Spotlight on Cayman's youth as Minister recognizes Mental Health Day

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Speaking at a Downing Street reception marking World Mental Health Day, May said: "When I first became prime minister, I stood on the steps of Downing Street and pledged to fight the burning injustices in our society".

On World Mental Health Day there's been a focus on mental well-being in young people. One of these is the pressing question of mental health and how our population is coping with it. Statistics from Pakistan Association of Mental Health suggest that one in every four Pakistanis may be suffering a mental disorder. "Mental health problems kill more young people than any other cause around the world", he said.

"Fortunately, there is a growing recognition of the importance of helping young people build mental resilience, from the earliest ages, in order to cope with the challenges of today's world".

Mental illness is rising in every country in the world - especially among young people - and will cost the global economy $16 trillion (around R235 trillion) by 2030.

"We want to encourage everyone to get active to help manage the stresses at work and in our personal lives".

President Halimah Yacob and Marine Parade GRC MP Fatimah Lateef removing the "stigma" to unveil the logo of the Global Alliance for Mental Health Advocates at the first Global Summit for Mental Health Advocates on Oct 4, 2018. Secondly, technology can successfully act as the vehicle for mental health treatments based on established psychological therapies. The answer to increasing well being and mental health will come not only from policy change in the house of commons, not only in the curriculum at school or college, but in the way we all relate to each other, the way we interact and support each other.

Half of all mental illness begins by the age of 14, but most cases go undetected and untreated. The same survey revealed that 26 percent of respondents were afraid of being categorised as mentally ill.

And we will provide schools with an approved framework which can help them with measuring all aspects of their students' health, including their mental wellbeing. "What can we do?" which is a click-worthy headline to be sure, but also a thought provoking one.

Even if a young person has a more chaotic home-life, this doesn't necessarily result in poor mental health later in life, as shown in a Dutch study researching the effect of peer support groups on children's mental health.

According to the authors, the time is now to change the perceptions surrounding mental health issues and to better the way we care for those dealing with them in the process.

U.S. Politician Bernie Sanders echoed these sentiments from his personal Twitter account, writing, "As a nation (the U.S) must fix our broken healthcare system and give mental behavioral healthcare the attention and resources they deserve".

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