How to be a better friend to someone with mental health issues

Helen-Maria Vasiliadis

Helen-Maria Vasiliadis

"By the time you finish reading this, at least six people will have killed themselves around the world", reads a new op-ed co-written by Lady Gaga and Dr. Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus of the World Health Organization.

Although African countries have been said to be making progress, much more can be done to build mental resilience from an early age to help prevent mental distress and illness among adolescents and young adults, and to manage recovery, the body said.

Pan American Health Organisation representative Dr Erica Wheeler made this observation today at a World Mental Health Day health fair at the Brian Lara Promenade, Port of Spain.

Corrigan said another reason why mental illness can be so costly is because it often affects younger people in their prime working years.

Last year, the club also launched its own mental health initiative for staff, Red Minds.

A combination of issues is usually the biggest contributors to mental health among young people, says Chambers. "But factors such as financial problems, stress, substance abuse and exam stress can also be factors".

Anyone who has had thoughts of suicide or self-harm or know someone who is in crisis, or anyone who just need to talk to someone, please call the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 1-800-273-TALK (8255) or contact the Crisis Text Line by texting TALK to 741-741.

"We have been hearing about more and more reports on student suicides, teens who have taken their own life".

Mrs Doyle-Price, whose title is now Minister for Mental Health, Inequalities and Suicide Prevention, said: 'I understand how tragic, devastating and long-lasting the effect of suicide can be on families and communities.

"A child can suffer vast stress due to small reasons like getting scolded or bullied in school, disputes between parents and even day-to-day pressure like forcing for a haircut", said Dr Arjun Raj Kunwar, child and adolescent psychiatrist at Kanti Children's Hospital. We respond to more than five million requests for help a year.

Hancock added: "Every suicide is a preventable death and we are determined to do everything we can to tackle the tragedy of suicide".

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