May is designated as Mental Health Awareness Month

Posted May 06, 2017

"Our mental health affects every part of our life", Dr. Aron Halfin, chief medical officer of New Directions said.

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His comment came as he announced a new national improvement programme in mental health, which would target this country's overly high use of seclusion and other restrictive practices, and seek to standardise the medications prescribed for those with mental health conditions.

The Public Service Association said Dr Coleman's response to the mental health crisis showed no understanding about the topic or its seriousness. A small percentage of mentally ill individuals may become violent; however, according to the National Institutes of Health, people with a mental health diagnosis are 11 times more likely to be the victim of violence.

The Government increased Mental Health and Addictions funding from $1.096 billion in 2007/08 to $1.4 billion in 2015/16.

The toolkit is meant to teach and inspire people to take an active role in their mental health and well-being, and to support others.

A new course created to help nurses, midwives and health visitors to improve services for women with maternal mental health problems is to be launched later this year by Sheffield Hallam University.

"25 years ago I set up MHAGS - which runs a user-led day centre for people with mental health issues". They need community businesses who want to support the event through sponsorship, promotional opportunities, and participation from their employees.

"It removes the stigma for the everyday person, provides a layman's understanding of someone experiencing emotional distress and enables the person to be helpful, to interact with the individual and most importantly not be afraid", said Chris Michaels, NAMI Southwestern Pennsylvania's executive director.

According to prescribing trends, Northern Ireland has significantly higher levels of depression than the rest of the United Kingdom, with nearly 1 in 5 individuals showing signs of a possible mental health problem.

"Over the last decade demand for secondary mental health and addiction services has increased from 2.3 per cent to 3.6 per cent of the population, an increase from around 96,000 people, to nearly 168,000 people".

Much of that work will happen through the Government's "social investment" approach, which aims to use data to better identify where money should be spent, and if it makes enough difference. The $7.5m will be funded through DHBs, with a review after the first three years.