June 26 2017

Guest Column: Make mental health treatment available to children

June 26 2017, 12:13 | Irvin Gilbert

Pointing out that there is a projected rise in child poverty over the next five years, it says "It is a real concern that cuts to support for low income families have the potential to entrench the impact of poverty on the mental health and well-being of children across the United Kingdom". For example, if you're afraid of giving a speech in public, does it mean you have a mental health condition or a run-of-the-mill case of nerves? "When you hear about budget cuts for mental health, do not be alarmed, it will not affect the seven counties we serve".

"For the 10,000 mothers that will not fit Maternal Mental Health criteria this year to receive funded holistic treatment for perinatal depression, and the 7,500 mothers that will experience a significant delay in diagnosis this year - this would be a welcome Mother's Day present that they desperately need". The event will convene Fortune 100 executives, leading academic experts in mental health, and representatives from national and global health organizations.

These were just some of the findings in a federally funded study conducted by Michigan State University that looked at mental-health literacy around four major issues: anxiety, depression, alcohol abuse and prescription drug abuse. I am retraining to be a Medical Herbalist, and hope to work with people in the future on how herbal medicine may be suitable to help manage some conditions, as well as working with people on nutritional advice, exercise and to maintain good mental health.

Stigma about anxiety remains strong, with 63 percent of the respondents having some level of stigma toward anxiety and 73 percent of them reporting that this stigma exists in their communities.

We must remove the stigma of seeking help, which starts with ourselves. At its core, telling someone to they should try not being depressed is as effective as telling them not to have the flu and that is something more people are beginning to understand. Evidence has shown that untreated mental illness can impact our physical health and increase morbidity and mortality of many chronic conditions such as heart disease. This type of perspective on mental health is poisonous and dated. We need to recognise the positive strategies that work for us and put them into practice when things feel hard.

Encourage an environment where mental health is spoken about openly. Are you thinking about reaching out for professional help? If you avoid situations or scenarios that make you anxious, you won't ever overcome them.

Providing employee benefits such as an Employee Assistance Programme, a confidential counselling service that provides round the clock support on a wide range of issues, is a small financial cost that helps employees deal with personal and workplace problems that can affect their mental wellbeing.

"Fully embracing the concept of wellness not only improves health in the mind, body and spirit, but also maximizes one's potential to lead a full and productive life", Marshall added.

If you are looking to help someone suffering from mental illness, or if you want to know the signs and symptoms, MHP's Behavioral Health Services offers free eight-hour classes. While any such activity that distracts or grounds you can work to shift your focus to something less stressful, one of the most important things to cope in a healthy manner, something Haley Kaminski emphasized when sharing her story of mental illness with Cochrane High students. They believe the nature of bullying has changed dramatically compared with 20 or 30 years ago.

'We absolutely do need days, weeks, months dedicated to making people more aware of mental illness - yes, even more aware than we collectively are right now.

New research by the Mental Health Foundation has found that the UK's "mental health is deteriorating".

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