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"If we change our attitude to mental health - we change the world".

"The situation is extremely bleak", Patel, a professor at Harvard Medical School in the United States, told reporters. It can also be a great way to meet new people.

Despite this alarming scenario, mental health continues to be a taboo topic with enormous stigma attached to it. Although it has been prevalent since the early 2000s, it's only recently that we've decoded its impact on young people's mental health and the findings are not very encouraging. "Yet, those struggling with mental health problems are still being marginalized". But as the Lancet Commission shows, too many people are still left behind. As many as 300,000 people with a long-term mental health condition leave employment every year - 300,000 people leaving their income, stability and colleagues behind.

The names of 86 Life Esidimeni patients who lost their lives after being transferred to community organisations.

First Mental Health DayWorld Mental Health Day was first observed on 10 October 1992. "This Unit, although based at the Alexandra Hospital, runs a community-based programme, which manages clients in communities and clinics, which are held at its hospital location".

Life Esidimeni, they say, is an example of poorly planned deinstitutionalisation.

Fewer than four per cent of young children are said to have depression, but that figure leaps closer to 20 per cent in teenagers, with the stress of school life and social media to blame. "We want young people and people of every age to speak up when they have mental health issues".

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"Once again, people are talking about the implications of not having the necessary system in place and the huge problems facing individuals when the support they need is simply not available", the group said. These kinds of innovations could also be used to help destigmatise mental illness. What is really worrying is that, today, India's children and youth are more stressed and suffer from anxiety and panic attacks and performance issues more than ever before.

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Dr Mikkelsen notes that "the area of mental health is still misunderstood, but now there is momentum and the highest possible recognition of mental health". In Europe, nearly an equal proportion of nations spend more than more than 5% of their health budget tackling the issue.

A new survey of adults in the Midlands conducted for PHE also shows almost three quarters (73%) of people in the East Midlands report experiencing one or more of low mood, anxiety, stress and trouble sleeping frequently or occasionally.

The junior minister pointed out, in addition to the aforementioned, alcohol and substance abuse are also issues of concern. "By bringing together expertise from around the world and across disciplines we can improve understanding and treatment of mental health to tackle one of the greatest challenges of our time", said Dr Jeremy Farrar, Director of Wellcome.

Dr Ramadan AlBlooshi, CEO, Dubai Healthcare City Authority - Regulatory, said, "In line with the Dubai Government's efforts, the DHCC aims to create a culture in which people feel safe and comfortable to talk about their issues, and are guaranteed the best care".

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