10 things to know about Aussies and mental health

Indian national Bharat Vatwani one of the winners of this year's Magsaysay Awards- widely regarded as Asia's version of the Nobel prize- speaks during an interview ahead of the awards ceremony in Manila on Aug. 28 2018

It is widely accepted worldwide that mental health issues become evident in someone around the age of 14 years, but it takes up to about 10 years to show the full manifestation.

According to World Health Organization, a lot of these cases go undetected and therefore untreated, meaning that they're likely to get worse as a person gets older.

Despite the millions of people who are affected by mental health issues, many of those suffering don't speak up because of the stigma that still exists.

"Dedicated to promoting mental health services and providing peer support within the underserved Chinese community, Elaine Peng helped establish the National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) Chinese Community Service Committee in the San Francisco Bay Area and developed the first NAMI Chinese website in the United States, in addition to having developed multiple NAMI programs for the Chinese community", said Wieckowski in a California Senate resolution dated September 26. The Commission called for a human rights approach to dealing with mental health conditions.

Victoria reported the highest percentage of young people who experienced high or very high levels of psychological distress (35 per cent) compared Western Australia and South Australia (33 per cent). If you have the resources to donate to cause that supports mental illness, do that.

In 2017, Australia lost more than 3000 people to suicides, making it the leading cost of death among people aged between 15-44 years old.

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On past occasions, the singer has reminded audiences that mental health is equally important to a person's well-being as physical health. According to the Guardian op-ed, despite some improvements in communities around the world, there's still a long way to go.

Now, the singer and actress is fighting for more awareness and funding for mental health.

"Crisis services are doing their best however some believe we must begin to focus the way they deal with men and women differently in order to reach the men who so desperately need help but are afraid to reach out".

Dr. Appau, however suggested that creating counselling centres in all educational institutions could help secure the future of the youth from possible psychological disorders. It's not easy, but the impact you will have on others is a priceless reward.

Sure, it's a day that's part of a month that also strives to recognise the many conditions and illnesses that people are struggling with, but once the clock hits 12 tonight, the tweets of support, the infographics, and the Instagram Stories will, for the most part, stop.

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