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Watch ‘Through the Storm’ - an LFC documentary on mental health

Watch ‘Through the Storm’ - an LFC documentary on mental health

"Yet despite the universality of the issue, we struggle to talk about it openly or to offer adequate care or resources".

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.

After citing some grassroots programs in nations like Zimbabwe and the United Kingdom that are helping to erase some of the mental health stigma, the duo add that the World Health Organization has been working on a "global action plan" for the past five years.

Speaking to Eyewitness News, Sadag's Cassey Chambers says that from research, adolescents have been found to be the most at-risk age group of taking their own lives.

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.

"Earlier this year, the WHO published the Global Mental Health Atlas, which provides information from 177 countries on progress towards achieving the plan's targets", Lady Gaga and Ghebreyesus wrote.




"The main contributing factors include relationship problems (with a boyfriend/girlfriend, fighting with a best friend, etc.), family issues (divorce, separation, abuse, conflict, etc.), trauma (loss, grief, abuse, rape, etc.) and school problems (bullying, learning difficulties)".

Britain's prime minister has appointed a suicide-prevention minister as part of a national effort to reduce the number of people who take their own lives.

Unlike costly physical illnesses like cancer, where expenses are largely hospital-based, mental health costs are often indirect, such as not being able to work.

"A child can suffer huge stress due to small reasons like getting scolded or bullied in school, disputes between parents and even day-to-day pressure like forcing for a haircut", said Dr Arjun Raj Kunwar, child and adolescent psychiatrist at Kanti Children's Hospital.

With the growing awareness about mental health, it's possible that you picked up on some warning signs.

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