If your mental health issues are taking a toll on your wellbeing and productivity at work, speaking to your supervisor can be a good step towards addressing and overcoming your symptoms.
What frightens The Chronicle most is the fact that most these cases go undetected and untreated, with serious long-term consequences for mental health, according to the Country Representative of the WHO, Dr Owen Kaluwa. Kelly O’Connor Kay, interim executive director for the Los Angeles-based non-profit Maternal Mental Health Now, said the bill will help ensure more women get treated for postpartum depression.
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What Are Outward Signs of Stress and Depression In a Young Person? “If we can construct a system that can respond to young people at risk, when and where they need support – be that in the community, in primary or emergency care, or within tertiary services – we will undoubtedly be better placed to reverse the devastating trend we have seen over this past 10 years”.
While some of the costs will be the direct costs of health care and medicines or other therapies, most are indirect – in the form of loss of productivity, and spending on social welfare, education and law and order, the report’s co-lead author, Vikram Patel, said.
However, not all psychiatrists attribute the rise in patients visiting them to awareness. Last year, more than 16,000 patients visited these clinics. This is the same as the increase in India’s population. Seeking help for mental disturbance is still a taboo.
“We need to make mental health much more of a priority, given that the need for this is so palpable”. Whether that’s initiatives such as Mental Health First Aid, flexible working, counselling, time off or changing their recruitment policies and employment procedures – employers have a duty to protect the mental health of anyone that works for them, and should use a range of initiatives to do so. “Other common disorders are Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD), Austism Spectrum Disorder and for young teens and adolescents eating disorders are also prevalent”, she said.
“The harmful use of illicit drugs among adolescents is a major issue in many countries and can lead to risky behaviours such as suicide, temper outbursts, violence or unsafe driving and bad eating habits”, he said while quoting the key facts and statistics given by the WHO. Society has always conditioned us to believe that mental health issues are a stigma and that they can’t be spoken about. “Empowering anyone and everyone to invest in their own mental health and overall wellbeing, just as they would their physical health; through developing their own knowledge, skills and repertoire of effective self-care activities and behaviours”.
More than a quarter (27%) said they got into fights or arguments.
At the third United Nations General Assembly high-level meeting on noncommunicable diseases (NCDs), held in September 2018 in New York, United States of America, mental ill health was endorsed as the “fifth NCD” alongside cardiovascular diseases, cancer, diabetes and respiratory diseases. Specific psychological and personality factors also contribute towards the vulnerability.