Mental Health Month targets 'Risky Business'

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The more we learn about mental health issues, the more we can help educate others. The seriousness and the costliness of the issue demand year-round attention.

"A mental health problem shouldn't just be defined by a diagnosis but it is often only then that an intervention is triggered".

May 8 to 14 is Mental Health Awareness Week, an important week for all of us as a recent report, commissioned by the Mental Health Foundation, revealed that only 13% of those studied reported living with high levels of good mental health, with almost two-thirds of people say that they have experienced a mental health problem; this figure rises to seven in every 10 women, young adults aged 18-34 and people living alone.

One of our flagship programmes Healthy Me is aimed at children and explores emotional/mental health, healthy lifestyle choices and pathways to effective support through imaginative and interactive play and song.

According to the National Alliance on Mental Illness, in one year approximately one in 25 American adults experience a serious mental illness that impacts a person's daily activity in a minor or major way.

This is particularly important as the nation grapples with health care policy and Republicans attempt to repeal the Affordable Care Act - colloquially known as Obamacare.

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GETTYTwo in five of those surveyed believe they have experienced depression in their lives

Take action on mental health issues in our community. In addition, Medicaid funding would be slashed, further diminishing mental health care.

This bill's goal will make it mandatory for primary care providers to receive mental health assessment and training to be required as part of continuing education requirements prior to receiving license renewal.

People experience symptoms of mental illnesses differently - and some engage in potentially unsafe or risky behaviors to avoid or cover up symptoms of a potential mental health problem.

Having a small amount of mental health expertise in each school may be helpful, but it will not solve the problem. A study from the World Health Organization estimates that the cost of mental health treatment is outweighed fourfold in terms of increased production and improved physical health.

Mind Your Own Mind, LLC is presenting a Women's Mental Health Symposium on May 20, focused on teaching women the importance of self-care, how stress affects your mental health, understanding mental health and mental illness, and identifying mental illness.

"Children and young people may need help with a wide range of issues at different points in their lives". And we don't need a special month to remind us of that. Mental Health Month works not just because it is about what others can do for us, but what we can do for ourselves.

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