World Mental Health is observed on October 10 every year, it is observed to make people aware about mental health issues across the world and garner support for mental health. The theme of this year is 'Suicide Prevention.'
As per the World Health Organisation, every 40 seconds someone loses their life to suicide. Suicide is amongst the main causes of death for people who are aged between 15 to 29 as per the World Health Organization. WHO has released an array of videos on social media to shed light on the methods which health workers, rescue workers, teachers and employers can use to prevent suicide.
Research has shown that many people who die by #suicide have seen a #healthworker in the previous month. Therefore, 👩⚕️👨⚕️ have an important role to play in recognizing, assessing and supporting people who are at risk of suicide.https://t.co/MntDBguaKv #WorldMentalHealthDay pic.twitter.com/tYVu3fx6BZ— World Health Organization (WHO) (@WHO) October 10, 2019
The day was first observed in 1992 and had no theme. 1994 onwards, the theme for World Mental Health Day was introduced and the first theme was 'Improving the Quality of Mental Health' services throughout the World. World Mental Health Day is supported by the World Health Organisation.
UN chief Antonio Guterres makes a statement on World Mental Health Day-
Suicide is the second leading cause of death among young people aged 15 to 29, and rising at alarming rates.— António Guterres (@antonioguterres) October 10, 2019
Mental health has been neglected for too long. We need more investment in health services and to keep fighting the stigma of seeking help. pic.twitter.com/siwefjjO0a
The former 27th Prime Minister of Australia too observed World Mental Health Day-
It takes an average of eight years for people with anxiety conditions to seek support. This World Mental Health Day, @beyondblue is reminding the community that with the right support, you can manage your anxiety condition. For more information, visit https://t.co/ul1UD1ziwB pic.twitter.com/1erPIiovCd— Julia Gillard (@JuliaGillard) October 10, 2019
(With inputs from agencies)