Coleman: new approach to tackle mental health system challenges

Drawing of a girl visibly happy but is suffering with depression. It shows the contrast between being sad and having depression

"One in five adults develop a mental health issue some time in their life", said Lisa Basci, of the Community Services Group, a Lancaster County-based company that also teaches mental health first aid in Western Pennsylvania.

While there has been a 60.82 percent increase in people using mental health services since 2007/08, in the same time period there has been a 28 percent increase in mental health funding. Additionally, states would be able to get waivers that could allow insurers to deny coverage for certain services, like mental health treatment. One important step would be to increase the funding for supports at colleges to levels that more closely align with the funding provided to high schools.

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The film screening is a celebration of young film talent as well as a recognition of National Children's Mental Health Awareness Day.

"Every child in Alberta deserves access to the mental health support that will help them live happy, healthy lives".

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The government would also be looking at mental health in the wider social context rather than just as a health issue and would be using data between government agencies.

"It removes the stigma for the everyday person, provides a layman's understanding of someone experiencing emotional distress and enables the person to be helpful, to interact with the individual and most importantly not be afraid", said Chris Michaels, NAMI Southwestern Pennsylvania's executive director.

She added that the PSA was sceptical about the "highly targeted nature of other social investment programmes put in place by this government".

That's to ensure the justice, health and welfare departments all worked together to make sure people are getting the right help. Most likely someone you know struggles or has a family member who struggles with and/or treats the symptoms of a mental health disorder.

Kirsty Schofield, course leader and senior lecturer in midwifery at Sheffield Hallam, suggested more clinicians should be qualified to deal with maternal and perinatal mental health due to demand.

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