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Mental health: start the conversation today

By Adrian 09 Oct 2021

Sunday 10 October 2021 is World Mental Health Day.

In 2020 1 in 6 young people had a mental health problem

QUIZ: How much do you know about mental health?

ACT: Tips for preventing depression in your teens & twenties

Preventing_depression_in_your_teens_and_twenties.pdf (168KB)

SUPPORT: How to talk with a friend how may be having suicide thoughts

Talking_about_suicide_thoughts.pdf (144KB)
Many people with a mental illness do not receive the treatment that they are entitled to and deserve and together with their families and carers continue to experience stigma and discrimination. The gap between the ‘haves’ and the ‘have nots’ grows ever wider and there is continuing unmet need in the care of people with a mental health problem.

Research evidence shows that there is a deficiency in the quality of care provided to people with a mental health problem. It can take up to 15 years before medical, social and psychological treatments for mental illness that have been shown to work in good quality research studies are delivered to the patients that need them in everyday practice.

The stigma and discrimination experienced by people who experience mental ill health not only affects that persons physical and mental health, stigma also affects their educational opportunities, current and future earning and job prospects, and also affects their families and loved ones.  This inequality needs to be addressed because it should not be allowed to continue. We all have a role to play to address these disparities and ensure that people with lived experience of mental health are fully integrated in all aspects of life. 
People who experience physical illness also often experience psychological distress and mental health difficulties. An example is visual impairment. Over 2.2 billion people have visual impairment worldwide, and the majority also experience anxiety and/ or depression and this is worsened for visually impaired people who experience adverse social and economic circumstances.
The COVID 19 pandemic has further highlighted the effects of inequality on health outcomes and no nation, however rich, has been fully prepared for this.  The pandemic has and will continue to affect people, of all ages, in many ways: through infection and illness, sometimes resulting in death bringing bereavement to surviving family members; through the economic impact, with job losses and continued job insecurity; and with the physical distancing that can lead to social isolation.

READ: More about mental health inequality

If we all do one thing, we can change everything

WATCH: Forward Together for Mental Health

A special news programme for World Mental Health dat will premiere on 10th October. 

Forward Together for Mental Health will explore how the crisis has advanced the mental health narrative and agenda in the workplace and wider society. Our programme also looks at the people and projects safeguarding emotional wellbeing across the UK and the necessary support in place to help those experiencing a mental health problem.

Sign up to watch the programme here.

SHARE: Make an impact this World Mental Health Day

  • Get social media graphics to share from Mind, the mental health charity
  • Use social media to tell the world: What would you do to reduce stigma and improve care for people with mental health problems?

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Adrian is a medical doctor, the Student Health & Wellbeing Manager at the University of London and the Warden of Connaught Hall, where he has lived for almost 25 years.
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