#WorldMentalHealthDay: Raising awareness on mental health issues globally

"Suicide is the most extreme and visible symptom of the larger mental health emergency we are so far failing to adequately address".

The Lancet Commission report published on Tuesday by 28 global specialists in psychiatry, public health and neuroscience, as well as mental health patients and advocacy groups, said the gro-wing crisis could cause lasting harm to people, communities and economies worldwide.

Responding to the new post, Hancock said the United Kingdom is "already making progress when it comes to suicide prevention" as the "suicide rate is at its lowest for seven years", but "we need to do more to challenge the stigma that people with mental ill-health face and make sure they feel they can reach out for help".

"In a country where only few have access to health services, the awareness level about mental health issues is rare".

"For over a decade, we have had doctors who are consultants in sport and exercise medicine looking after our elite athletes", he added.

It is believed that mental health issues start before 14 years of age and 75 percent of youth identify the problems before they reach 24 years. We can prevent the tragedy of suicide taking too many lives. "And we can give the mental wellbeing of our children the priority it so profoundly deserves".

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Meanwhile, Health Secretary Matt Hancock is hosting the first ever Global Ministerial Mental Health Summit in London, attended by ministers and representatives from over 50 countries as well as the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge.

In July, the father of British snowboarder Ellie Soutter said a history of mental health issues - coupled with the pressure of elite performance - may have contributed to her ending her life in Les Gets in the French Alps.

"For a long time that wasn't a thing that [the black community] talked about", he said. In 2015, I shared my story.

"It's these people who need to be at the heart of what we do and I welcome this opportunity to work closely with them, as well as experts, to oversee a cross-Government suicide prevention plan, making their sure their views are always heard".

"Samaritans' 20,000 volunteers are available at any time for anyone who is struggling to cope", she said, adding that they "respond to more than 5 million requests for help a year".

Mr Clegg, then deputy prime minister, declared at the Lib Dem spring conference that the services would get £250 million extra for five years.

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