Yesterday 10th of September was world suicide prevention day.
The World Health Organisation says that someone commits suicide every 40 seconds around the world, a total of 800,000 people, any age, anyone can be affected.
It has been proven that suicide is preventable.
The power of talking must not be underestimated.
The WHO, are asking for us to all to join in the 40 seconds of action day on October 10th 2019:
: To improve awareness of the significance of suicide as a global public health problem;
: To improve knowledge of what can be done to prevent suicide;
:To reduce the stigma associated with suicide
:To let people who are struggling know that they are not alone.
We can all take part in this, and really make a difference.
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 publicly about action you are taking to promote mental health and prevent suicide, highlighting the 40-second statistic.
Quotes from The World Health Organisation.
40 seconds is nothing, but it may be the most important 40 seconds to someone, who is feeling life is not worth living.