Message by the Chairman of the National Mental Health Commission
Fr. Marcus G. Lashley
Let me begin by expressing my sincere thanks to you on behalf of the entire Commission for your support during Mental Health Month. For the first time, we were able to place all of the Mental Health activities on the new website. I regret that your invitation to the opening service may have arrived somewhat late, but as we say ‘a good time was had by all.
On October 19th, we were delighted and honoured to have the Minister of Health present for our first sitting as a new Commission. In his brief presentation, he affirmed the work being done to bring Mental Health issues closer to the community and pledged his continued support. He was present with us again during our meeting November 16th to lend support as we outlined our plans for the new term of office.
WORLD MENTAL HEALTH DAY
- Depression is a common mental disorder. It affects more than 350 million people of all ages, in all communities.
- Depression is the leading cause of disability worldwide, and is a major contributor to the global burden of disease.
- More women are affected by depression than men.
- At its worst, depression can lead to suicide.
- There are effective treatments for depression.