World Mental Health Day is October 10
No one is immune to the suffering that is experienced with a mental health problem. We may have had family members who suffer from depression or bipolar disorder. Maybe you know friends or coworkers who have exhibited signs of mental health issues.
And you may have experienced depression or other symptoms that you have ignored or not shared with others.
World Mental Health Day hopes to make more people aware of mental health issues that people have...to encourage the support for those who are living with these disorders...and to remove the stigma that comes with any mental health issue.
This year, 2019, the World Health Organization hopes to call attention to suicide prevention.
While I have never had someone I know personally commit suicide, let me share an experience my cousin had when she was a student at USC many many years ago.
While she was on campus, a friend asked if she could join her for coffee. My cousin was on her way to classes and couldn’t but would meet her the next day.
Unfortunately, that day was not to be. Her friend committed suicide that night.
As part of World Mental Health Day, the organization is asking for “a day for 40 seconds of action.”
You can read more about it here but basically they are asking that we take just 40 seconds to help call attention to the need for help and what we can do.
40 Seconds of Action Examples...
*Take 40 seconds of your time to check in with someone who may be going through something. Call and ask them how they are and what you can do for them. They may have lost a loved one or might be having health issues.
*Take 40 seconds of your time to call or meet with a friend you trust and talk about what you may be going through. Open the door to dialogue and you’ll discover that you are not alone.
Reach out today and offer your ear and heart to someone who could use it!