Psychotherapist Kyle MacDonald: My concerns about Mental Health Awareness Week

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The high economic toll of mental illness

Over 800,000 people commit suicide every year, USA singer Lady Gaga and World Health Organization Director-General Tedros Adhanom wrote in an article for Mental Health Awareness Day.

Right now, more and more young people are struggling to cope with their mental health.

"Within families and communities, we often remain silenced by a shame that tells us that those with mental illness are somehow less worthy or at fault for their own suffering", the two activists said.

Jacqueline said: "I think everyone has been touched by mental health problems in some kind of way - there's probably people still that don't know how to speak up about it or what is happening to them".

Having a friend, having someone who is on your side is something we can all do for someone, and on World Mental Health Day, if you take anything away take that.

"The lack of resources to deal with this issue is another example of a false economy brought about austerity".

"Mental health is a very important issue and we should try to help young people to live happier lives without worry", said Seb, who raised more than £400 for Young Minds through a cake sale and by selling yellow headbands.

She is also today highlighting the issue as part of the YEP's #SpeakYourMind campaign, which aims to break down stigma surrounding mental health.

In the 2016-2017 National Survey of Children's Health, results of a sample count approximated that in the state of NY, about 54.5 percent of children ages 3 to 17 did not receive mental and behavioral health treatment and counseling that they needed for disorders such as depression, anxiety, and other behavioral or conduct problems.

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"Harmful use of alcohol and illicit drugs among adolescents is a major issue in many countries and can lead to risky behaviour such as unsafe sex or dangerous driving".

Athletes and staff will have access to a mental health screening programme when they join and leave the elite set-up.

"I personally believe that this is a dynamic group, because they have the reach to impact their peers and the capacity to carry the message forward to those ahead of them in life".

The Fifth National Mental Health and Suicide Prevention Plan (2017) prioritises the physical health of people living with mental illness.

Rachael Campey, who has spoken out on World Mental Health Day to raise awareness.

On March 31 this year, a snapshot was taken of people detained under the Mental Health Act in the Lancashire Care NHS Foundation Trust.

The Royal College of Psychiatrists said that while reasons for the rise were complex, one factor is that people are waiting too long to receive help for mental illnesses.

Samaritans CEO Ruth Sutherland said they "welcome the government's announcement of funding towards Samaritans' helpline, which will meet around 10 percent of the total helpline costs for the next four years and help us to continue to provide our service free of charge".

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