13.5 C
Ontario
Monday, October 18, 2021

World Mental Health Day: Getting closer to ending the stigma, WHO says – Saskatoon


In an effort to raise awareness for mental health, the World Health Organization (WHO) has recognized Oct. 10 as World Mental Health Day around the world for the last 29 years.

Experts say there has been lots of progress made towards ending the stigma around mental illnesses, but there is still a long way to go.

“There is no health without mental health,” said Tarun Dua, head of the Mental Health and Addictions Department with WHO.

Two decades ago, WHO launched a Mental Health Atlas that shows the status of mental health services in every area of the world to address the gap in services for those in need.

Read more:
A ‘free environment’: Championing peer support programs on World Mental Health Day

Story continues below advertisement

In the recently released 2020 atlas, it shows that mental health only takes up two per cent of the health budget across the world and only one in four people are receiving the mental health treatment that they need while dealing with stigma.

“People with mental health conditions, poor mental health, they’re also impacted by the stigma, discrimination, human rights abuses,” said Dua.

Read more:
Carey Price seeking help signals changing narrative around mental health

Before the COVID-19 pandemic, nearly one billion people in the world were clinically diagnosed with a mental health disorder, and the numbers continue to climb.

Saskatchewan Health Authority (SHA) statistics show that for the first three months of this year, they saw a 35 per cent increase in clients for all of their mental health services.

“The volume of individuals maybe who never would have before are now starting to ask for help with their mental health,” said SHA Mental Health and Addictions Co-Director Zoe Teed-McKay.

Read more:
Children hit hard by COVID-19 need mental health support, UN report warns

According to WHO, the motto surrounding the day is, “Mental health care for all — let’s make mental health a reality for everybody.”

Story continues below advertisement

“Quite successful these days, the anti-stigma campaigns that have led us to a day like World Mental Health Day by each and every action of raising awareness,” said Teed-McKay.

If you, or someone you know, is in need of mental health assistance, you can contact the SHA’s mental health services at 306-655-7777.




© 2021 Global News, a division of Corus Entertainment Inc.





Source link

Latest news

T20 World Cup 2021, Ireland vs Netherlands, Live Score: Ireland, Netherlands Eye Winning Start In Group A

T20 WC: Ireland will take on Netherlands in Abu Dhabi today.© InstagramIreland and Netherlands will kick-off their T20 World Cup campaign when they...

Govinda ने Kapil Show मे चार चाँद लगाए | The Kapil Sharma Show | Most Viewed

Click here to Subscribe to SET India: Click here to watch the special clips from your favorite show: We bring to you the 'Most...

Jacqueline Fernandez skips third ED summons in PMLA case involving Sukesh Chandrashekar

Actor Jacqueline Fernandez again skipped on Monday her appearance before the Enforcement Directorate (ED) for questioning in connection with a probe into an...

Xam Idea CBSE MCQs Chapterwise For Term I, Class 10 Mathematics Standard (With massive Question Bank and OMR Sheets for real-time practise)

Price: (as of - Details) Xamidea presents MCQ books exclusively for Term-I Examinations. Compiled under the guidance of stellar expertise, these books contain...
Related news

T20 World Cup 2021, Ireland vs Netherlands, Live Score: Ireland, Netherlands Eye Winning Start In Group A

T20 WC: Ireland will take on Netherlands in Abu Dhabi today.© InstagramIreland and Netherlands will kick-off their T20 World Cup campaign when they...

Govinda ने Kapil Show मे चार चाँद लगाए | The Kapil Sharma Show | Most Viewed

Click here to Subscribe to SET India: Click here to watch the special clips from your favorite show: We bring to you the 'Most...

Jacqueline Fernandez skips third ED summons in PMLA case involving Sukesh Chandrashekar

Actor Jacqueline Fernandez again skipped on Monday her appearance before the Enforcement Directorate (ED) for questioning in connection with a probe into an...

Xam Idea CBSE MCQs Chapterwise For Term I, Class 10 Mathematics Standard (With massive Question Bank and OMR Sheets for real-time practise)

Price: (as of - Details) Xamidea presents MCQ books exclusively for Term-I Examinations. Compiled under the guidance of stellar expertise, these books contain...