Second annual Hope 1 in 5 Marathon raises awareness of mental health

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Mayor Dorothy Hubbard signed a proclamation Tuesday declaring May Mental Health Month. The seriousness and the costliness of the issue demand year-round attention. Mental health disorders are characterized by WHO as "some combination of abnormal thoughts, emotions, behaviour and relationships with others". There are effective treatments and supports for all mental illnesses.

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. Topics will include a gold standard for workplace mental health best practices, the business case for mental health, addressing provider shortages and access barriers, and tech-enabled approaches to brain health. In addition, Medicaid funding would be slashed, further diminishing mental health care.

Our child, adolescent and formative years see the greatest changes occur within our bodies and minds, and whilst we do welcome the increase in efforts within schools and government, we believe much more can be done.

"But mental health is much more hard to consider from a risk perspective due to the difficulties posed by pre-existing health conditions, less evident risks and potentially longer-term consequences".

Second annual Hope 1 in 5 Marathon raises awareness of mental health
Second annual Hope 1 in 5 Marathon raises awareness of mental health

It's important to remember that mental health is essential to everyone's overall health. An annual report on the state of the nation's mental health also forms part of its proposals.

Mr Burns heard from Port Lincoln and Eyre Peninsula residents to hear about what was needed for mental health services to help create a Mental Health Strategic Plan for the state. 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.

In a report released this week, it said that just 13 per cent of people report living in good mental health, with younger people suffering more because of issues ranging from job insecurities, low incomes and living alone. Socioeconomic, biological and environmental factors all play a role in mental health "An environment that respects and protects basic civil, political, socio-economic and cultural rights is fundamental to mental health promotion".

"Children and young people may need help with a wide range of issues at different points in their lives". We need to speak up early and educate people about risky behavior and its connection to mental illness-and do so in a compassionate, judgement-free way.




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