Lady Gaga's new film A Star Is Born may be a music industry melodrama at its surface, but it's also a movie with a serious message about mental health and a pivotal character death by suicide. This begs the question: is enough being done to help young South Africans battling with mental health issues? "In the United Kingdom and Australia, peer-to-peer education programs encourage young people to support one another".
WHO, in its recommendations, called for the integration of mental health into primary healthcare.
It also urged continuous training for primary healthcare workers to enable them detect and manage common mental health problems in community settings.
"A child can suffer enormous stress due to small reasons like getting scolded or bullied in school, disputes between parents and even day-to-day pressure like forcing for a haircut", said Dr Arjun Raj Kunwar, child and adolescent psychiatrist at Kanti Children's Hospital.
Mental health problem among children and youth remains a neglected sector globally. The usual onset of a mental illness is early adulthood (19 to 23-years-old).
"In the African region, it is estimated that 5 per cent of the population aged below 15 years, suffer from a mental disorder".
This year's theme is "Young people and mental health in a changing world".
Mental health issues signify disorders that affect mood, thinking and behaviour of an individual due to depression, anxiety, schizophrenia and even eating disorders and addictive behaviours.
Other factors identified as compounding stress in adolescents are the expanding online technologies which undoubtedly bring many benefits, but can also exert additional pressure when people feel the need to be constantly connected.
Like most low and middle income countries, Zimbabwe puts people with mental health problems in hospitals, rather than treating them in the community, says Professor Dixon Chibanda of the University of Zimbabwe - one of the country's handful of trained psychiatrists. For more information or professional help, visit their website. "Yet despite the universality of the issue, we struggle to talk about it openly or to offer adequate care or resources".