Crazy for Walking initiative to combat mental health stigma

World Mental Health Day 2018: Raising awareness and combating stigma

The walk will start from The Piazza at 1pm on Wednesday.

According to WHO, mental health is defined as a state of wellbeing in which every individual reaches his or her potential, can cope with the normal stressors of life, can work productively and fruitfully, and is able to make a contribution to her or his community.

The theme this year is "Young people and mental health in a changing world".

The charity has reported a sharp rise in demand for its half, full and two-day mental health first aid courses since they began in 2017.

He called for strengthened collaborations among stakeholders to build mental health resilience from an early age to help prevent the mental distress and illnesses among adolescents and young adults and to manage recovery.

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. Teagasc Health and Safety Specialist, Dr John McNamara stated that Teagasc is assisting farmers to maintain Positive Mental Health against the background of a very challenging year in farming due to adverse weather conditions, fodder shortage and associated increased costs.

He said millions of people are caught up in conflict and disasters, putting them at risk of a range of long-term mental health problems.

Over the last decade, nearly five times as many students have disclosed a mental health condition to their university compared with 10 years ago. "It is time to do the same for mental health".

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Dr Emmanuel Alhassan said some people enroll their children in schools which they cannot afford the school fees and it becomes a burden for them; some stay on in abusive relationships instead of staying away for some time until it is resolved, or borrow money they can't pay thus putting themselves under stress.

"I am delighted we are appointing Jackie Doyle-Price as our dedicated Minister for Suicide Prevention, and I know she will make a real difference".

The experts state that signs of ill mental health can be spotted if people pay close attention to what the youth say. All this can lead to mental health. "Further we tend to downplay another's problem without realising that it may be a serious concern". Counsellor availability at schools and colleges improves the chance of early detection and therefore better management.

"This was a GSLP commitment in the 2011 Manifesto and we would like it to be acted on". The guidelines emphasise a multi-layered approach to MHPSS programming with an emphasis on strengthening familial and social supports for the wider community, whilst offering more focused and specialised intervention for those in need.

"Historically, everywhere in the world, it would seem, mental health has always been underfunded".

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The lack of the necessary Legislative Instrument (LI) to back the Mental Health Law since its passage in 2012 had affected its smooth implementation to help navigate the problems that had plagued patients' care.

"The time has come for some radical improvements to be made".

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