World Mental Health Day 2019

Patrons at The Core in downtown Calgary take part in a stress relieving drumming class. The YMCA-run class is one of the events the shopping mall has offered as part of Mental Illness Awareness Week

Activities are implemented as part the organisation's multi-sectoral water, sanitation and hygiene and Mental Health intervention with the support of the French Development Agency (AFD) and funded by the European Union's Regional Trust Fund in response to the Syrian Crisis (the MADAD fund).

Harassment and bullying at work can also cause mental health problems, according to the World Health Organization, issues that tends to plague female, racial minority, and LGBTQ workers more often.

One of the major and treatable risk factors for suicide is depression: almost 15-20 percent of people suffering from depression choose to end their life through suicide. Reportedly, some 13,000 people commit suicide every year in Pakistan, and more than 95pc of them suffer from mental disorders.

"In the long-term, this is counterproductive for both the service user and the already severely under-resourced acute services". "There is still a long way to promote knowledge on mental health and remove public bias against mental diseases".

While no broadcaster or content provider should shy away from hard themes - and while those of us struggling with mental illness certainly want our experiences represented - it's easy to use mental illness as a way of upping dramatic stakes without thinking about how it affects (or reflects) the lives of viewers.

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

The need for action is critical and urgent - a specific focus is not only warranted, but essential for driving real change. "They were also more likely to have left roles for mental health reasons, and valued workplace environments that supported mental health".

Its website will act as a resource for users to seek help, get mental health information, and learn about and take inspiration from the personal experiences of likeminded individuals.

As a co-chair of the Alliance, one of my core goals within the next Parliament will be to ensure specific European Union level actions on mental health. "They don't know that mental illness is a disease which can have biological and genetic origins", said Dr He Yanling from the Shanghai Mental Health Center and a leading researcher on the survey.

This may point to a generational gap in how mental illness is viewed.

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