Youth vulnerable to mental stress, illnesses, says expert

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Open discussions allow employees to communicate openly about mental health and are a great way to spread awareness about mental health issues in the workplace and promote a greater understanding of the topic. Social media has spawned problems like sleep disorders, the Fear of Missing Out (FOMO), self-esteem issues and cyberbullying, factors which can impact the mental health of youngsters.

Over the last decade, nearly five times as many students have disclosed a mental health condition to their university compared with 10 years ago.

It is important to highlight the difference between mental health and a mental health condition.

The Dubai Government's push to remove the stigma attached to mental health through its "Happy Lives, Healthy Communities" strategy has spurred action among stakeholders in the health industry. "Violence against women - physical, sexual and psychological - results in lasting scars, including post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD)".

Depression is the leading cause of disability worldwide, affecting more than 300 million people, and although rarer in children it is becoming more evident in adolescents.

"At the centre, many children come in with mood disturbances like depression". However, men had more than twice the rate of substance use disorders (7%) compared to women (3%).

More than one in four (27%) didn't want to be around others.

Over half (54%) the people who had ever been homeless had a disorder, almost three times the rate of people who had not.

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Men now account for three out of four deaths by suicide. "It is for this reason that there can be no sustainable development without attention to mental health", said Commission joint lead editor Professor Vikram Patel of Harvard Medical School.

They especially point out that the number of suicides of women aged under 25 has increased by 76% over the past 10 years. In some cases, this is because they are not aware that they are living with a mental health condition. We are pleased that more people are talking about mental health, but there's still a way to go to ensure there is the help out there for people to reach out for.

Delving deeper than this, financial insecurity is shown to be a major cause of poor mental health. However, there are simply no other accessible options.

"We hope this small step will help those who need to take time out for their personal wellbeing to do so without feeling a stigma".

Mental disorders are on the rise in every country in the world and will cost the global economy $16 trillion by 2030, according to a new Lancet Commission report on mental health released on Tuesday.

The World Health Organisation recognises World Mental Health Day (WMHD) on 10 October every year as an opportunity to raise "awareness of mental health issues around the world and mobilising efforts in support of mental health."This year's theme, set by the World Federation for Mental Health, is 'Young people and mental health in a changing world'".

Australian Bureau of Statistics. More affordable treatment options are required, along with affordable rehabilitation centers like the National Institute of Mental Health Rehabilitation (NIMHR) which received cabinet approval earlier.

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