Why you should pay more attention to your mental health - Psychologists

Ally Finnis

Youth between the ages of 16-25 can also suffer from mental health issues.

The plight of adolescents struggling with mental health problems has come under spotlight for World Mental Health Day on October 10.

Mental Health Awareness Week is being run by the Mental Health Foundation from 8-14 October. Planned activities include more than 80 complimentary consultations for the public in the DHCC free zone and a collaboration with academic institution Amity University Dubai.

The awareness day follows Mental Health Awareness Week in May and the World Health Organisation has revealed its objective for this year's World Mental Health Day is to primarily focus on young people and those in the early years of adulthood.

"Anyone who cares about poverty, education, social cohesion or economic progress should work to improve mental health, putting the vast knowledge we have on promotion, prevention and care, into action".

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The Betterfuture: Better Mental Health programme has been built using the framework introduced by Building Mental Health; an industry-wide initiative joining construction businesses with active and freely available support, information and advice.

The survey of more than 2,000 workers in the United Kingdom found that four in ten people (39 percent) are already using technology - such as online services, mobile apps and wearables - to manage stress, improve sleep and boost mental wellbeing; the number is even greater - 46 percent - among those who have experienced mental health issues. 'Suicide is a leading cause of death in young people'. Nine out of 10 people (94%) felt that organisations should have a mental health policy, yet, less than a fifth (19%) of the organisations where they worked actually had mental health policies in place.

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.

Mental health researchers Dr Jo Robinson and Professor Patrick McGorry say that this rise in suicides is "devastating".

Data from the 2014 Mission Australia's Youth Survey showed that around 21.2% of young people (15-19 years old) met the criteria for a probably serious mental illness.

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"This is the council's Year of Mental Health and we want to spread positive messages around mental wellbeing across the borough and World Mental Health Day is a great opportunity to do this".

Students who are seeking help regarding mental illness can find it easily accessed through NAMI, whereas some resources on campus may be a bit more limited, according to Zell.

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.

For further information about World Mental Health Day visit the website here. "If mental health issues are tackled as soon as they occur, they may not degenerate to mental illnesses", he said.

"Mental health is often overlooked and people aren't talking about it a lot", she added.

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