Those living with mental illness are not alone

Desiree Burns
October 14, 2018

The organisation is trying to encourage people not to use careless words to describe people with mental health issues. "We can prevent the tragedy of suicide taking too many lives". If our children and youth are not mentally strong, how can we build a strong nation?

"I've met people who come here several times a week and find it very helpful".

"I wanted help, and I received some counselling from local charities", she added, "but my condition was more severe than the help they could offer me".

She said: "Restore's a brilliant place to come and it's great to be back here for World Mental Health Day". "It's just not sustainable to take so much time out of your day when you have young children".

Speaking at the first Youth Mental Health Workshop at the Government Campus Plaza Auditorium on Richmond Street, Port of Spain, Thursday, Richards said the increasing popularity of social media technology has placed young people at risk of developing mental illness from harmful trends such as cyber-bullying and body shaming. "We don't want people to feel awkward about mental health, but nor do we want people with mental ill-health to feel excluded from society". "This is not something you solve overnight".

Health minister Jackie Doyle-Price will be charged with ensuring mental health remains a top priority as the National Health Service receives new funding.

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May also announced additional funding for the Samaritans' help line, a confidential 24-hour suicide hotline.

Half of all mental illnesses begin by age 14, but most cases go undetected and untreated.

One-quarter of young people who require mental health services are unable to get help from the NHS, the report found.

Today, we need to open up and talk about mental health problems.

"Despite the progress we have made in raising awareness of mental health issues, there's still lots to do".

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