Celebrities Demand Global Action to Combat Mental Health Stigma


"We are pleased to be promoting new measures today, including the launch of our Mental Health Strategy, as we continue to build structures that will help promote a positive environment for athletes, coaches and support staff".

Health Minister Jackie Doyle-Price will lead the national effort and try to end the stigma which stops people from seeking help, Theresa May announced as she marked World Mental Health Day.

It's an annual occasion created by the World Federation for Mental Health, designed to get us all talking about the state of our mental health.

Having a friend, having someone who is on your side is something we can all do for someone, and on World Mental Health Day, if you take anything away take that.

Suicide is the second leading cause of death globally for young peope aged between 15 and 19, according to the report, which also suggested there is little difference reported in mental health services and support between countries of low and middle average incomes and those of high incomes. "Young people that we're seeing are going through adolescence, they are going through the demands and challenges of puberty and that can affect their thought processes and how they rationalise things out".

If you're a young person struggling with mental health issues, YoungMinds offer 24/7 support through a textline (text YM to 85258). My goal for It's OK To Say is to open more minds, to inspire more curiosity related to mental health and to bring about more understanding.

"We've seen a rise in mental illness in young people when, with all the knowledge we have, we should be seeing a decrease", Professor Helen Herrman, President of the World Psychiatric Association said in the statement.

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Sam was sports-mad but his mental health spiralled after he fractured his back at fifteen, he was told a year later that he could never play sports again.

"Half of all mental illness begins by the age of 14 years but most cases go undetected and untreated with serious long term consequences for mental health".

If you are at school or college, mental health care may be arranged for you.

These crises prompted UK Sport, the government agency that funds elite athletes, to ask the EIS, its sports medicine and science arm, to come up with a series of measures to provide more help to those who need it.

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

Research has also found around 75 per cent of mental health disorders appear by the age of 24, while over the last decade nearly five times as many students have disclosed a mental health condition to their university compared to ten years ago.

"One key theme that emerged at the Summit was the importance of looking beyond mental health services and systems to community led responses". Any one of us could have mental health issues at some point in our lives.