Xero drives awareness to fight stigma of mental health

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We need to teach our young that having a mental health issue is as normal as having a cold. Social media has spawned problems like sleep disorders, the Fear of Missing Out (FOMO), self-esteem issues and cyberbullying, factors which can impact the mental health of youngsters.

We've seen cuts to local councils and to mental health services, a lack of inpatient beds and a reduction of training for staff. But today, they can no longer to brushed under the carpet. We spend time with patients, speak to them and understand the root cause.

Community is calling on employers across the United Kingdom to run mental health first aid training for employees.

According to the World Health Organisation (WHO), the UAE has the highest regional level of depression, at 5.1 per cent of the population. Together, they are running two workshops and a presentation on Wednesday 10 October, all of which are free to attend. People do not know the difference between a mental health issue and madness.

And, because this year's event is on the theme: "Young People and Mental Health in a Changing World", The Chronicle would be glad if adequate stakeholders inputs are made to ensure that our children are given the best of health care.

At Community, we believe good mental health should be a priority for every workplace. Adolescence and the early years of adulthood are a time of life when many changes occur, For many, these are exciting times but they can also be times of stress and apprehension. With mental health trusts taking a real terms £105million cut in 2016-2017 from five years previous. Other causes could be genetic factors as well as traumatic incidents in a teenager's life.

More than a quarter (26%) of people aged 16-24 years and a similar proportion (25%) of people aged 25-34 years had a 12-month mental disorder, compared with 6% of those aged 75-85 years old. It could be that they have entered college, have started a job for the first time or are living overseas alone. This can have a negative impact on how a person feels and how well they cope with everyday stresses.

However, it is incredibly important that children and adolescents do receive the professional help and support when they need it, rather than waiting months or even years for treatment. "Other common disorders are Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD), Austism Spectrum Disorder and for young teens and adolescents eating disorders are also prevalent", she said. Youth are important in bettering the economy of any country and in turn by shaping its future. "The stigma is fuelled by the cultural notion that mental health should not be talked about because "you should not make an issue out of nothing" and just "learn to deal with it", said Dr Gauthamadas, specialist in neuro-behavioural medicine at DocGautham's Neuro Center. They were stressed about work, anxious about paying their bills that month and being able to provide for their families.

The campaign was launched six months ago and calls on everyone to check in on their friends, and talk about mental health with those around them.

For tips on how to look after your own mental health and wellbeing, visit http://www.thinkmentalhealthwa.com.au.

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