"Suicide is the most extreme and visible symptom of the larger mental health emergency we are so far failing to adequately address", she wrote in an op-ed for The Guardian, co-authored by Dr Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, the director-general of the World Health Organisation.
NAN reports that World Mental Health Day is observed on October 10 every year, with the overall objective of raising awareness of mental health issues around the world and mobilising efforts in support of mental health.
Its 'Do You See What I See?' campaign challenges perceptions about mental illness in Australia and encourages everyone to look at mental health in a more positive light, in an effort to reduce stigma and make way for more people to seek the help and support they deserve.
World Mental Health Day is an annual event created to promote worldwide mental health education, awareness and advocacy, particularly against the social stigma that many people with mental health issues face.
One in five adolescents experience mental and behavioural problems in any given year.
It reported that around 4,500 people take their own life each year in England, with suicide remaining one of the leading causes of death for men under 45. It is only when we understand the problem better that we will be able to solve it.
"A healthy mind is every bit as important as a healthy body, but the stigma associated with mental health issues is often a huge factor is preventing those struggling, from seeking the right kind of help and support. You don't have to be an worldwide artist or the head of the World Health Organization (WHO) to make an impact".
"That is why the Liberal Democrats would ensure all young people can access Children and Adolescent Mental Health Services up to the age of 25, rather than 18 or 16".
"Instead of treating those facing mental health conditions with the compassion we would offer to someone with a physical injury or illness, we ostracize, blame and condemn", the essay continued, adding that funding to help mental illness around the world is terribly low.
"Mental health is something that fluctuates throughout a lifetime and with more support it makes people more functional".
While there has been some progress, the authors urge governments to do more, writing that "mental health now receives less than 1 per cent of global aid".
Jo Loughran, Interim Director of Time to Change, said: "We know it can be hard to talk about mental health, which is why we're supporting employers to open up; to talk and to listen". The global meet on mental health is jointly organized by the U.K. Government, the World Health Organization and the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD).