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Faggan Singh Kulaste, also MoS Health, said: "As a community, we must collectively create and spread awareness about mental health disorders and treatment available".

At Kaiser Permanente, total health includes mind, body and spirit - with the understanding that physical health and mental health are closely connected.

At last week's Conservative conference, the health secretary Jeremy Hunt said mental health was 'a personal priority for our new prime minister" and implied it would no longer be "a second class citizen in the NHS'. Research indicates these stereotypes can pose a "significant barrier to care for many individuals with mental illness".

Mr Dick said mental health issues affected one in five people in the community each year, and would affect one in two at some stage in their lives.

The theme of this year's World Mental Health Day is "mental health and social harmony'".

"We need to follow in their footsteps and work together to keep challenging the stigmas which continue to overshadow people's mental health".

Despite the tremendous amount of work that remains to be done to improve mental health treatment in the country, the Health Ministry will attempt to offer better services for people with mental health illnesses through inter-sector collaboration.

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It's something Aftercare's Christina Waldron would like you to think about during Mental Health Week.

Simply talking through your problems can be incredibly comforting and will help you figure what your next course of action should be.

Ms Waldron said mental health services needed improvement across the Maranoa, which was another issue she wanted to highlight next week. "We need to respond when a persons begins to show suicidal behaviour and not react after he has committed it", he said.

"We will only make headway when employers value mental health as they do physical health".

"What is alarming from these findings is the widespread stigma young people are now seeing or experiencing from others that is making them less likely to seek professional help". It's time we speak up and help those around us who are caged by their inner demons.

One doesn't choose to have a mental illness just as one doesn't choose to have any other medical condition.

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