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

Helen-Maria Vasiliadis

Former Liverpool midfielder Jason McAteer has called on people affected by mental health issues to be fearless and reach out to people.

Wednesday, 10 October will be World Mental Health Day, an annual event to raise awareness about issues around mental health around the world.

For the fiscal year 2018/19, Nepal government has allocated 4.29 percent of its total budget for health and population, but according to the State Minister for Health and Population Dr Surendra Kumar Yadav, the budget is not enough to offer basic health services, let alone mental health. The usual onset of a mental illness is early adulthood (19 to 23-years-old). "Since children can not express their mental problems, it remains unidentified and affects them more as they grow older". "But factors such as financial problems, stress, substance abuse and exam stress can also be factors". For more information or professional help, visit their website.

Mental health issues signify disorders that affect mood, thinking and behaviour of an individual due to depression, anxiety, schizophrenia and even eating disorders and addictive behaviours.

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

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He told Sky Sports News: "Mental health is indiscriminate to whatever size house you live in, whatever vehicle you drive, how much money you have in the bank, how many holidays you have".

According to the global agency, 10 to 20 per cent of children and adolescents worldwide suffer from mental disorders.

Like most low and middle income countries, Zimbabwe puts people with mental health problems in hospitals, rather than treating them in the community, says Professor Dixon Chibanda of the University of Zimbabwe - one of the country's handful of trained psychiatrists.

While there has been some progress, the authors urge governments to do more, writing that "mental health now receives less than 1 per cent of global aid". "And despite how educated we are, there's pretty good evidence it's getting worse".

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