How to be a better friend to someone with mental health issues

Helen-Maria Vasiliadis

Different studies have also shown that mental health plagues people of every age, affects one out of five youths globally and is directly linked to youth suicide in the 15-29 age group.

Gaga and Adhanom mentioned some of the high-profile celebrities who've died by suicide over the past year, including celebrity chef Anthony Bourdain and designer Kate Spade.

Despite the millions of people who are affected by mental health issues, many of those suffering don't speak up because of the stigma that still exists. "Yet despite the universality of the issue, we struggle to talk about it openly or to offer adequate care or resources".

"If you look in the newspapers, especially within the past few weeks, nearly daily there has been some mention of mental health".

The Lancet report found that in many countries, people with common mental disorders such as depression, anxiety and schizophrenia routinely suffer gross human rights violations - including shackling, torture and imprisonment. Since her diagnosis, the actress has been involved in actively spreading awareness about mental illness, including founding the Live Love Laugh Foundation to promote mental health care. D, LCSW from The Cohen Veterans Network and Linda Rosenberg, MSW from the National Council for Behavioral Health join us to shine a light on this growing issue and how to reduce it by eliminating the social stigma of mental illness. "It's time we should change the perception", adds Dr Desousa.

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Public Health England (PHE) is encouraging adults in the Midlands to look after their mental health as they do their physical health, through its new Every Mind Matters campaign.

United Kingdom journalist Hattie Gladwell initiated a Twitter thread with the hashtag detailing 'Things people have said about my mental illness.' The thread went viral, and exposed us to the kind of comments those suffering with mental illness had heard. In 2015, I shared my story.

"It's these people who need to be at the heart of what we do and I welcome this opportunity to work closely with them, as well as experts, to oversee a cross-Government suicide prevention plan, making their sure their views are always heard".

Prime Minister Theresa May also pledged £1.8 million ($2.37 million) to the Samaritans-a registered charity to prevent suicides-so they can continue offering free helpline for the next four years.

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