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

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On October 10, people observe World Mental Health Day, is a day for global mental health education, awareness, it's significance and advocacy against its social stigma.

Most employees (72 per cent) want employers to champion the cause of mental health and well-being, according to a survey published today - World Mental Health Day. 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.

"Although it's not fully developed, there's widespread acceptance that overuse of these platforms can have a detrimental effect on children and young people. Within families and communities, we often remain silenced by a shame that tells us that those with mental illness are somehow less worthy or at fault for their own suffering".

Jane Ashby leader of the Doncaster School Nurses team, said "Quite often families are hard for young people, so just having someone they can talk to that's not necessarily a parent but somebody they can just talk freely to is kind of what our role is".

Figures showed people living in remote areas were accessing mental health services at only a sixth of the rate of those in cities. Literacy and numeracy are seen as the key markers of success. To do this, we need to re-balance the curriculum by giving health and wellbeing the same importance as literacy and numeracy, and creating mentally healthy schools where pupils and teachers can thrive.

Lisa Hamill, UK people director at global facilities management company Atalian Servest, also added: "With depression now thought to be the number one illness around the world according to the World Health Organisation, businesses need to provide the support their people need". This blog originally appeared on the foundation's website.

Dr Derek Richards, chief science officer at SilverCloud Health, welcomed World Mental Health Day's 2018 theme of "young people", but said that important work still needed to be done to support those struggling.

However, the failures of the mental health care system are multifaceted. "That's the first place to go", said Dagg.

A spokesman from Therapy Dogs said: "Its a fact that spending time with a puppy or kitten reduces stress and have a great impact on our mental health thats why our pets are so popular". As the United Nations panel recognised, ensuring good mental health goes some way towards reducing the burden of NCDs and therefore improving public health overall.

"We can help them to make sense of what's making them anxious, because they don't always see what that is".

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