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Suicide is the second leading cause of death among the 15 to 29-year-old age group. Pixabay

According to the World Health Organisation, depression is one of the leading causes of disability. Suicide is the second leading cause of death among the 15 to 29-year-old age group. People with severe mental health conditions die prematurely – as much as two decades earlier – due to preventable physical conditions. Almost 50 percent of a survey’s respondents have not sought mental health assistance in the past even when they knew they needed it.

According to the Meru Health survey, the top reasons were “too expensive” (38 percent), followed by “too difficult” (35 percent), and “not enough time” (28 percent). About one-quarter of participants were worried about stigma or confidentiality, and 23 percent did not pursue care because they were unable to find a provider.


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On average, about 1 in 4 employees (24 percent) would prefer digital mental health assistance over in-person assistance. 30 percent of employees would prefer a program that enables them to chat online or via text with providers daily or as needed. “It’s shocking to me to see so many people not pursuing the mental health assistance they need,” says a Meru Health spokesperson.

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“I envision that one-day getting help for mental health problems would be as easy and stigma-free as it is for any other health problem. To get there, employers need to ensure all employees are aware of their mental health benefits, and that employees know that such programs are completely confidential and that there is no shame in asking for help. Providing digital options offers a low-threshold and flexible option to get care whenever and wherever needed. It also allows for asynchronous care: you can get help and talk to someone when you need it and not have to wait for your appointment.” (IANS/JC)


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On the opening day of the wrestling competition, Ravi Kumar defeated Bulgaria's Georgi Vangelov 14-4 on technical superiority to reach the last-four in the men's 57kg category, while compatriot Deepak Punia overcame China's Zushen Lin 6-3 on points to advance to the semifinals.

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Earlier, Ravi Kumar had won his opening-round bout by technical superiority against Colombia's Oscar Tigreros to secure a quarterfinal spot. Competing in the Round-of-16 bout against the Colombian wrestler, the 23-year-old Ravi Kumar, who is making his Olympic debut, showed no nerves as he dominated the bout to win by technical superiority (13-2).

Ravi Kumar landed attack after attack and went 13-2 up, winning the bout by technical superiority with minutes to spare. In wrestling, building up a 10-point lead over the opponent results in a victory by technical superiority.

India's 86kg freestyle wrestler Deepak Punia showed no signs of the niggle that had forced him to pull out of the Poland Open Ranking Series in Warsaw in June, as he defeated Nigeria's Ekerekeme Agiomor on technical superiority to secure a quarterfinal berth.

He got his Olympic campaign to a fine start as he was in control from the start of the bout and hardly ever allowed his Nigerian opponent any room to maneuver his moves, finally winning with a 12-1 on technical superiority.

Punia, who had also suffered an elbow injury just before the Games, was slow at the start but came into his own as the bout progressed, inflicting takedowns at regular intervals to earn points.

The Indian wrestler eased into a 4-1 lead at the break and extended his lead comfortably in the second period.

Punia, the silver medallist from the 2019 world wrestling championships, then set up a clash with China's Lin Zushen in the quarterfinals and defeated him 6-3.

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