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Posted by: Daniel Barnett on Oct 9, 2019

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October 10, 2019, is World Mental Health Day #40seconds #WorldMentalHealthDay

Did you know…

One person dies by suicide every 40 seconds.

On October 10, this year's World Mental Health Day, everyone is encouraged to take "40 seconds of action" to help:

  • 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; and
  • let people who are struggling know that they are not alone.

Put simply, this is an opportunity to show you care.

Everyone can take part in whichever way makes most sense. Your activity may be private, for example, initiating a conversation with someone you are worried about or sharing a message of hope with someone who is struggling; or it may be public, for example posting a video message for local or national authorities about action you would like them to take on this issue.

More ideas for "40 seconds of action":

  • 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 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 leaders to hear your request for action, record and share a 40-second audio clip or video telling them the action you want them to take on suicide prevention and mental health.
  • If you hold political office, communicate publicly about action you are taking to promote mental health and prevent suicide.


Learn how to prevent suicide
If you or someone you know is in crisis, please call 1-800-273-8255 or text "Hello" to 741741.
Missouri Lawyers' Assistance Program (MOLAP): 1-800-688-7859
Illinois Lawyers' Assistance Program: 312-726-6607
Emergency: 911



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