World Mental Health Day takes place on October 10th. Its global observation is to help educate, promote awareness and reduce the social stigma attached to psychological, emotional or behavioural imbalances. A person’s relationship with their external environment is not the only causal factor. Holistic mental health considers the whole person; nutrition, hormones, microbiome, traumas, toxicity, their day to day relationships and network. WMHD wants to create a consorted effort to help improve mental wellness and encourage a better approach to psychological balance.
This years theme is suicide prevention. Almost 800,000 people die by suicide every year, which is one person every 40 seconds. Due to several complex factors, suicidal behaviour has increased gradually in all parts of the world, reaching alarming statistical levels. The World Health Organisation are encouraging people to take ’40 seconds of action’ on October 10th and help improve awareness of the significance of suicide as a global public health problem. The object of this year’s theme is to attract the attention of governments so that the issue might be given priority in public health agendas around the world. Getting people to talk about a subject that tends to be taboo and about which many hold mistaken and prejuidiced ideas will help the community learn about the risk factors and how to offer support.
Organisations like Pieta House provide an excellent service for anyone in need. They offer a free, therapeutic approach to people who are in suicidal distress and those who engage in self-harm. They also operate Suicide Bereavement Counselling centres, providing free counselling, therapy and support to individuals, couples, families and children who have been bereaved by suicide.