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This year's World Mental Health Day - observed yesterday on October 10 - made a decision to have "Young people and mental health in a changing world" as its theme.

"It's important we keep raising awareness about mental health".

Divulging more about the mental health care, Mr. Brahm Mohindra said that there is a tendency of experimentation in young age group leading to indulgence in alcohol and illicit drug abuse which may lead to the mental health issues among youth. I was nearly at breaking point when one day my manager, who is a Mental Health First Aider, said to me that maybe I should seek some professional advice and he pointed me in the right direction.

"I am delighted we are appointing Jackie Doyle-Price as our dedicated minister for suicide prevention, and I know she will make a real difference".

The Day provides an opportunity for all stakeholders working on mental health issues to talk about their work, and what more needs to be done to make mental health care a reality for people worldwide.

"Young people are constantly battling the effects of human rights violations, war and violence in our homes, schools and workplaces, competing cultures from all around us through television and the internet, where they experience cyber-crimes, cyber-bullying. Young people living in situations such as these are particularly vulnerable to mental distress and illness", wrote World Health Organization on its website. This week alone, it's estimated about 500,000 Canadians will miss work due to their mental health condition.

Dagg notes mental health issues cost the Canadian economy up to $50 billion a year.

"Previously, there has been very little work done on physical activity from a mental health perspective".

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UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres on Wednesday called for more attention directed to people's mental health, especially that of young people, in observance of the World Mental Health Day.

He also thinks it is important for young adults to open up about their mental health because it will lead them to live a fuller life.

For more information on mental health, you can visit Interior Health.

One in five adults experiences mental illness in any given year, and 17% of high school students report seriously considering suicide.

"The doctors are trained to recognise mental health issues and are assisted by EIS sports psychologists and performance lifestyle advisers".

Experts say that women may be prone to some disorders (anxiety disorders) as they undergo a cyclic hormonal changes every month, but overall the prevalence is the same among both the sexes.

By tackling mental health stigma and helping people understand that mental health belongs to everybody, employers will see productivity, staff retention, and sickness rates improve - it is an issue that businesses can't afford to ignore.

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