10. By acknowledging the fact we have a mental health issue and putting support frameworks in place, it gives us an opportunity to discuss other aspects of our people's wellbeing.

It was first celebrated in 1992 at the initiative of the World Federation for Mental Health, a global mental health organization with members and contacts in more than 150 countries.

According to WHO, "For many, these are exciting times".

"In modern families, especially when both the parents are working, they might miss out on spending time with their children that could possibly affect their mental health development".

"Half of all mental illness begins by the age of 14, but most cases go undetected and untreated".

Dr. Kaluwa stated that depression is the third leading cause of mental illness and disability among adolescents globally, while suicide is the second leading cause of death among 15-29-year-olds, saying "In the African region, it is estimated that 5% of the population aged below 15 years, suffers from a mental disorder". "The harmful use of illicit drugs among adolescents is a major issue in many countries and can lead to risky behaviours such as suicide, temper outbursts, violence or unsafe driving and bad eating habits", he said while quoting the key facts and statistics given by the WHO.

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One in five young people will experience a mental health problem this year. "Within families and communities, we often remain silenced by a shame that tells us that those with mental illness are somehow less worthy or at fault for their own suffering".

"This Mental Health Week we want to encourage the Government to take action to help improve the mental health of some of our most vulnerable right now, by investing the money that was put aside by National for what would have been life changing projects".

Guterres said poor mental health during adolescence has an impact on educational achievement and increases the risk of alcohol and substance use and violent behaviour. He explained his point by referring to the suicides in Chitral mainly by teenage girls by jumping into the river. Also, almost two-thirds (65%) said they would feel uncomfortable asking for a mental health sick day - with embarrassment being the top reason cited, followed by not liking to take time off work and not wanting to let colleagues down.

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

"Most people with depression are not suicidal, but most suicidal people are depressed", Seape said, stressing the importance of knowing the symptoms of depression. This latest research, plus the rapidly rising demand for our workplace mental health first aid courses show this is an issue all employers should be getting to grips with. He said Horizon had contributed energetically to raise awareness about these issues and extend treatment services through the Ibadat Hospital in Peshawar which is equipped with trained psychologists, community volunteers and psychiatrists.

Being a younger executive, Hudson said he had an ability to break the mould.