World Mental Health Day

“The bravest thing I ever did was continuing my life when I wanted to die.”

Juliette Lewis.

Every year, on October 10th, the theme changes for the World Mental Health Day and this year the focus is on Suicide Prevention. It’s supported by WHO and organized by the World Federation for Mental Health, International Association for Suicide Prevention and United Global Mental Health. 

First observed in 1992, World Mental Health Day is celebrated to raise awareness of mental health issues and encourage the sufferers to open up about their insecurities and anxieties. On this day, people voice out their thoughts, open up their feelings and support the distressed. It’s a global phenomenon that not many individuals regard as important and are prejudiced about. 

Although suicide is preventable and avoidable, it is the most common type of death between the ages of 15-29 and is well-known in Asia and Eastern Europe. Factors such as depression, personality disorders, bipolar disorders, abuse, violence, loss, and anxiety are some of the main branches that lead a person to suicide either by hanging, poisoning or firearms.  

We all live in a world full of hate, fear, and shame, but the one who overcomes these obstacles is the real survivor. 

What we can do to prevent suicide.

  • Talk to those who are having a hard time.
  • Make sure to limit their access to any methods that may lead to suicide. 
  • Improve the atmosphere and economic conditions.

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