The rate of suicides in young people between the ages of 15-19 is increasing in Sri Lanka, a result of substance abuse and subsequent mental health issues, experts said last week. “Most people suffer from mental health illnesses at some point in their lives. In such a background, it is mandatory to treat mental illness with the same respect we show physical illness and take proper preventative action,” the Mental Health Director noted. “Lack of leisure time, failure to engage in physical activity are also contributing factors to increase mental illness among the young,” she added. Academic stress could also lead to a breakdown in mental health, the experts noted.
Source: Sunday Observer October 06, 2018 19:07 UTC