We can not afford to wait five years, which feels like a lifetime to a young child. The neighbour that we can look out for because they have no family, the person who is unable to work through illness, the child at school who has conditions such as ADHD, dyspraxia and other disabilities which mean they need out understanding and support.
"World Mental Health Day provides a fantastic platform to focus on this very important area that doesn't always get the attention it should", she said.
"The Government needs to take this hidden condition far more seriously".
At yesterday's event, funding constraints for mental health in Ghana came up strongly, with stakeholders lamenting the low investment in an area where the Mental Health Authority past year said about four million Ghanaians were suffering from mild mental illness.
"The lack of resources to deal with this issue is another example of a false economy brought about austerity".
She is also today highlighting the issue as part of the YEP's #SpeakYourMind campaign, which aims to break down stigma surrounding mental health. According to the Guardian op-ed, despite some improvements in communities around the world, there's still a long way to go. He said that changing dynamics of society with increasing culture of nuclear family/ disturbed family/ higher divorce rates lead to mental health issues in youth.
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"I feel Chinese people now are more open to talking about mental illnesses, which is progress", said Peng.
One of the most risky things about mental-health issues is the stigma and secrecy surrounding it, he said.
As a result, mentally ill people were increasing on the streets of Accra because patients were being asked to contribute to their care.
They are likely to debate the findings of a new report from WHO, which states that mental health should be explicitly included in global policy as mental health problems kill more young people than any other cause worldwide.
Many places in the United Kingdom are starting to recognise the importance of this research and starting to change the game but we still have so far to go.
Dr. Sands was addressing the opening of a one-day World Mental Health Day Symposium at the University of the Bahamas, during which stories, ideas and programmes are shared to help the next generation.