According to the 2017 National Survey of Drug Use and Mental Health, approximately 0.6% of Americans 18 or older have attempted suicide at least once. That’s roughly 1.4 million Americans. World Mental Health Day, held every October 10th, raises awareness for those with mental health issues. The theme for World Mental Health Day 2019 is suicide prevention. If you or someone you know has had suicidal thoughts or actions, you should look into World Mental Health Day.
If stress is making you or someone you know consider suicide, please look into our mindfulness-based stress reduction program in Los Angeles. Learn about how you can recognize mental health issues and prevent suicide.
What is World Mental Health Day 2019?
World Mental Health Day occurs on October 10th, every year. World Mental Health Day 2019 focuses specifically on suicide prevention, much like World Suicide Prevention Day, held on September 10th. The event recognizes suicide attempt survivors in particular.
Did you know that every 40 seconds someone takes their own life? Organizers want you to take “40 seconds of action.” Forty seconds is enough to talk someone off the ledge, preventing them from doing something irrevocable. Let people with suicidal thoughts or actions know that they are not alone.
Print the World Mental Health Day 2019 flyers available online. Display them in your workplace and around your town to raise awareness of World Mental Health Day and suicide prevention. Encourage people you know to take 40 seconds of action, including:
- Raise awareness of suicide as a public health problem.
- Improve knowledge of how to prevent suicide.
- Reduce the stigma of having suicidal ideation.
- Spread the word to people experiencing suicidal thoughts— they are not alone!
Use the opportunity of World Mental Health Day 2019 to make a difference in someone’s life — or your own. If you think you, or someone you know, needs treatment, check out our trauma therapy treatment today.
What Can You Do After World Mental Health Day 2019?
Staggering suicide statistics show the need for awareness on and after World Mental Health Day. On average, 129 die of suicide every day. In 2017, firearms accounted for half (50.57%) of successful suicides. The second highest cause of suicidal death was suffocation, at 27.72%, following by poisoning, at 13.89%.
If you recognize signs that someone is struggling with suicidal ideation, reach out to them or contact the appropriate authorities. Refer them to the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline as well.
The five most common signs that someone may commit suicide include:
- Extreme Depression
- Self Harm
- Uncharacteristic mood swings
- Tying up loose ends and preparing to die
How Trauma Counseling Center of Los Angeles Can Help
At Trauma Counseling Center of Los Angeles, we recognize the significance of World Mental Health Day 2019. Our trauma therapy treatment programs can help you or those you love to overcome their mental health struggles. Prevent suicide before it happens by engaging in one of our programs. Trauma Counseling Center of Los Angeles offers:
- Anxiety Therapy
- Cognitive Behavioral Therapy
- Cognitive Processing Therapy
- EMDR Therapy
- Havening Technique
- Individual Trauma Therapy
- Post Traumatic Stress Disorder Treatment
- Somatic Therapy
Every care plan varies in how they help an individual with their specific mental health needs. Contact us online or call us at 310.720.8200 for more information and help with suicidal thoughts or actions.