Why you should pay more attention to your mental health - Psychologists

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The new requirement is part of a law rushed through the state legislature after the February shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Fla.

"If you do say, 'Yes, my child has seen a counselor or a therapist or a psychologist, ' what does the school then do with that?" asked Laura Goodhue, who has a 9-year-old son on the autism spectrum and a 10-year-old son who has seen a psychologist. I think that's very important. "And I actually shared the story with a couple of mom friends of mine and said, 'Can you believe this is actually a thing?'"

Meanwhile the world's first long-term assessment of mental health effects from adolescents' late-night mobile use has shown some concerning results.

The psychologists said certain habits and the social stigma attached with seeking help or speaking to a mental health professional have predisposed and worsened mental health conditions in the country. "This must mean something" - more than it really means". Minorities tend to have less access to and availability of mental health services, and according to the National Association of Mental Illness, African-Americans and Hispanic Americans used mental health services at about half the rate of whites in the past year.

The charter was created past year to champion understanding and inclusion and to break down stereotypes surrounding mental illness. "But that's not the world we live in right now".

Strides Against Stigma was an emotional event for many who have lost loved ones to mental illness, but the tight-knit feel of the event brought hope and community to those in attendance.

Because it's not over yet - we still need to get this issue debated in parliament, and ultimately for the law to be changed.

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Some districts will share the information only with psychologists and administrators. Mr Price adds, "Taranaki DHB is also committed to supporting staff with any problems at work or at home and provides a free and confidential counselling service called the Employee Assistance Programme (EAP)". They should be encouraged to talk to their parents and close friends as well. "It's very hard and you feel alone, and NAMI is very good about making you know that there is hope, you are not alone and that recovery is the expectation for people".

The requirement has school districts anxious about more than just stigma.

"It could be social phobia, which is to worry about other people's perception and judgement and fears about performance or panic attacks or more general anxiety", she said.

Professor Kay-Lambkin said the focus of the mission - funded by the government's Medical Research Future Fund - would be to fund translational research, such as clinical trials for emerging treatment.

Dr Seape says the causes of depression and related mental illnesses in teenagers and young adults are multi-faceted: "There is the stressful nature of the teenage years - for some teenagers, the normal developmental changes of these years, such as bodily changes, new patterns of thoughts and feelings, can be unsettling and overwhelming".

Some of the Spark staff promises include, taking more time out for myself, spending more time fundraising to support our chosen charities and listening openly to family members. "I know that my organization is working to instill that awareness when people are young so that they know what it is and where to turn when they have to deal with it in life".

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