Mental health disorders around the world predicted to cost trillions

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Mental health disorders are on the rise in every country in the world and could cost the global economy up to $16 trillion between 2010 and 2030 if a collective failure to respond is not addressed, according to an expert report released Tuesday.

The chairman of the Nigerian Psychological Association, Federal Capital Territory Chapter, Dr Emmanuel Alhassan, in a statement to mark this year's World Mental Health Day, which comes up tomorrow, October 10th said if mental health issues are tackled as soon as they occur, they may not degenerate to mental illnesses. This day, each October, thousands of supporters come to celebrate this annual awareness program to bring attention to mental illness and its major effects on peoples' life worldwide.

Affective disorders affect 6% of the population every year, while substance use disorders affect 5%.

According to WHO, "For many, these are exciting times".

"Most people with depression are not suicidal, but most suicidal people are depressed, hence the importance of knowing the symptoms of depression", she said.

She also kicked against the idea of relocating the Accra Psychiatric Hospital from its present location, adding that all the hospital needs is an ultra-modern facility that enhances mental health service.

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Research into causes, prevention and treatment of mental illness and suicide is vital to reduce these figures. Lack of treatment, in turn, also often leads to disability and lack of self-sufficiency.

It called for a human rights-based approach to ensure that people with mental health conditions are not denied fundamental human rights, including access to employment, education and other core life experiences.

Over the last decade, nearly five times as many students have disclosed a mental health condition to their university compared with 10 years ago. That's why it's so important to talk about what's going on and seek support early.

"This could include informal life lessons, talking about issues and problems and how to deal with them, role modelling healthy emotional behaviour, as well as formal life skills or psychosocial support if needed", she said. Yet, those struggling with mental health problems are still being marginalised, ' Guterres said. This conference will show where employers and employees can go to get advice and support. For example, children with conduct disorder are twice more likely to drop out of school, four times more likely to become addicted to drugs and twenty times more likely to end up in jail. "And we can give the mental wellbeing of our children the priority it so profoundly deserves", she is expected to say.

Professor Kay-Lambkin also sits on the panel with director and chief scientist at Black Dog Institute Scientia Professor Helen Christensen, and Professor Patrick McGorry, executive director of Orygen, the National Centre of Excellence in Youth Mental Health. Depression is the most common, being projected to have affected 170,000 adults. Also, almost two-thirds (65%) said they would feel uncomfortable asking for a mental health sick day - with embarrassment being the top reason cited, followed by not liking to take time off work and not wanting to let colleagues down.

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