Untreated mental health problems cost us all

That’s why I applaud Orange County Mayor Teresa Jacobs’ creation of the Youth Mental Health Commission, which held its first meeting Monday. Jacobs set up the commission for several reasons. She had seen incidents of violence among troubled youth. She heard the pleas of families who didn’t know where else to turn.
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Mental Health Study: Substance Abuse and Mental Disorders Kill More People Than HIV, Diabetes

Australian and American researchers have discovered that disorders relating to depression have the largest percentage of 40 per cent of global death. Even mild mental health problems could have health implications (Reuters) Related Articles Back from the Dead: Australian Woman Escapes Death as Doctors Revive Her After 42 Minutes [VIDEO] Young girls and women over 14 years of age were usually the victims. Data taken from the 2010 Global Burden of Disease Study (GBD) showed that mental illness and drug abuse were the ones to blame for non-fatal diseases in the whole world. The study took data from 187 countries and found mental illness and drug abuse to be the fifth biggest cause of death. Taking care of your mental health Mental health is described as a state of well-being in which a person is able to acknowledge his or her own capability in dealing with the normal challenges and stresses that life will bring. A person is said to be in good mental health when despite these stresses, he or she is able to be productive and contribute to betterment of the community. Mental health is disrupted when an individual gives in to stress and becomes incapable of coping. Must Read Miranda Kerr Flashes Naked Breasts for V Magazine [PHOTOS] Sponsorship Link According to health experts, an essential key to coping with stress is through the method of relaxation. Having the time to relax is as important part in having a balanced mind and body. If the current situation cannot be handled, there is a need to change it in order to reduce or remove stress. A change in lifestyle or attitude is in order. People with sound minds and bodies are people who are capable of having a strong resistance to stress. They can also easily adapt and have a positive outlook on things. A person who is unhealthy will only be easily irritated on the daily routine and will only prolong his agony and exposure to objects that will bring stress. Improving one’s general health includes developing a diet program and optimal sleep schedule. There is a need for rest as the body will be the most affected by stress, thereby ensuring good mental health. To contact the editor, e-mail:
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Mental and Substance Disorders Major Cause of Nonfatal Illnesses

Although drug and alcohol dependence was more common among men, the study revealed that females aged 10 and up had a greater burden of death and disease from mental disorders than males. Only China, North Korea, Japan and Nigeria had burdens of death and disease from mental and substance abuse disorders that were significantly lower than the global average. “Mental and substance use disorders are major contributors to the global burden of disease and their contribution is rising, especially in developing countries. Cost-effective interventions are available for most disorders but adequate financial and human resources are needed to deliver these interventions,” study leader Harvey Whiteford, of the Queensland Centre for Medical Health Research at the University of Queensland in Australia, said in a journal news release. “Despite the personal and economic costs, treatment rates for people with mental and substance use disorders are low, and even in developed countries, treatment is typically provided many years after the disorder begins,” Whiteford pointed out. “In all countries, stigma about mental and substance use disorders constrain the use of available resources as do inefficiencies in the distribution of funding and interventions. If the burden of mental and substance use disorders is to be reduced, mental health policy and services research will need to identify more effective ways to provide sustainable mental health services, especially in resource-constrained environments,” he concluded.
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Child mental-health commission launches six-month study

And then we pay for it in terms of what our community will become if we don’t address the problem.” The commission will meet over the next six months to create a blueprint for improving the system of care. Jacobs wants its report by January in order to appeal to state lawmakers for legislative changes and funding. The problem is extensive, officials testified. About 9,600 kids in Orange and Osceola counties have a diagnosed mental-health disorder, the Florida Department of Children and Families reports, and 5,000 are being treated for drug or alcohol addiction. Each year, about 20 percent of the nation’s youth will suffer some form of mental illness.
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