The minister maintained that trend of suicide was highly deplorable in the world especially in Pakistan.
The Alliance for Mental Health and Development, a group of Civil Society Organizations (CSOs) in mental health, has called on government to decriminalize the law on suicide attempts and channel resources towards its prevention.
She said that patients of mental health deserve special attention.
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The Doctor Commentaries will feature discussions about relevant scenes from HBO Shows with clinical psychologist and mental health champion, Dr. Ali Mattu, who will share his insights from a mental health perspective.
In an effort to raise awareness around mental health, HBO will introduce It's OK, an initiative that aims to destigmatize mental illness and encourage conversation around mental health issues. Among the survey responders, 61 percent said that their productivity at work was affected by their mental health.
"Too many families have waited too long for the mental health services they require for themselves, and for their children". Nearly half (47 per cent) of men with a mental health condition have never raised it at work, compared to 43 per cent of female sufferers. This can create a vicious circle where staff start to underperform, which only compounds their private struggles with mental health.
"This is consistent with scientific research that has shown that the workplace can actually independently cause or exacerbate existing mental health conditions", the report says.
Policymakers have spoken of "parity of esteem" between mental and physical health and the research suggests employers are alert to the growing focus on wellbeing. Fully three quarters (76 per cent) said they would be happy for an employee to talk to them about their mental health concerns. Of the employers surveyed, half (51 per cent) said their company offers training in how to spot and deal with potential mental health problems among their team - although 17 per cent admitted their scheme was not effective.