‘Mental health should be as important as physical health’

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The PM will also announce the campaign to train a million people in mental health awareness - Every Mind Matters - launches today, with a pilot in the West Midlands ahead of a national rollout next spring. The root cause? Lack of access due to cost, limited resources, funding, social stigma and distance/ability to secure an appointment.

A new survey of adults in the Midlands conducted for PHE also shows almost three quarters (71%) of people in the Midlands report experiencing one or more of low mood, anxiety, stress and trouble sleeping, frequently or occasionally.

Responding to the new post, Hancock said the United Kingdom is "already making progress when it comes to suicide prevention" as the "suicide rate is at its lowest for seven years", but "we need to do more to challenge the stigma that people with mental ill-health face and make sure they feel they can reach out for help".

Only 4 percent of the global health budget is allocated for mental illness in youth and children.

WFMH wants to encourage a plan of early interventions, prevention of mental illness and triggers such as bullying, and the implementing of resilience support and programs to educate young people about mental wellbeing.

WHO, in its recommendations, called for the integration of mental health into primary healthcare.

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Professor Vikram Patel, one of the Commission's editors, said that mental health "is the foundation of human capability that makes each life worthwhile and meaningful".

Mental illness most of the times don't improve on their own and needs professional consultation.

"One in four of us will have to deal with a mental health condition at some point in our lives" Gaga and Ghebreyesus said, adding that suicide is "the second leading cause of death globally among 15-29 year olds". We can all learn how to offer support to loved ones going through a hard time.

The harmful use of alcohol and illicit drugs among adolescents were also identified as contributing to risky behaviours such as violence, unsafe sex and dangerous driving.

Half of all mental illness begin by the age of 14 years, but most cases go undetected and untreated, with serious long-term consequences for mental health, it said. Disturbed sleep, more emotional or change in the appetite, are some of the common signs that we most of the times overlook. "And we can all be a part of a new movement", they write.

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