Lady Gaga calls for more mental health awareness

13 October, 2018, 02:58 | Author: Kara Nash
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"I have struggled for a long time, both being public and not public about my mental health issues or my mental illness".

"Suicide is the most extreme and visible symptom of the larger mental health emergency we are so far failing to adequately address", she wrote in an op-ed for The Guardian, co-authored by Dr Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, the director-general of the World Health Organisation. He said that changing dynamics of society with increasing culture of nuclear family/ disturbed family/ higher divorce rates lead to mental health issues in youth.

Doyle-Prince, who is also a Conservative Member of Parliament and the health minister is the first ever minister for suicide prevention.

Many more people - one in four, in fact - will have mental health issues at some point in their lives.

If you are at school or college, mental health care may be arranged for you. "They need support", she said.

Hundreds of millions of pounds allocated to improve mental health services for children may not have been spent as intended and could have been used elsewhere, Whitehall's spending watchdog has concluded.

We are investing more than £220 million over the next decade in the mental wellbeing of our fearless armed forces - changing the culture, so those in need are not stigmatised but rather encouraged to step forward and then helped to return to the frontline. The objective of the week is to replace the stigma of mental illness with hope and support, and to advocate for care for those who need it.


TV presenter Anna Richardson and former Labour spin doctor and author Alastair Campbell feature in the campaign among others who have faced mental health difficulties.

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.

Half of all mental illness begins by the age of 14, and the prime minister has made several other announcements around children and young people's mental health today on World Mental Health Day.

Professor Helen Herrman, president of the World Psychiatric Association, said: "We've seen a rise in mental illness in young people when, with all the knowledge we have, we should be seeing a decrease". But, many workers suffer in silence.

"We also feel that is our obligation to do everything we can to promote efforts aiming to reduce the stigma around mental health".

Now mental health received less than 5%, even in these richer nations. And let me thank you all again for everything that you are doing to support that vital mission.

Mental health services are available for free on the NHS, while there are a number of helplines and charities that offer support.

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