The World Federation for Mental Health envisions a world in which mental health is a priority for all people. Public policies and programs reflect the crucial importance of mental health in the lives of individuals.
Published: Feb 14, 2017 6:18 a.m. ET
Young workers today report higher rates of depression than any other generation
A growing body of research suggests that young workers are increasingly adding mental health days to their personal days, and young women are particularly at risk.
Millennials report higher rates of depression than any other generation and are now the biggest sector of the workforce, creating new challenges in work culture and mental health treatment. And they’re not alone: Recent research shows depression is becoming more prevalent in younger women. Between 2005 and 2014 the number of depressed teens jumped by more than half a million, three-fourths of which were teenage girls according to a recent study in the journal Pediatrics. These mental health struggles are extending themselves into the workplace, with millennial women far more likely than their male counterparts to experience burn out and depression.
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SINGAPORE: The Government will provide more support for people with disabilities and those with mental health conditions in this year’s Budget.
In his Budget statement delivered on Monday (Feb 20), Finance Minister Heng Swee Keat emphasised the need for everyone to build an inclusive society.
“All of us can play a part in our communities,” he said. “All of us have something to offer, be it time, expertise or the extra attention, to care for each other.”
To that end, he announced a number of initiatives aimed to help those with disabilities and mental health conditions.
**JUST ANNOUNCED** Theme of World Mental Health Day is 'Mental Health and the Workplace'!!
The WFMH World Congress on Mental Health 2017 will be held in New Delhi, India.
Please go to www.wfmhIndia.com for more information.
WONCA is the World Organization of Family Doctors, representing over 550,000 family doctors in 150 countries and territories.
The WONCA Fellowship is WONCA's most prestigious award. It is awarded to individuals who have rendered outstanding service to the WONCA organization and is awarded every two years at meetings of the WONCA World Council.
The award has been awarded to Professor Gabby Ivbijaro for his long service to WONCA, including time as the Chair of the WONCA Working Party on Mental Health, and for his services to mental health services generally, and in particular to mental health services at community level.
The final version of the new Charter on the Inclusion of Persons with Disabilities in Humanitarian Action is available on the Internet: humanitariandisabilitycharter.org.
The Charter was drawn up by some 70 organizations and agencies before the UN’s first World Humanitarian Summit in Istanbul (23/24 May 2016), to draw attention to the need to include people with disabilities in responses to humanitarian emergencies. Their special requirements are often overlooked.
The Charter asks providers of humanitarian assistance in emergencies to be fully inclusive of people with disabilities in their policies, planning and services. They should alert their staff members to the diverse needs of persons with disabilities, and include them or their organizations’ representatives in decision-making and planning.
The Charter is not a legally binding document and does not affect current obligations, but it is an important new statement of principles. Its website includes an easy way for governments and organizations to endorse its provisions.
WFMH's President, Gabriel Ivbijaro, is invited to become a contributor to the Huffington Post; Click the logo for his first contributions
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