While mental health should be discussed every day, for those who have been reluctant to begin these crucial conversations, there’s no better day to start than World Mental Health Day, celebrated annually on Oct. 10.
This year’s focus is on suicide prevention. Nearly 800,000 people die by suicide every year, according to the World Health Organization. That comes to one person every 40 seconds. But prevention is something everyone can take part in if they know the right signs to look for in others, as well as how to reach out for help themselves.
The following tweets from mental health organizations and advocates provide resources, tips, and motivation for helping others who are struggling and preventing suicide.
1. Practice empathy and share resources
2. Have real conversations with friends and loved ones
3. Learn how employers and managers can prevent suicide
4. Learn about treatment options
5. Identify signs of crisis
Signs a loved one is in crisis:
– Prolonged sadness/depression
– Changes in mood/behavior
– Sleeping too much/too little
– Increased alcohol/drug use
– Talking about killing themselves#WorldMentalHealthDay pic.twitter.com/mAiuOtieSu
— Moms Demand Action (@MomsDemand) October 10, 2019
6. Avoid stigma and taboo
If you want to talk to someone or are experiencing suicidal thoughts, text the Crisis Text Line at 741-741 or call the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 1-800-273-8255. For international resources, this list is a good place to start.