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Health: World Mental Health Day

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Today—October 10, 2018—marks the 26th World Mental Health Day. This day is observed every year to promote global mental health education, raise awareness on mental health issues, and to curb and hopefully end the stigma surrounding mental illness.

This year’s theme, “Young People and Mental Health in a Changing World,” was chosen to underscore the plight of the youth. Because in this day and age, it is said that suicide has become the “second leading cause of death among 15-29-year-olds” globally and that “half of all mental illness begins by the age of 14.” According to the World Health Organization (WHO), no one is more vulnerable to “mental distress and illness” more than the youth. WHO explained this is because it is during adolescence and the early years of adulthood that many changes in life occur. The organization cited the following as examples: “changing schools, leaving home, and starting university or a new job.” These, on top of the pressures that they face in this internet age where online connectivity could render our youth vulnerable to cybercrimes and cyber bullying.

On the other hand, the LGBTQ youth in this stage of their life are “feeling alone and persecuted for being true to themselves while young adults are at the age when serious mental illnesses can occur,” according to the World Federation for Mental Health. This is why it is imperative that they be taught about mental illness and wellbeing this early in life so that they may be able to cope with life’s challenges and build mental resilience. And this is where we, adults, come in: by making sure they have the skills and support they need in life and also, by educating them about mental health.

But why is it important to help our youth build mental resilience? It’s because poor mental health has long-term consequences, one that they may carry well into their adult life thereby damaging it if left unaddressed.

As for us, adults, the University of Michigan has these tips on how to keep our balance or how to rebalance ourselves.

If you, or anyone you know is in crisis, call the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 1-800-273-TALK (8255) or contact the Crisis Text Line by texting TALK to 741741. You may also click here for options. On the other hand, Adam4Adam members and readers who reside outside of United States may check the numbers below. For more information and resources, click here.

International Suicide Hotlines:

Source: FMH

Argentina: +5402234930430

Australia: 131114

Austria: 017133374

Belgium: 106

Bosnia & Herzegovina: 080 05 03 05

Botswana: 3911270

Brazil: 212339191

Canada: 5147234000 (Montreal);

18662773553 (outside Montreal)

Croatia: 014833888

Denmark: +4570201201

Egypt: 7621602

Estonia: 3726558088;

in Russian 3726555688

Finland: 010 195 202

France: 0145394000

Germany: 08001810771

Holland: 09000767

Hong Kong: +852 2382 0000

Hungary: 116123

India:  8888817666

Ireland: +4408457909090

Italy: 800860022

Japan: +810352869090

Mexico: 5255102550

New Zealand: 045861048

Norway: +4781533300

Philippines: 028969191

Poland: 5270000

Portugal:  21 854 07 40/8 . 96 898 21 50

Russia: 0078202577577

Spain: 914590050

South Africa: 0514445691

Sweden: 46317112400

Switzerland: 143

United Kingdom: 08457909090

USA: 18002738255

Veterans’ Crisis Line: 1 800 273 8255/ text 838255

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  1. Pandora Danes

    I’m really glad there are a lot more people who finally understand the struggles of Mental Health patients. I’ve been suffering with Bipolar Disorder for years and my parents kept on insisting that I was just very moody and fickle minded, that I need to fix myself. Back in their day medication wasn’t really an option.

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