Lancet report: Mental health disorders on the rise in India

Helen-Maria Vasiliadis

"There are few greater examples than the injustices facing those with mental health conditions".

Several days in advance Nick Clegg revealed a key announcement in the forthcoming 2015 budget: children's mental health services would be transformed with a huge cash injection.

"With mental and behavioral health, the lack of services means the future cost implications are even higher because people aren't even getting treatment", Bass said.

Countries at the summit are expected to support a global declaration to achieve equity for mental health, marking the first time national governments have made a joint pledge to put mental health on an equal footing with physical health.

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Actress Deepika Padukone shared her struggle with depression in a powerful message on Instagram on Wednesday, in honor of World Mental Health Day. Anybody can visit a psychiatrist and psychologist; we should break the stereotype that only people with the mental disorder can visit one.

It also recommended a wholesale shift to community-based care for mental health patients, with psychosocial treatments such as talking therapies being offered not just by medical professionals, but also by community health workers, peers, teachers and the clergy.

The harmful use of alcohol and illicit drugs among adolescents were also identified as contributing to risky behaviours such as violence, unsafe sex and dangerous driving.

Globally, "depression is one of the leading causes of illness and disability among adolescents" with suicide being the third leading cause of death in 15 to 19-year-olds, noted the WHO.

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The PM will also announce the campaign to train a million people in mental health awareness - Every Mind Matters - launches today, with a pilot in the West Midlands ahead of a national rollout next spring. For many, these can be times of stress and anxiety, and these feelings can lead to serious mental illness if they are not recognised and managed in time.

They explained that the adolescence and the early years of adulthood are a time of change- moving schools, leaving home, and starting work.

As evidence in this country emerges - and the Chief Medical Officer is now looking at what we know and the impact of social media - we need to consider the links between health and technology for better, in many cases, but also for worse. "And we can all be a part of a new movement", they write.

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