'2.2m Nepalis suffer from mental health disorder' - Capital



He added: "We now need to consider collectively what else social media platforms, which have expanded faster than regulations' ability to respond, need to do to help stem the tide of mental ill health in this country and others, or at least help pick up the pieces".

"So just as I knew I had to be strong and fit to deal with the physical demands of the training, I think we should be making it easier for athletes to deal with the mental strain, too", she said.

In such an environment, it is imperative to spread awareness about mental illness by talking about it more often and holding discussions.

Mental health disorders are on the rise with 80% of people with any form of mental or substance use disorder in India and China not seeking treatment, a new report on mental health released by Lancet Commission says.


This plea was made on Wednesday at the commemoration of the World Mental Health Day.

"From the study that we did previous year, over 69% of people felt like their managers had responded negatively when they did disclose their mental illness, which I think affects people coming out".

"In both sport and society, it is vital that we work towards creating the most positive mental health environment whenever possible".

Mental health planner at the Ministry of Health Karline Brathwaite said, "This is the start of something new and incredible, with a host of stakeholders".

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WHO, in its recommendations, called for the integration of mental health into primary healthcare.

"There are few greater examples than the injustices facing those with mental health conditions".

Globally, "depression is one of the leading causes of illness and disability among adolescents" with suicide being the third leading cause of death in 15 to 19-year-olds, noted the WHO.

"A child can suffer huge stress due to small reasons like getting scolded or bullied in school, disputes between parents and even day-to-day pressure like forcing for a haircut", said Dr Arjun Raj Kunwar, child and adolescent psychiatrist at Kanti Children's Hospital. For many, these can be times of stress and anxiety, and these feelings can lead to serious mental illness if they are not recognised and managed in time.

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Half of all mental illness begins by the age of 14, but most cases go undetected and untreated.

"Suicide is the most extreme and visible symptom of the larger mental health emergency we are so far failing to adequately address".

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