Focus on children's mental health, WHO urges African leaders

Lady Gaga co-writes new op-ed about suicide and mental health

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Former Liverpool midfielder Jason McAteer speaks openly about his downward spiral into depression in an emotional new documentary which aims to raise awareness about mental health. It was in 1992 that it was first celebrated, an initiative by the World Federation for Mental Health. This begs the question: is enough being done to help young South Africans battling with mental health issues?

Lady Gaga has penned an emotional essay on mental health in honour of World Mental Health Day.

"Similarly, lack of mental health centre for children is another challenge", said Dr Kunwar. The usual onset of a mental illness is early adulthood (19 to 23-years-old).

Mental disorders are estimated to cost the global community almost $2.5 trillion each year - and those costs are increasing.

Other factors identified as compounding stress in adolescents are the expanding online technologies which undoubtedly bring many benefits, but can also exert additional pressure when people feel the need to be constantly connected.

Like most low and middle income countries, Zimbabwe puts people with mental health problems in hospitals, rather than treating them in the community, says Professor Dixon Chibanda of the University of Zimbabwe - one of the country's handful of trained psychiatrists.

"As a government, we have delineated our health system for easy appreciation of the roles required by all stakeholders in the sector". It cites a stat from the World Health Organization that suicide is the second leading cause of death among young people, aged 15 to 29.

Calling for more funding and resources for mental health support services, they continued: 'We can no longer afford to be silenced by stigma or stymied by misguided ideas that portray these conditions as a matter of weakness or moral failing.

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