10 year-old Monmouth boy campaigns for young people's mental health

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"We are treating mental illness as a risk factor", said Patel.

"Many of the problems facing our young people today such as bullying, suicide, the onset of mental illness, the effects of trauma and discrimination require our time and attention, awareness and compassion as well as new programmes and guidelines on how we can protect and empower the next generation".

"As a result of funding this year from the Commonwealth, the RFDS is expanding mental health services across the country; however, the 10-year high on suicide rates shows that there is a vast amount to do. accessible, culturally appropriate, evidence-based mental health services are required for all Australians, no matter where they live". Yet young people are facing unprecedented pressures in life, leading to anxiety, depression and eating disorders. This week alone, it's estimated about 500,000 Canadians will miss work due to their mental health condition.

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"Mental health services, particularly for young people, are reporting an increased number of admissions linked to use of social media and some companies themselves are starting to recognise this".

From my experience, some basic health classes only briefly touch up on the topic of mental health and teachers say, "if you or someone you know is having thoughts of suicide, call the National Suicide Hotline".

"The time has come for us all, collectively, to tackle the causes and symptoms of mental illness, and provide care for those who suffer from it", says Gaga. However, it added that mental health interventions for young people must be carefully planned to "ensure that they are accepted by them and that they will be useful". "If these disorders are left untreated, they can extend into adult life, thus impacting educational attainment, employment, relationships and even parenting", warned Tarun Dua, a mental health adviser at the WHO.

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Professionals also suggested 20 percent of the world's children and adolescents have mental disorders and about half of mental illnesses begin before the age of 14. This approach will help in minimizing the mental illness to a great extent. They can include things like suffering from emotional, physical or sexual abuse, parental separation, domestic violence, parents who have mental illness, problems wth alcohol abuse, or drug use, or are in prison.

Qatar Airways has always been a strong advocate for promoting better mental health and wellbeing among its staff through its "Priority 1 - Your Health & Wellness" campaign.

"At present, every nation in the world is a "developing" country when it comes to mental health", the pair wrote.

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Sam was sports-mad but his mental health spiralled after he fractured his back at fifteen, he was told a year later that he could never play sports again.

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