Event highlights mental health issues

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Over 800,000 people commit suicide every year, US singer Lady Gaga and World Health Organization Director-General Tedros Adhanom wrote in an article for Mental Health Awareness Day. She says one in five children will develop a mental illness.

Over the past few years, we've seen an influx in people speaking, writing, and educating others about their own mental health issues. Now I feel like we need to acknowledge that we all have mental health, just like physical health and as a society we need to work with people to improve that. She told me, "Sometimes people telling you that you shouldn't talk about your story actually adds to the shame" and says that she is honored to be able to bring audiences together at live shows to show their strength and their stories. Though the report acknowledged India's efforts to get in place the landmark mental health care bill in 2017 entitling people with mental disorders to access comprehensive medical and social care services in community settings, it said the quality of care continues to be poor for mental health patients.

"For too long, mental health has been mostly an afterthought, despite its overwhelming impacts on communities and young people, everywhere", Guterres said in a message for this world day.

She is also today highlighting the issue as part of the YEP's #SpeakYourMind campaign, which aims to break down stigma surrounding mental health. "And individuals and families affected by mental illness are still often subjected to stigma and discrimination, so they don't seek treatment".

 Bring together resources created to improve the physical health of people living with mental illness.

According to the World Health Organisation (WHO), half of all mental illnesses began by age 14 and worldwide 10-20 per cent of children and adolescents suffered from mental disorders.

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This decision came after big names in the entertainment industry were found dead with the cause of death ruled as suicide.

Celebrities around the globe have united, opening up about their personal struggles with mental illness like severe anxiety or, as in Lady Gaga's case, crippling depression.

Dagg notes mental health issues cost the Canadian economy up to $50 billion a year.

The new strategy, launched on World Mental Health Day, focuses on four key elements - education, provision, communication and assurance following the appointment of a new Head of Mental Health.

Just as the resilience and resourcefulness of young people is often awesome, what is equally fantastic are the levels of distress we as a society expect children and young people (and their families) to tolerate. They, however, pointed out that mental illness affects men and women in different ways.

In an op-ed piece published by The Guardian newspaper, she wrote: "Suicide is the most extreme and visible symptom of the larger mental health emergency we are so far failing to adequately address".

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