World Mental Health Day 2019

World Mental Health Day 2019 Working together to prevent suicide.

This year, the World Federation for Mental Health (WFMH) has decided to make “suicide prevention” the main theme of World Mental Health Day.

According to the WHO (World Health Organisation)more than 800,000 people die by suicide a year, making it the principal cause of death among people fifteen to twenty-nine years old.

It is often believed that it is only adults who exhibit suicidal behaviours, but it should be made known that many children and young people engage in this kind of behaviour as a result of violence, sexual abuse, bullying and cyberbullying.

A day for “40 seconds of action”

On this year’s World Mental Health Day, in addition to events and activities taking place on or around 10 October, we are encouraging you to prepare to take “40 seconds of action” on 10 October to help raise awareness. 

Improve awareness of the significance of suicide as a global public health problem;
improve knowledge of what can be done to prevent suicide;

Reduce the stigma associated with suicide; and let people who are struggling know that they are not alone.

Put simply, this is an opportunity to show you care.

Everyone can take part in whichever way makes most sense. Your activity may be private, for example, initiating a conversation with someone you are worried about or sharing a message of hope with someone who is struggling; or it may be public, for example posting a video message for local or national authorities about action you would like them to take on this issue.

World Mental Health Day,
on 10 October, is a day for us to unite in our efforts to improve the mental health of people around the world. 

Here are some ideas:

If you are struggling, take 40 seconds to kickstart a conversation with someone you trust about how you are feeling.
If you know someone who has lost a loved one to suicide, take 40 seconds to start a conversation and ask them how they are doing.

If you work in media, highlight the 40-second statistic in interviews, articles and blogposts.

If you work in the arts or on digital platforms, interrupt your production or broadcast to transmit a 40-second message about mental health or preventing suicide.

If you are an employer or manager, take 40 seconds to formulate a positive message of support to your employees about resources available to them in the workplace or local community in times of mental distress.

If you want your leaders to hear your request for action, record a 40-second audio clip or video telling them the action you want them to take on suicide prevention and mental health.

If you have a platform for communicating with a large audience (social media, television, radio), provide 40-second slots for sharing mental health stories and messages.

If you hold political office, communicate publicly about action you are taking to promote mental health and prevent suicide, highlighting the 40-second statistic.

Key facts and figures

Suicides are preventable.
One person dies by suicide every 40 seconds.

A prior suicide attempt is an important risk factor for suicide.

Suicide is the second leading cause of death among
15-29 year-olds.

Suicide affects people of all age groups
in all countries.

Share your messages, photos, illustrations and videos that are not of a private nature on Twitter or Instagram
using the hashtag #40seconds. Include #WorldMentalHealthDay in your posts too.

Remember to respect the privacy of friends, colleagues or acquaintances who may be struggling and never share any information about their mental health on a public channel without their consent.

Get Social & Follow Us!

Your login details have been used by another user or machine. Login details can only be used once at any one time so you have therefore automatically been logged out. Please contact your sites administrator if you believe this other user or machine has unauthorised access.