Published: Wed, October 10, 2018
Medicine | By Tracy Klein

PHCC partners with WEYAK to create mental health awareness among youth

PHCC partners with WEYAK to create mental health awareness among youth

Mental Health First Aid (MHFA) is an internationally recognised training course which teaches people how to spot the signs and symptoms of mental ill health and provide help on a first aid basis.

There will be a health marketplace, with Pearson Legal, Tameside Oldham, Glossop Mind and Healthy Minds on hand to give information and advice about health and wellbeing.

SUNSHINE Coast residents have the chance to learn mindfulness for free during Queensland Mental Health Week.

It explained that in the last few years, attitudes to mental health have started to change.

This week is Mental Health Week and Ms Coutts, who now works at The Park Mental Health Centre at Wacol, is calling on local businesses to adopt West Moreton Health's Stop Stigma Charter. Research has also identified the following risk factors among our youth: Those who suffered a traumatic experience, poor eating habits, sedentary lifestyle, poor quality sleep, excessive use of cell phones, tablets, computers, television, youth who are bullied at schools and colleges, with physical disabilities, developmental disabilities, with a family member who has anxiety, depression, schizophrenia or suffering from substance abuse and poor management of coping with stress.

According to the World Health Organisation (WHO), the UAE has the highest regional level of depression, at 5.1 per cent of the population.

"Most people with depression are not suicidal, but most suicidal people are depressed", says Dr Sebolelo Seape, chairperson of PsychMG.

In 2017, in Australia 3,128 people died from intentional self-harm, rising 9.1% from 2,866 in 2016.

Health Secretary Matt Hancock said: "We're already making progress when it comes to suicide prevention, the suicide rate is at its lowest for seven years".

Academy manager Byron Anthony said: "It's well documented these days in regards of the mental health, not just in football but in general society".

They especially point out that the number of suicides of women aged under 25 has increased by 76% over the past 10 years. Project leader Michael Naera said he was all for improving awareness around mental wellness. "We can not expect to save lives if people who need help are being turned away from specialist care", they wrote in the Sydney Morning Herald on Monday.

Closer home, The National is exploring the pressures of mental health that young people face in the UAE. However, there are simply no other accessible options.

"Once again, people are talking about the implications of not having the necessary system in place and the huge problems facing individuals when the support they need is simply not available", the group said.

For further information about World Mental Health Day visit the website here.

While six out of 10 people said they felt their employer should be doing more to address mental health issues, on a more positive note, over a third (37%) said their employer recognised stress as a valid condition and worked to help them resolve issues. The majority have used or would use online counselling services or helplines (72 percent), apps for meditation or relaxation (69 percent), online chatrooms and support groups (67 percent) and interactive GP services (65 percent).

Australian Bureau of Statistics.

Meanwhile, Health Secretary Matt Hancock is hosting the first ever Global Ministerial Mental Health Summit in London, attended by ministers and representatives from over 50 countries as well as the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge.

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