Kenneth Cole Forms Coalition to Fight Mental Health Stigma

Lachlan Samuel speaks openly about his mental health struggles as a FIFO worker in a bid to support others. Image supplied

Lachlan Samuel speaks openly about his mental health struggles as a FIFO worker in a bid to support others. Image supplied

In a video message on "World Mental Health Day", President Dr Arif Alvi said, "Depression affects lifestyle of people which creates hurdles in development of society".

On World Mental Health Day, Education Minister Stephen Lecce announced an investment of almost $40 million, more than double the funding from 2017-18, to advance student mental health in partnership with education groups. "There is still a long way to promote knowledge on mental health and remove public bias against mental diseases".

"The long-term neglect of people with severe and enduring mental illness has negative outcomes for the service user and their families", she said.

"The short-sightedness of not providing adequate mental health rehabilitation services, from both a human rights and a financial viewpoint, is quite astounding".

A particular theme this year is reducing the social stigma attached to mental illness. It was first highlighted in the 1998 National Health Policy when mental health became a component of primary healthcare, but this effort came to naught.

The Health Programme, which funds health cooperation among European Union countries and underpins and develops European Union health activities, may also provide opportunities.

The MEP Alliance for Mental Health - launched in 2009 as the Interest Group on Mental Health, Wellbeing and Brain Disorders - can play an important role in driving change by facilitating dialogue between stakeholders and policymakers. "I am proud to be a member of this government that is applying a compassionate eye to making mental health a priority by more than doubling mental health supports for our kids".

Terming depression the main cause of suicide, the experts urged people to seek medical assistance from trained and qualified mental health experts, help others in living a happy life to enjoy their own lives.

Also, I would like to see a comprehensive EU Mental Health Action Programme developed, as originally proposed by the Commission in 2004.

If you need some motivation to take care of your mind just like you take care of your body, there's no better time than Mental Health Awareness Week to get educated. Addressing these concerns will automatically lighten the burden of mental illness.

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