Today is World Mental Health Day; observed under the theme “suicide prevention”

  • DYK: Every 40 seconds, someone loses their life to suicide?
  • DYK: Every year, close to 800,000 people commit suicide – WHO report.

Kohima, October 10 (NE): World Mental Health Day was observed on October 10 every year, with the overall objective of raising awareness of mental health issues around the world and mobilising efforts in support of mental health.

Mental Health Issues Results in taking millions of life due to society’s collective failure to deal with these issues. This year, the World Federation for Mental Health (WFMH) has decided to make ‘suicide prevention’ as the main theme of World Mental Health Day 2019. According to WHO, more than 800,000 people die by suicide in a year, making it the principal cause of death among people who are 15 to 19 year olds. To make it even worse, every 40 seconds, someone loses their life to suicide.

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.

There are numerous complex factors that contribute to a suicide, but it is most important that our actions be geared towards prevention. Raising community awareness and breaking down the taboo is important to make progress in preventing suicide.

In Nagaland, World Mental Health Day was observed in different places. Leading from the front, Chief Minister Neiphiu Rio and Deputy Chief Minister Yanthungo Patton, urged to create awareness, encourage early intervention and support recovery across the life course.