Mental health awareness programme kicks-off Wednesday

Mental health awareness programme kicks-off Wednesday

Mental health awareness programme kicks-off Wednesday

A new report, from health and wellbeing provider BHSF, has highlighted a hidden problem that is only magnified by the stigma surrounding poor mental health.

Jamie Matsell, General Manager at Xercise4Less Sheffield, said: "The physical benefits of exercise are well-known, but World Mental Health Day is the ideal opportunity to shine a light on the positive effects exercise has on our mental wellbeing".

This Wednesday 10 October, is World Mental Health Day and, as a leading institution in the field, Griffith has a range of expertise and programs which link to this year's theme, "Young people and mental health in a changing world".

"Half of all mental illness begins by the age of 14, but most cases go undetected and untreated".

Those wanting to help raise awareness of mental health issues can choose to wear a green ribbon, seen as the global symbol for this movement.

The GMWS reiterated that these are not local statistics, adding that until Gibraltar has its own database it has to gauge local needs based on research results elsewhere.

A lot of people don't really consider their mental health, and therefore that of others.

Workers in the United Kingdom are open to using a range of technologies - from online chatrooms, mobile apps and GP services to artificial intelligence and virtual reality - to help look after their mental health, according to results of a survey from Accenture.

The term "mental illness" actually references not just one, but a group of debilitating illnesses - such as the depressive disorders and schizophrenia - causing disturbances in thinking, feeling, and relating, for which the causes and cures are unknown.

Xercise4Less is giving people the chance to work out for free and experience for themselves the positive effects exercise can have on their mental health.

The PsychMG said the 2011 Youth Risk Behaviour Survey (YRBS) found that a quarter of grade 8-11 pupils across all South Africa's provinces had felt so sad or hopeless that they could not engage in their usual daily activities for two weeks or more.

The forum included an opening address from Queensland Mental Health Commissioner Ivan Frkovic, as well as presentations from researchers in the suicide prevention field, organisations that support at-risk individuals and their families and people with a personal experience of suicide.

She said the programmes outlined for the celebrations include public lecture, appearances on various media platforms, a health walk, outreach screening programmes, and Open Day at all Mental Health facilities for public interactions. "Further we tend to downplay another's problem without realising that it may be a serious concern".

The Society is also reiterating its call for school counsellors, embedded in the education system, to be made available.

"There is definitely something about admitting it but then worrying what the support is going to be like", said Ms Rategh.

"This was a GSLP commitment in the 2011 Manifesto and we would like it to be acted on". Once referred, individuals will meet with a Healthy Active Minds instructor for an initial consultation where goals, motivation and support requirements are discussed to enable them to become physically active. Mental health is our ability to enjoy life and cope with its challenges. However, one in three workers (32 percent) are willing to use technology to support their mental health without any professional guidance, and three in four (75 percent) would consider using tech without knowing how well it was tested.

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