World Mental Health Day is observed on October 10th every year. The objective is to raise awareness of mental health issues around the world and mobilizing efforts in support of mental health. The day provides an opportunity for all stakeholders working on mental health issues to talk about their work and what more needs to be done to make adequate and appropriate mental health care a reality for people worldwide.
This year the theme of the day is “40 Seconds of Action”. One individual commits suicide every 40 seconds. While women are three to four times more likely to attempt suicide than men, men are three times more likely to die by suicide than women. Suicide is the ninth leading cause of death in our country. This year we hope to raise awareness of the impact that suicide has around the world and the role each of us can play to help prevent it.
Suicide is a complicated issue. People who die by suicide or attempt suicide usually feel overwhelmed, hopeless, helpless, desperate, and alone. In some rare cases, people who experience psychosis (losing touch with reality) may hear voices that tell them to end their life. While we often think of suicide in relation to depression, anxiety, and substance use problems, any mental illness may increase the risk of suicide. It’s also important to remember that suicide may not be related to any mental illness at all. Please drop by The Corner on the 10th of Oct for some engaging activities and look for a mental health day celebration during the first week of November hosted by Health Access St. James Town. Stay tuned for updates.
Where to get help
Canada Suicide Prevention Service
Association québécoise de prévention du suicide: 1-866-APPELLE (1-866-277-3553)
Or visit the Toronto Distress Center website: https://www.torontodistresscentre.com/suicide-prevention