Mental health crisis may cost world $22 trillion by 2030

Lady Gaga Writes Op Ed on Suicide Mental Health Stigma

Beginning with statistics about suicide and mental health - "By the time you finish reading this, at least six people will have killed themselves around the world" - the article doesn't shy away from the danger posed by mental illness.

If this article has raised issues for you or if you're concerned about someone you know, call the South African Depression and Anxiety Group's Suicide Crisis Line on 0800 567 567.

Exactly a year after the start of the arbitration hearings that sought justice for the families of the dead Life Esidimeni patients, the esteemed The Lancet medical journal has released a global mental health report condemning the local disaster as "tragic".

Having good mental health can help us feel and function better, have more positive relationships with those around us, and deal with and manage hard times now and into the future.

Speaking at a Downing Street reception, May will say: "When I first became Prime Minister, I stood on the steps of Downing Street and pledged to fight the burning injustices in our society".

It's just as important to take action to look after your mental health, as your physical health. But together we can change that.

"We can end the stigma that has forced too many to suffer in silence".

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Parents who are anxious about their children's mental wellbeing can call YoungMinds' parent helpline on 0808 802 5544 between 9.30am and 4pm Monday to Friday. The person should immediately consult a physician or a mental health professional.

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".

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

"For a long time that wasn't a thing that [the black community] talked about", he said.

The World Federation for Mental Health notes that suicide and substance abuse numbers have been steadily rising, LGBTQ+ youth are battling loneliness and isolation, and young people still aren't getting the support and education they need to deal with mental illness.

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". We respond to more than five million requests for help a year.

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