Battling discrimination and stigma against mental health

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One in six people every week experience a common mental health problem like anxiety or depression. This week alone, it's estimated about 500,000 Canadians will miss work due to their mental health condition.

"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.

Professor Wendy Burn, president of the Royal College of Psychiatrists, said: "More people being detained under the Mental Health Act represents more people with mental illness reaching crisis point".

"The Government needs to take this hidden condition far more seriously".

RFDS chief executive Martin Laverty said the service was continually expanding based on need and now played an important role in the provision of mental health services to remote and rural Australians.

"For too long, mental health has been mostly an afterthought, despite its overwhelming impacts on communities and young people, everywhere", Guterres said in a message for this world day.

Chance the Rapper offered some words of advice and compassion about mental illness Wednesday, which was designated as World Mental Health Day by the World Federation for Mental Health.

A number of representatives from the UI and local programs were also present at the event, providing information on mental-health resources for students.

Half of all mental illness begins by the age of 14, but most cases go undetected and untreated. Suicide is the second leading cause of death among 15- to 29-year-olds.

Mark Rowland is chief executive of the Mental Health Foundation. "People do think about mental health issues, do talk about mental health issues more than when I started", said Interior Health's Medical Director for Mental Health and Substance Use Dr. Paul Dagg.

"Because some of the topics that the theme covers; suicide, bullying, trauma and gender identity, we made a decision to focus on high school students, because these are issues that are affecting our youth and they are being downplayed in a lot of instances because youth are not given a voice to express themselves", she said. Despite their success, they were wrecked by depression because just like us, they are also normal individuals. "This initiative is crucial in getting people the help they need early, enough to prevent the situation from getting worse and enabling them to recover well".

Dr Wendy Fernander, president of the Bahamas Pharmaceutical Association, stressed the importance of having good mental health.

She founded the Born This Way Foundation in 2012 to help young people address mental wellness, and she herself has been open about surviving a sexual assault by a record producer when she was 19 years old. Be forewarned: This post is meant to make you slightly uncomfortable, for starters, by telling you that you can't count on a trifold pamphlet to help you talk about mental health at work.

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