Working together to prevent suicide
"A day for 40 seconds of action"
World Mental Health Day is on Thursday 10th October 2019. It is a day for us all to unite in our efforts to improve mental health of people around the world. The theme selected for this year’s day is suicide prevention. Every 40 seconds someone loses their life to suicide. On this year’s world mental health day, we would like to encourage you to take 40 seconds of action on 10th October to help:
- 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.
- Let people who are struggling know that they are not alone.
Everyone can take part in whichever way they feel most comfortable. 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.
Here are some ideas of 40 seconds of action:
✓ If you are struggling, take 40 seconds to start 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 speak to them about how they are doing.
✓ Take 40 seconds to speak to your Mental Health Champion or HR about resources available to you in the workplace.
- 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.