Professor Vikram Patel, one of the Commission's editors, said that mental health "is the foundation of human capability that makes each life worthwhile and meaningful". Globally, more than one billion people live with a mental illness, but provision varies radically according to where you live.
Destigmatising mental health is a sure way of showing the humane side of the Jamaican society, Health Minister Dr Christopher Tufton said in his comments to mark World Mental Health Day, celebrated each year on October 10.
Launched as part of World Mental Health Day, "Jason McAteer; Through the Storm" takes a powerful look into the world of mental health and challenges the associated stigma of speaking up through personal accounts, both on and off the pitch.
In July, the father of British snowboarder Ellie Soutter said a history of mental health issues - coupled with the pressure of elite performance - may have contributed to her ending her life in Les Gets in the French Alps.
While some of the costs will be the direct costs of healthcare and medicines or other therapies, most are indirect - in the form of loss of productivity, and spending on social welfare, education and law and order, said the report's co-lead author Vikram Patel. Our campaign helps you to protect and improve your own mental health, and help others.do the same.
They explained that the adolescence and the early years of adulthood are a time of change- moving schools, leaving home, and starting work.
The harmful use of alcohol and illicit drugs among adolescents were also identified as contributing to risky behaviours such as violence, unsafe sex and dangerous driving.
"Suicide is the most extreme and visible symptom of the larger mental health emergency we are so far failing to adequately address".
Against this background, Wheeler said greater efforts must be made to "help young people build mental resilience".
The governor explained that people with mental health problems deserve love, care, understanding and support. People go for a physical health check-up regularly but mental health is always neglected.
"As a government, we have delineated our health system for easy appreciation of the roles required by all stakeholders in the sector".
It is widely accepted worldwide that mental health issues become evident in someone around the age of 14 years, but it takes up to about 10 years to show the full manifestation. "Yet despite the universality of the issue, we struggle to talk about it openly or to offer adequate care or resources".