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Mayor proclaims May as Mental Health Awareness Month

Mayor proclaims May as Mental Health Awareness Month”

He also reminded encouraged people to seek help when needed.

The Mental Health and Wellbeing in the Work Place event takes on May 17 (10:00 to 12:15) at the NatWest Entrepreneur Accelerator, One Central Square, Cardiff and includes refreshments. 75% of young people with a mental health problem are not receiving treatment and those who do look for treatment may face extreme roadblocks, as it has been reported that the average waiting time for effective treatment is ten years. It is estimated that about 300 million people suffer from depression and 60 million from bipolar mood disorder alone.

The Mental Health Association has 330 locations across the country. "This leaves people with mental disorders vulnerable to a myriad of human rights abuses", says Chima. Mental health issues are always considered as taboo and not much talked about regardless of socio-economic conditions, which has eventually caused an extravagant increase in the issue.

"Personal stigma refers to one's perception of mental illness in general or of others suffering from mental illness". In addition to being among the panelists at the Silence the Shame event, Dr. S has also used his wealth of experience and training as a Doctor of Social Work and a New Licensed Clinical Social Worker to initimate thousands on people about mental health, recognized by the National Association of Social Workers (NASW) for his vast effort of using Hip hop music to help his clients open up about mental health.

South Africa's mental health policies and laws are in line with worldwide human rights covenants, but these rights and freedoms alone are not enough to protect South Africans living with mental disorders, who are vulnerable to abuse and human rights violations.

One in five Canadians experiences a mental-health illness or concern each year.

Almost 4 of 5 respondents agreed that less stigma and shame around mental health disorders would lower suicide rates. "It's about building our own awareness so that, of course, when we recognize the signs and symptoms within ourselves that we seek help and support", he said.

Though a suicide helpline is yet to be created, Dubai is running pilot projects to integrate mental health services in primary healthcare settings.

Ryan Sanderson, Exhibition Director for Africa Health Exhibition and Conferences believes that platforms such as Africa Health are important in bringing together policymakers, leaders and other experts in the area of mental health.

He shared the example of the Health Promotion Board providing on-site management training workshops to equip managers and HR professionals with skills to recognise and address common mental health issues; and also its workplace mental health programmes that provide practical tips. In its ninth year, the 2019 event is expected to attract more than 10,500 healthcare professionals, with representation from over 160 countries and over 600 leading global and regional healthcare and pharmaceutical suppliers, manufacturers and service providers.

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