Health: World Mental Health Day
(Photo Credits: Screengrab from WHO)
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.
Let today serve as a reminder to be kind to yourself & compassionate to others. We are all battling our own demons. Depression & anxiety are nothing to be ashamed of! Ask for help if you’re struggling – it doesn’t make you weak it actually makes you STRONG! #WorldMentalHealthDay
— Gus Kenworthy (@guskenworthy) October 10, 2018
— World Economic Forum (@wef) October 10, 2018
It’s okay not to be okay.
However, reaching out and talking can be that important first step.
— Scottish Fire and Rescue Service (@fire_scot) October 10, 2018
Some days you feel fine, some days you feel like you can’t move
Some days you feel yourself and some days you feel lost
Your mental health doesn’t define you as a person & it’s okay to reach out for help. Be there for people when they need you most.#WorldMentalHealthDay
— Jack Mull (@J4CKMULL) October 10, 2018
By talking openly & honestly about our mental health challenges, we can break down stigma, help others feel supported, and build a healthier, more compassionate society for everyone. #WorldMentalHealthDay https://t.co/Fd97lqniso
— Justin Trudeau (@JustinTrudeau) October 10, 2018
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:
Bosnia & Herzegovina: 080 05 03 05
Canada: 5147234000 (Montreal);
18662773553 (outside Montreal)
in Russian 3726555688
Finland: 010 195 202
Hong Kong: +852 2382 0000
New Zealand: 045861048
Portugal: 21 854 07 40/8 . 96 898 21 50
South Africa: 0514445691
United Kingdom: 08457909090
Veterans’ Crisis Line: 1 800 273 8255/ text 838255