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The good mental health of employees is not only socially responsible, but makes business sense too. Equally, teachers need to be supported with their own mental health throughout their career.

A mental health advocate in California, who has recently been awarded by the State Senate, said on Wednesday that her priority now is to help raise the awareness of mental illnesses among young Chinese Americans. The whole month of October is also dedicated to mental health awareness.

President Ram Nath Kovind has warned of a mental health epidemic in India but despite this grim reality a mere ten percent of those who require mental healthcare can avail it. Compounding the crisis is the stigma those with mental health conditions suffer from their fellow citizens.

He said suicide was the second leading cause of death among people in the age group of 15-29.

He said the burden of mental illness had risen dramatically worldwide in the past 25 years, partly due to societies ageing and more children surviving into adolescence, yet "no country is investing enough" to tackle the problem.

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"From a Government standpoint my Ministry is steadily moving closer towards a long term residential mental health facility that will allow persons to benefit from such treatment on island, surrounded by their family and friends", added Seymour. I used to think this was my biggest battle, and personally it is. Less than one percent of global aid is donated to mental health; even in developed countries, the issue is dismissed. Many more people - one in four, in fact - will have mental health issues at some point in their lives. Main triggers include relationship problems, family issues, abuse, loss or grief and trauma, while other contributing factors include exam stress, substance abuse, bullying, learning difficulties, financial issues and chronic illness.

Heather Dunn is the Coordinator of "Ending the Silence", a program sponsored by NAMI (National Alliance on Mental Illness).

The UN chief reiterated the UN's commitment to creating a world where everyone, everywhere has someone to turn to in support of their mental health by 2030. "Without people there is no business, so workplaces should facilitate interpersonal connection - for example, break-out areas and dedicated collaboration spaces help to avoid feeling isolated, and voluntary work can be a powerful and satisfying activity that is dually beneficial".

U.S. Politician Bernie Sanders echoed these sentiments from his personal Twitter account, writing, "As a nation (the U.S) must fix our broken healthcare system and give mental behavioral healthcare the attention and resources they deserve".

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