Every 40 seconds, someone loses their life to suicide.
October 10th is World Mental Health Day and the World Health Organisation has set this theme to be around Suicide prevention, which we cover in Mental Health First Aid England (MHFA Englands) 2 day and 1 day First Aid courses. The details of this weeks events are :
"Join us, on 10 October, in “40 seconds of action” to raise awareness of the scale of suicide around the world and the role that each of us can play to help prevent it.
World Mental Health Day, on 10 October, is a day for us to unite inour efforts to improve the mental health of people around the world.
The theme selected for this year’s Day is suicide prevention. We will begin our efforts to raise awareness of the scale of suicide around the world and the role that each of us can play to help prevent it on 10 September, World Suicide PreventionDay (#WorldSuicidePreventionDay),which has been observed for more than 15 years.
Our efforts will continue throughout the following month, until 10 October.
On this year’s World Mental Health Day, in addition to events and activities taking place on or around 10 September, we are encouraging you to prepare to take “40 seconds of action” on 10 October to help us:
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; and
let people who are struggling know that they are not alone.
Put simply, this is an opportunity to show you care.
Everyone can take part in whichever way makes most sense. 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; or it may be public, for example posting a video message for local or national authorities about action you would like them to take on this issue.
Here are some more ideas:
If you are struggling, take 40 seconds to kickstart 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 start a conversation and ask them how they are doing.
If you work in media, highlight the 40-second statistic in interviews, articles and blogposts.
If you work in the arts or on digital platforms, interrupt your production or broadcast to transmit a 40-second message about mental health or preventing suicide.
If you are an employer or manager, take 40 seconds to formulate a positive message of support to your employees about resources available to them in the workplace or local community in times of mental distress.
If you want your leaders to hear your request for action, record a 40-second audio clip or video telling them the action you want them to take on suicide prevention and mental health.
If you have a platform for communicating with a large audience (social media, television, radio), provide 40-second slots for sharing mental health stories and messages.
If you hold political office, communicate publiclyabout action you are taking to promote mental health and prevent suicide, highlighting the 40-second statistic."
World Mental Health Day is organized by the World Federation for Mental Health This year’s Day is supported by WHO, the International Association for Suicide Prevention, and United for Global Mental Health