Every 40 seconds somebody dies from depression

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Suicide is currently the second leading cause of death among people 15-29 years old and affects people in all countries.

October 10 is World Mental Health Day; it is also the fourth day of Mental Health Awareness Week. This year, the World Health Organization has selected suicide prevention as the theme.

Statistics from the World Health Organization reveal that someone loses their life to suicide every 40 seconds. That is less time than it will take you to read this article.

To combat this statistic, they are encouraging people to take “40 seconds of action” today.

This action can be taken in a variety of different forms and is an opportunity to show that you care about the mental wellbeing of those in your community. You can act by:

  • Improving awareness about the significance of suicide as a global health problem.
  • Improving your own knowledge of suicide and suicide prevention
  • Help to reduce stigma
  • Reach out to those who are struggling, let them know they are not alone

The W.H.O. also encourages people who are personally struggling to take “40 seconds of action” by starting a conversation about how you are feeling with someone that you trust.

If you wish to share your own messages, photos, illustration or videos about World Mental Health Day, you can use the hashtag #40seconds and #WorldMentalHealthDay.

Emily is in her fourth year of Political Science. She loves studying and academics which follows into her research work. She's a stern black coffee drinker and is a proud Acadienne. When she's not working or doing school work, you can find Emily listening to 70s music on vinyl and watching Parks and Recreation. If you ask her about parliamentary institutions, she won't stop talking.