United Kingdom appoints suicide minister as global experts announce international mental health crisis
If left unaddressed, mental illness is set to cost the global economy $16 trillion by 2030.
On October 10, World Mental Health Day, the UK became the first country in the world to appointment a minster for suicide prevention. The position was given to the countryâs current minister for healthâ"a conservative MP called Jackie Doyle-Price.âWe can end the stigma that has forced too many to suffer in silence,â said British prime minister Theresa May. âWe can prevent the tragedy of suicide taking too many lives.â
Suicide is an increasingly important health issue on a global scale. On the same day as the position was announced, 28 global experts assembled by The Lancetâ"a weekly medical journalâ"at a global health summit in London, said that mental health is an international issue. If left unaddressed, itâs s et to cost the global economy $16 trillion by 2030. The experts emphasized the global collective failure to address the severity of the mental health crisis âresults in monumental loss of human capabilities and avoidable suffering.â
Psychological disorders have âdramatically risenâ around the world in the last 25 years, according to Dr. Vikram Patel of Harvard Medical School, who was one of the experts behind The Lancetâs findings. Patel described the global mental health situation as âextremely bleak,â chiming with a recent World Health Organization report stating it should be explicitly included in global policy as suicide kills more young people than any other cause worldwide.
In the face of such a global threat, the announcement of a UK minster for suicide prevention was welcomed by most, but the news came with some backlash. Soon after Doyle-Price was named, reporters managed to dig up old jokes made by her to the MPâs local newspaper. Whe n asked if she would ever defect from her political party to a further-right leaning party, she replied, âIâd rather jump off Beachy Head.â Meant as a throw-away remark perhaps, Beachy Head is a notorious suicide spot in on the coast of South East England. Around 20 people a year die at the spot, and safety patrols have been set up to guard the spot. According to Sky News: âA Downing Street source said he was not aware of the comments, but added, âThere is a serious job she will be taking forward in this very important new positionâ.â
If you are worried about the issue of mental health or suicide The National Suicide Prevention Lifeline is a 24/7, toll-free hotline available to anyone in suicidal crisis or emotional distress is 1-800-273-TALK (8255) or visit suicidepreventionlifeline.orgSource: Google News United Kingdom | Netizen 24 United Kingdom