mental health

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.

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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Rohingya refugees receiving mental health first aid

As Rohingya refugees continue to pour into neighbouring Bangladesh, one UN agency is taking steps to address their psychological well-being.

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Rohingya women have “lived through real horrors:” UNFPA

Safe spaces for Rohingya women and girls seeking sanctuary in Bangladesh are already full to capacity.

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UN and Africa: focus on South Sudan peace process, mental health in Somalia and Sudan's child soldiers

Engagement of regional countries “good thing” for South Sudan peace process

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Somali health professionals grapple with mental health stigma

Many Somalis commonly called “crazy” are actually suffering from mental illness, often brought on by years of conflict and loss.

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Good mental health is key “foundation” to implement SDGs

Improving mental health across the world is one of the “foundations” for achieving the Sustainable Development Goals (

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Africans “yet to understand the meaning of autism”

African societies have yet to understand what “autism” means according to Uganda’s Ambassador to the UN.

Richard Nduhuura said that generating awareness about autism across the continent, was an important step towards removing stigma surrounding it.

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