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11 October 2018, 08:13 | Silvia Roy
Mental health disorders are on the rise in every country in the world and could cost the global economy up to US$16 trillion (S$22 trillion) between 2010 and 2030 if a collective failure to respond is not addressed, according to a report.
He said the burden of mental illness had risen dramatically worldwide in the past 25 years, partly due to societies ageing and more children surviving into adolescence, yet "no country is investing enough" to tackle the problem. D, LCSW from The Cohen Veterans Network and Linda Rosenberg, MSW from the National Council for Behavioral Health join us to shine a light on this growing issue and how to reduce it by eliminating the social stigma of mental illness.
'Our young people today face constant stressors and challenges - happening in their own lives and in the world around them.
Children and adolescents in humanitarian settings are particularly vulnerable to mental distress and illness, World Health Organization said. Young people living in situations such as these are particularly vulnerable to mental distress and illness.
Half of all mental illness begins by the age of 14, but most cases go undetected and untreated.
It also recommended a wholesale shift to community-based care for mental health patients, with psychosocial treatments such as talking therapies being offered not just by medical professionals, but also by community health workers, peers, teachers and the clergy.
The survey also revealed that there was a lot of stigma attached to mental illness, with 47% of people using the term "retard" to describe those with mental illness.
According to the global agency, 10 to 20 per cent of children and adolescents worldwide suffer from mental disorders.
"There are only 0.58 beds per 100,000 population in Nepal to avail mental health services while hospitals providing mental health services are only available in urban areas", said Dr Basudev Karki, psychiatrist at Mental Hospital in Patan.
"For over a decade, we have had doctors who are consultants in sport and exercise medicine looking after our elite athletes", he added. We have commenced the construction of primary health centres across the state to reach all Edo people and residents irrespective of where they reside.
The new campaign highlights that while we can all feel stressed, anxious, low or have trouble sleeping, there are simple actions we can take to manage these issues and prevent them from becoming more serious.
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