In conjunction with World Mental Health Day on October 10th, our world-renowned psychiatrist Prof Swaran Singh appeared on American News TV to speak about Mental Health issues and the stigma attached to it.
You can view the video clip below:
In this 3 minute clip from CCTV, America starts with the newsreader stating that “the global cost of mental health is 2.5 trillion dollars.
One statistics that the Professor reveals is that “1 in 4 people will suffer from one of these disorders at some point in their life”, he underlines the importance of early treatment of mental illness and the reasons why people may not seek help and suffer the illness as well as the consequences without treatment.
He goes on to say that one of the many problems facing those suffering with mental illness is the external and internal stigma of admitting that one has a problem. The other is the belief that mental illness is “progressive and incurable”, something that Prof Singh dismisses saying “we have very effective treatments for all mental disorders, ranging from talk therapies, …counselling and psychotherapy, to medication”. He attributes this is to commonly held myths and misinformation people may have acquired from unreliable sources.
If you do suffer from mental health issues do not suffer in silence and contact the appropriate services that may be able to assist.