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Focus on children's mental health, WHO urges African leaders

Focus on children's mental health, WHO urges African leaders

"These institutions are not able to meet the needs of people with mental health problems - they are not user friendly and they fuel stigma because of their excessive use of medication and their excessive use of seclusion", he says.

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.

Debbie Jevans, Interim Chair of the EFL said: "Every day throughout the year the EFL, through its 72 Clubs and their support staff ensure players improve and maintain their physical health".

As the World marks Mental Health Day, non-profit organisation Cape Mental Health has stressed the importance of breaking down stereotypes.

On Tuesday, The Guardian published an opinion piece by a seemingly unlikely duo: pop star and actor Lady Gaga and Tedros Adhanom, the Director General of the World Health Organization (WHO).

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WFMH wants to encourage a plan of early interventions, prevention of mental illness and triggers such as bullying, and the implementing of resilience support and programs to educate young people about mental wellbeing.

It also urged continuous training for primary healthcare workers to enable them detect and manage common mental health problems in community settings.

In July, the father of British snowboarder Ellie Soutter said a history of mental health issues - coupled with the pressure of elite performance - may have contributed to her ending her life in Les Gets in the French Alps.

Tufton reasoned that what is needed is a strong sensitisation programme geared at giving information to the public that persons suffering from mental illness can be treated and must not be sidelined by caregivers. 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. But together we can change that.

'As we watch the news, scroll the internet and talk to family and friends around the world, it's apparent that instability, violence and constant traumatic events are becoming daily occurrences, ' said WFMH president Professor Alberto Trimboli. The focus on mental health should be no different and every year 1 in 4 of us will experience a mental health problem. People go for a physical health check-up regularly but mental health is always neglected.


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