Health Minister expresses concern over increasing mental health problem

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"In some cases, if not recognized and managed, these feelings lead to mental illness", said the Minister.

"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". We often follow the capabilities of the mental health to underpins so that we can successfully learn and can master the skills. The report warned that 10-20% of adolescents suffer from ailments that could have long-term impacts on their mental health, including emotional disorders, anxiety, psychosis and self-harm. This week alone, it's estimated about 500,000 Canadians will miss work due to their mental health condition.

And perhaps most important, we can all talk about mental health and suicide openly, honestly and without stigma. "One in four of us will have to deal with a mental health condition at some point in our lives, and if we're not directly affected, someone we care for is likely to be".

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From my experience, some basic health classes only briefly touch up on the topic of mental health and teachers say, "if you or someone you know is having thoughts of suicide, call the National Suicide Hotline". The lack of awareness and the severe shortage of mental health professionals in the country add to the problem.

About one in five young people experiences mental health problems; half of all mental health conditions start by the age of 14 but most cases are undetected and untreated, according to the United Nations chief.

The course is created to teach people how to spot the signs and symptoms of mental ill health and provide help on a first-aid basis. "We can all learn how to offer support to loved ones going through a hard time. we can all be a part of a new movement - including people who have faced mental illness themselves - to call on governments and industry to put mental health at the top of their agendas".

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"At your darkest times, you do think you're going through it by yourself, but you aren't alone in how you feel and I find that really comforting", she said.

Anxiety and depression are the most common categories of mental illnesses.

For more information on mental health, you can visit Interior Health. In Zimbabwe, some community members are holding counseling sessions on public benches as a neutral space to have conversations about mental health struggles, and here in Canada, Bell Let's Talk Day continues to drive the conversation forward.

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Exactly a year after the start of the arbitration hearings that sought justice for the families of the dead Life Esidimeni patients, the esteemed The Lancet medical journal has released a global mental health report condemning the local disaster as "tragic".

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