World Mental Health

Today is World Mental Health Day
10 October 2019

World Mental Health Day has been going since 1992

In 1996 the World Federation for Mental Health (WFMH) introduced a theme for each year and this year it is Suicide Prevention.

The following is from the official WFMH website –

The World Health Organization says 800,000 people die by suicide each year, making it the principal cause of death among people age 15 – 29.

It is often believed that only adults exhibit suicidal behaviors but it should be made known that many children and young people engage in this kind of behavior as a result of violence, sexual abuse, bullying and cyberbullying.

There are numerous complex factors that contribute to a suicide but what is most important is that all of our actions must be geared toward prevention.

The theme of making Suicide Prevention for 2019 is to attract the attention of governments so that the issue might be given priority in public health agendas around the world. (1)

Dear World

Have we stopped and asked WHY are our teenagers and the younger generations of today experience abuse in any form?

Have we dropped our own standards at home?
Have we dropped our standards with the kids?
Have we been Honest about how we are raising our children?

Have we just accepted bullying as part of growing up?

Have we allowed cyberbullying by not ever speaking up?

Have we ignored the subject of sexual abuse as it’s way too painfull?

Have we in anyway contributed to the violence we have today in society?

Have we as elders in the community done our bit and shared our wisdom with the younger people around us?

Have we exhausted the Questions of WHY WHY so that we do not Blame others but instead look at our part in all of this?

Have we looked at every area of our life where we are living irresponsibly and not being a true real role model for the younger generations?

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Are our governments ready and are they united to give Mental Health a priority on the public health agenda OR do we need to take Responsibility and do our bit while we wait for them or the funding or whatever else …

How do we make a big difference all over the world to this very important issue, as the World Federation for Mental Health is inviting us to join the campaign?

With due respect – does campaigning actually work?

Is there something missing if Mental Health issues continue to rise each year, to the point where we have Suicide today among the younger generations – something that was rare back in the old days?

Should we all be asking some serious Questions

How are we living in daily life that gives rise to any form of ill mental health?

Would this Question be something we ALL need to start talking about in every conversation today and every day until we get some answers?

Do we need to add a big dose of Honesty before we answer?

Next – what substances are we using to alter our natural state of being that affects our mental health?

Can we get really Honest and consider everything that the following forensic articles are presenting

Next – how can we get to the root cause of WHY we have a mental health issue in the first place?

If we continue with the Honesty as the medicine needed to get to the root cause with the How and Why Questions – would that help us get the answers we are seeking?

What if we then continue to keep asking questions until we get back to the start of when we deviated and went off track in life?

  • What on earth happened back then?
  • What hurt us and why did we not talk?
  • What happened to our behavior after?
  • How did we seek protection from those hurts?
  • What was our way of coping with those hurts?

WHAT WAS OUR DRUG OF CHOICE –

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Can we be really Honest and ask – what exactly is there to truly celebrate when our world has Mental Health problems in every country?

While we wait for our national health authorities to craft policies and directives aimed at establishing strategies to prevent suicide and promote the public’s mental health can we consider everything that is being presented in the following articles on this website –

This is Real education to bring awareness about the topics relating to our mental health and wellbeing.

What if we put all the above on the school, college and university agenda and then ADD the following forensic articles –

Alcohol
Caffeine
Chocolate
E-Cigarettes
Eating Disorders
Fast Food | Junk Food
Internet
Social Media
Tobacco3
TV
Video Gaming
Youth1
Youth2

What if we then find a way to share these with the community so that more people would get an understanding and have the facts and stats to get talking until every conversation is about how and why we have got to this point in our world today?

What if we then used this website as a library to go to for true health and wellbeing as there are now 185 articles published about human life presenting Another Way to live.

Could this be of support to us when we have lack of access to mental health services or because there are no services in the community as stated on the WFMH official website? (1)

What would happen if the World Federation for Mental Health used this website as a form of adding documents that aim to provide tools not only to professionals but also to the community as a whole

For the record –
this article will be forwarded to Dr. Alberto Trimboli
President of World Federation for Mental Health

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World Health Organization official website

Every 40 seconds someone loses their life to suicide (2)

Simple Living Global are here to raise awareness of the scale of suicide around the world

READ THIS NOW https://simplelivingglobal.com/world-suicide-prevention-day/

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On a final note

Despite hundreds of millions of people around the world living with mental disorders, mental health has remained in the shadows. This is not just a public health issue – it’s a development issue. We need to act now because the lost productivity is something the global economy simply cannot afford.
Jim Yong Kim, President of the World Bank Group (3)

Mental health needs to be a global humanitarian and developmental priority – and a priority in every country. We need to provide treatment, now, to those who need it most, and in the communities where they live. Until we do, mental illness will continue to eclipse the potential of people and economies.
Arthur Kleinman, Expert on Global Mental Health and Professor of Medical Anthropology and Psychiatry at Harvard University (3)

We know that millions of people are living with mental health disorders but have we looked beyond this being just a Public Health issue?

The knock on effect is that all of us are affected.

The loss of productivity because of ill Mental Health is costing us and our global economy cannot continue if the resources are not there.

We need to make mental health needs a Priority but our systems tell us there are not enough resources, so how can we bring about real change so that we can turn the tides?

Dear World

When it comes to our Mental Health we could all start with saying SOMETHING IS NOT RIGHT.

We then need to at least consider if there is Another Way as we were not born with mental health issues.

That means something happened to us and we need to find out the when, what, how and why…

Without Honesty as a starting point, we can be certain there will not be any real true change or understanding. 

We then need to get Real and know that celebrities endorsing or discussing their own mental health issues does not make it normal in any way whatsoever.

We need to get wise and listen up – if the masses are circulating this and that about mental health problems, could that be a form of reductionism?

In other words, are we reducing mental health problems to something minor or ok to have as so many are endorsing it in some way?

Media is not the answer when we need to get help as we may not have the mindset needed to discern what is true and what is not.

AND finally – talking about what is really going on for us is good medicine and these blogs are well worth reading –

JUST TALK

HOT TALK

REAL TALKING


If you are feeling suicidal, contact your GP for support or the Suicide Helplines.

In a crisis contact your emergency services.

UK – Samaritans available 24 hours
Tel: 116 123

Childline – for children and young people
Tel: 0800 1111

USA – National Suicide Prevention Lifeline
Tel:  1-800-273-8255

Other Countries
Check International Association for Suicide Prevention Resources on Crisis Centers
https://www.iasp.info/resources/Crisis_Centres 


References

(1) Trimboli, A. (2019). World Mental Health Day 2019. World Foundation for Mental Health. Retrieved October 8, 2019 from  https://wfmh.global/world-mental-health-day-2019/

(2) (2019, September 9). Suicide: One Person Dies Every 40 Seconds. World Health Organization. Retrieved October 8, 2019 from
https://www.who.int/news-room/detail/09-09-2019-suicide-one-person-dies-every-40-seconds

(3) (2016, April 13). Investing in Treatment for Depression and Anxiety Leads to Fourfold Return. World Health Organization. Retrieved October 8, 2019 from 
https://www.who.int/en/news-room/detail/13-04-2016-investing-in-treatment-for-depression-and-anxiety-leads-to-fourfold-return

 

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  1. Thank you for this hugely important blog.

    I feel that when one talks about mental health and suicide, one of the key things that needs to be given immense importance and scrutiny is the phenomenon of people giving up on life.

    My brother committed suicide earlier this year.

    A number of factors contributed to his suicidal thinking and motivation. But, ultimately, when I consider his path to suicide, I feel that the point of no return was the moment that he gave up on life.

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