mental health

Negative treatment of migrants ‘detrimental’ to society at large: UN human rights expert

Mental health, “is not about how the brain works, it’s about relationships.” That’s one observation from UN Special Rapporteur on the right to health, Dainius Pūras, detailing the psychological effects of lacking family unity for children separated from their migrant parents.  Mr. Pūras spoke with UN News's Natalie Hutchison.

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Start nurturing your mental health ‘at an early age’ urges UN chief

Worldwide, it is estimated that one in five adolescents experience mental health challenges, though most remain underdiagnosed and undertreated. Marking Mental Health Day on Wednesday, the UN World Health Organization (WHO) is focusing on the psychological well-being of young people aged 10 to 14, to stave off conditions that can impact their lives deep into adulthood.

PODCAST: For effective suicide prevention, we must ‘break the taboo’

The World Health Organization (WHO) reports that about 800,000 people died in 2016 by their own hand, mostly in low- and middle-income countries. In this episode of our Lid is On podcast, Yasmina Guerda spoke to WHO’s focal point for suicide prevention, Dr. Alexandra Fleischmann, and to Sheilla Akwara, a singer from Kenya and suicide survivor, now working with youth to share messages of hope.

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Inactivity puts physical and mental health of more than 1.4 billion adults at risk, says WHO

Insufficient physical activity is a leading risk factor for non-communicable disease, negatively impacting mental health and overall quality of life, according to a newly released United Nations health agency study.

News in Brief 06 June 2018

  • ‘First and very important step’ taken to allow return of Rohingya refugees
  • Massive scale-up of mental health resources needed to meet development targets
  • UN rights experts condemn China’s 5-year prison sentence for Tibetan activist
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Mental health ‘neglected issue’ but key to achieving Global Goals, say UN chiefs

Mental health remains one of the most neglected global health issues, even though it is critical to the achievement of the 2030 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) adopted by world leaders, top United Nations officials have said at an event in London.

Australia’s offshore processing policy for refugees has taken huge toll, warns senior UNHCR official

Asylum seekers bound for Australia have been left mentally scarred by years of detention on Pacific islands, senior UN Refugee Agency (UNHCR) official Indrika Ratwatte said on Wednesday. 

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