Mental Health in the Workplace conference takes place at County Hall, Maidstone

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Whatever we do and whatever decisions we take, it is our mind which is constantly at work.

"We gave an overview of what mental health actually is, looking at the stigma around mental health and challenging that".

Countries at the summit are expected to support a global declaration to achieve equity for mental health, marking the first time national governments have made a joint pledge to put mental health on an equal footing with physical health. It was initially started by the World Federation for Mental Health.

However, only 11% of the money given to the NHS by the government is now spent on dealing with mental health issues.

This year's theme is "Young people and mental health in a changing world". "If mental health issues are tackled as soon as they occur, they may not degenerate to mental illnesses", he said. Adolescence and the early years of adulthood are a time of life when many changes occur, For many, these are exciting times but they can also be times of stress and apprehension.

Being active can work wonders for your mental health.

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In the DHCC, close to 30 clinical partners offer services in mental health issues that affect children and adults alike. But for many, these feelings can overwhelm them up to a point where their ability to manage stress, cope with change, or maintain relationships is affected. It could be that they have entered college, have started a job for the first time or are living overseas alone. When a young person often feels anxious or worried; has frequent stomachaches or headaches with no physical explanation; experiences difficulty with sleep, loses interest in things they once enjoyed doing; isolates themselves; has trouble in school or their grades begin to decline; feels exhausted, lacks energy or is disconnected; fears weight gain, constantly exercises, or develops unusual food consumption; or engages in risky, destructive behavior, including drinking, smoking, or other drug use.

TV presenter Anna Richardson and former Labour spin doctor and author Alastair Campbell feature in the campaign among others who have faced mental health difficulties.

"Some teenagers may actually pass verbal hints by talking about death and dying directly or indirectly, they may talk about wanting to die and begin to dispose of much-loved possessions, and they may write a suicide note".

"Most people with depression are not suicidal, but most suicidal people are depressed", says Dr Sebolelo Seape, chairperson of PsychMG. "The youth are the future of our country and we need to act to prevent the devastating consequences of them losing their hope for the future", Seape said.

World Mental Health Day is organised by the World Health organisation and aims to raise awareness around mental health issues. So, let's talk about our mental health and look after it by fitting regular activity into our daily lives and walk, run, dance or swim our way to better health and wellbeing.

"The Mental Health Unit is cognizant of the importance of educating persons about mental health, and continues to promote good mental health in school settings as well as through monthly outreach sessions".

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