Statement by the People’s Party of Somalia for World Mental Health Day / Bayaan kasoo baxay Xisbiga Ummadda oo ku Aadan Maalinta Xanuunada dhimirka caalamka 

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Statement by the People’s Party of Somalia for World Mental Health Day / Bayaan kasoo baxay Xisbiga Ummadda oo ku Aadan Maalinta Xanuunada dhimirka caalamka 

October 10, 2018| Arlaadi Online

The People’s Party, today issued the following statement on World Mental Health Day:

Today, Wednesday, October 10, 2018 is being commemorated as World Mental Health Day and the People’s Party of Somalia on this occasion would like to congratulate all mental health workers in Somalia.

The World Health Organisation (WHO), lists wars, poverty, depression, drug abuse, stress and anxiety as some of the leading causes of mental illness.

The Organization again indicates that half of all mental illness begins by the age of 14 and has, therefore, highlighted the need to help young people build mental resilience from an early age to enable them to cope with challenges of today’s world.

With about 70% of Somalia’s  population under the age of 30, the focus on the youth in this year’s Mental Health Day celebration which is under the theme: “Young People and Mental Health in a Changing World,” is thus timely. 

In the face of the overwhelming number of Somali youth without employment, coupled with harsh economic conditions which forms part of the triggers of youth vulnerability to mental distress, it is important to safeguard the future of our country by protecting the mental health of the youth to enable them contribute meaningfully to the socio-economic development of Somalia as they make up a greater percentage of the country’s workforce.

People’s Party is thus, adding its voice to call for more attention to be paid to mental health in Somalia. The following needs to be done:

Set up a Mental Health Fund

The government must provide adequate resources to all mental health centers across the country. Double up job creation efforts to curb youth unemployment in order to reduce mental health triggers. 

A collaboration between the Ministry of healthFederal Government of Somalia, Civil Society Organisations (CSOs) and the media to educate the public on mental health issues.

Ahmed Nuur Arlaadi

Interim Chairman of People’s Party of Somalia

Arladun@hotmail.com

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