World Mental Health Day 2019

World Mental Health Day 2019

It’s World Mental Health Day on 10 October. This year’s focus is on suicide prevention and the World Health Organisation are asking everyone to take “40 seconds of action”.

It’s a startling fact that every 40 seconds someone dies by suicide. Last year in the UK, we saw an upward trend in both the numbers of deaths by suicide (up 11.8% in 2018) and in the number of young people dying by suicide (up by 23.7%). Last year 730 young people (under 25) died by suicide.

Suicides are preventable, but it takes action to help someone who is considering ending their life. This year’s campaign asks that we all look out for each other and do something to help prevent suicide. Make a start on World Mental Health Day by taking “40 seconds of action”.

How you do this is up to you – the important thing is to make a start. Some examples from the World Health Organisation are explored below:

Take 40 seconds to ask someone how they are if you’re worried about them.

Feeling alone or without someone to talk to can make any problem seem worse. Knowing that someone cares can help. Time to Talk’s campaign ‘Ask Twice’ gives advice on what to do when ‘I’m fine’ doesn’t mean everything’s ok.

Take 40 seconds to post on social media about mental health or suicide

Many people struggle with the stigma associated with mental health difficulties and suicide. Sharing positive messages online can let others know you’re thinking about them and help reduce this stigma.

Look at #WorldSuicidePreventionDay or #40seconds for ideas.

Take 40 seconds to start learning more

Read or watch something to learn more about what you can do to help prevent suicide. Take a few seconds to sign up for online training on depression and suicide (we offer a good course through the traininghub) or access some of the helpful resources from the NSPA or WHO:

No matter what you do on World Mental Health Day, take 40 seconds to do something and help to prevent suicide.