World Mental Health Awareness Day 2019

World Mental Health Day celebrates awareness for the global community in an empathetic way, with a unifying voice, helping those feel hopeful by empowering them to take action and to create lasting change.

This year, the World Federation for Mental Health (WFMH) has decided to make “suicide prevention” the main theme of World Mental Health Day.While suicidal behaviour has existed throughout human history, it has increased gradually in all parts of the world and, in the past few decades, has reached alarming statistical levels.

While the World Health Organisation (WHO) has made suicide a priority issue for a number of years, it is important to emphasise that it is a topic that has attracted the interest of most fields of study for centuries; thus, it has been explored by philosophy, religion, medicine, sociology, bioethics, law, and psychology, among other fields.

“According to the WHO, more than 800,000 people die by suicide a year, making it the principal cause of death among people fifteen to twenty-nine years old. It is often believed that it is only adults who exhibit suicidal behaviours, but it should be stressed that many children and young people also engage in this kind of behaviour as a result of violence, sexual abuse, bullying and cyberbullying.” Want to read more …  by Alberto Trimboli WFMH Board President

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