October 10 is a day for global mental health education, awareness and advocacy against social stigma.
This day was first celebrated in 1992 at the initiative of the World Federation for Mental Health. The day provides an opportunity for mental health advocates to raise awareness of mental health issues and fight against social stigma.
Why is this day so important?
Did you know that every 40 seconds, someone loses their life to suicide? Each year, the event has a different theme. This year, World Mental Health Day focuses on suicide prevention. Every year, close to 800,000 people global take their own life and many more people attempt suicide. It’s the leading cause of death among young people from 20-34 years!
According to the World Health Organization, ¨if we don’t act urgently, by 2030 depresión will be the leading illness globally¨. And while suicide isn’t always related to mental health problems, there are many links, and currently, suicide is one of the most common cause of death among the young population.
And speaking about Borderline Personality Disorder, almost 80 percent of those with BPD report a history of suicide attempts, and suicide death range between 8-10 percent. This rate is 50 times greater than that found in the general population.
This World Mental Health Day, we encourage you to consider how you can create learning opportunities and raise the overall level of understanding of mental health, and specifically address the stigma around suicide so as to support those who might need help.
If you are struggling and feel your life might be in danger, do not hesitate to contact local support. YOU MATTER.
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