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11 October 2018, 07:12 | Melissa Porter
Well, most of us don't even know that they are going through any sort of mental illness, simply because we or people around us are not aware of the signs and symptoms. Evidence is growing that promoting and protecting adolescent health brings benefits not just to adolescents' health, both in the short- and the long-term, but also to economies and society, with healthy young adults able to make greater contributions to the workforce, their families and communities and society as a whole.
Countries at the summit are expected to support a global declaration to achieve equity for mental health, marking the first time national governments have made a joint pledge to put mental health on an equal footing with physical health.
"If you look in the newspapers, especially within the past few weeks, nearly daily there has been some mention of mental health".
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". More shockingly, 60% of respondents believed that people with mental illness "should have their own groups to avoid contaminating healthy people" and 68% believe that they "should not be given any responsibility".
The PM will place particular focus on the mental health of young people.
Parents who are anxious about their children's mental wellbeing can call YoungMinds' parent helpline on 0808 802 5544 between 9.30am and 4pm Monday to Friday.
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 begins by the age of 14, but most cases go undetected and untreated.
They explained that the adolescence and the early years of adulthood are a time of change- moving schools, leaving home, and starting work.
"We can end the stigma that has forced too many to suffer in silence".
He said this while briefing newsmen during the celebration of the 2018 World Mental Day held in conjunction with the Nigerian Union of Journalists (NUJ), with the theme "Young People and Mental Health In A Changing World", held in Abeokuta.
Mental health problem among children and youth remains a neglected sector globally. We have commenced the construction of primary health centres across the state to reach all Edo people and residents irrespective of where they reside.
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