Since her diagnosis, the actress has been involved in actively spreading awareness about mental illness, including founding the Live Love Laugh Foundation to promote mental health care.
'But we need to do more to challenge the stigma that people with mental ill-health face and make sure they feel they can reach out for help.
"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. They said the scope of the issues are on par with the many physical ailments affecting millions worldwide.
United Kingdom journalist Hattie Gladwell initiated a Twitter thread with the hashtag detailing 'Things people have said about my mental illness.' The thread went viral, and exposed us to the kind of comments those suffering with mental illness had heard.
Measures to help top British athletes deal with mental health issues are being introduced by UK Sport and the English Institute of Sport (EIS). Though the report acknowledged India's efforts to get in place the landmark mental health care bill in 2017 entitling people with mental disorders to access comprehensive medical and social care services in community settings, it said the quality of care continues to be poor for mental health patients. One such discussion was held on Twitter earlier this year during May, which is considered as Mental Health Month.
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For the fiscal year 2018/19, Nepal government has allocated 4.29 percent of its total budget for health and population, but according to the State Minister for Health and Population Dr Surendra Kumar Yadav, the budget is not enough to offer basic health services, let alone mental health. Anybody can visit a psychiatrist and psychologist; we should break the stereotype that only people with the mental disorder can visit one. "It's time we should change the perception", adds Dr Desousa.