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While there has been some progress, the authors urge governments to do more, writing that "mental health now receives less than 1 per cent of global aid".

Former Liverpool midfielder Jason McAteer has called on people affected by mental health issues to be courageous and reach out to people.

It urged African leaders to develop and strengthen evidence-based programmes for young people, with the support of national policymakers and programme managers.

"Similarly, lack of mental health centre for children is another challenge", said Dr Kunwar. There are not enough specialised hospitals or specialised psychiatric hospital beds for children and adolescents.

Depression was identified as the third leading cause of mental illnesses and disability among adolescents globally, while suicide is the second leading cause of death among 15-29-year-olds.

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Mental disorders are estimated to cost the global community almost $2.5 trillion each year - and those costs are increasing.

Corrigan said another reason why mental illness can be so costly is because it often affects younger people in their prime working years. "But factors such as financial problems, stress, substance abuse and exam stress can also be factors".

NHS England was criticised for having no checks in place to ensure that the extra money was channelled into better mental health support for young people, despite it being widely accepted that demand for services was not being met.

Mental health issues signify disorders that affect mood, thinking and behaviour of an individual due to depression, anxiety, schizophrenia and even eating disorders and addictive behaviours. For more information or professional help, visit their website.

"As a government, we have delineated our health system for easy appreciation of the roles required by all stakeholders in the sector". "Yet despite the universality of the issue, we struggle to talk about it openly or to offer adequate care or resources".

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