Lady Gaga mental health essay calls for funding and awareness

10 October, 2018, 21:21 | Author: Sherman Richardson
  • Lady Gaga mental health essay calls for funding and awareness

This plea was made on Wednesday at the commemoration of the World Mental Health Day.

And in order to raise awareness around mental illness and the lack of resources available for treatment, the singer has teamed up with the World Health Organisation's director-general Dr. Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus to write a powerful op-ed.

"The Department of Health spends less than 1% of the entire health budget on mental health".

How can you serve the mental health needs of a country where there are just 10 psychiatrists for a population of 13 million people? The theme for this year is 'Young people and mental health in a changing world, ' while in 2017 it was 'Mental health in the workplace'. One such discussion was held on Twitter earlier this year during May, which is considered as Mental Health Month.

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Half of all mental illness begin by the age of 14 years, but most cases go undetected and untreated, with serious long-term consequences for mental health, it said.

Like most low and middle income countries, Zimbabwe puts people with mental health problems in hospitals, rather than treating them in the community, says Professor Dixon Chibanda of the University of Zimbabwe - one of the country's handful of trained psychiatrists.

The governor explained that people with mental health problems deserve love, care, understanding and support. "We believe this will be empowering for the individual who shares his or her story, as well as give confidence to others who are silently suffering from depression, to come out and seek help".

'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'.

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