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50% lifetime mental health issues manifest before age 25 – Expert


Co-founder and Medical Director of Healthcore Ltd, Toju Chike-Obi, has shed light on a concerning trend: 50% of lifetime mental health issues materialize before the age of 25. In an exclusive interview, Chike-Obi emphasized the critical importance of addressing mental health concerns among young people.

“Half of all lifetime mental health issues arise before the age of 25,” Chike-Obi stated. “These challenges often start to manifest during adolescence and early adulthood and can worsen over time if left unaddressed.”

Chike-Obi outlined various signs to watch for, including changes in sleeping or eating habits, mood swings, persistent negative thoughts, and loss of interest in activities. She stressed the significance of early detection and intervention in mitigating the long-term effects of mental health disorders.

“People often overlook the signs of mental health issues, dismissing them as normal stress or mood swings,” Chike-Obi remarked. “But it’s crucial to recognize these symptoms and seek support early on.”

Addressing the stigma surrounding mental health, Chike-Obi urged for a shift in perception. “People with mental health issues are not ‘crazy’ or ‘weak.’ They are individuals grappling with a health disorder that deserves understanding and proper care,” she emphasized.

Chike-Obi advocated for increased mental health education and awareness, particularly in primary healthcare settings. She highlighted the need for accessible mental health services and emphasized the role of empathy and support in fostering a healthier society.

As part of her recommendations, Chike-Obi proposed implementing routine mental health checks, especially for individuals in public office or those entrusted with firearms. She emphasized the importance of prioritizing mental health as a fundamental aspect of overall well-being.