Oct. 10 is World Mental Health Day
California Schools JPA joins in recognizing World Mental Health Day on Oct. 10 and is committed to helping its members better understand mental health and fight stigmas that prevent people who are struggling with their mental health from seeking the help they truly need.
World Mental Health Day is organized by the World Federation for Mental Health. This year’s Day is supported by the World Health Organization, the International Association for Suicide Prevention, and United for Global Mental Health. The purpose of World Mental Health Day is to unite in efforts to improve the mental health of people around the world.
This year’s theme is “Working together to prevent suicide” and has a special campaign message based on the statistic that every 40 seconds someone loses their life to suicide. In response to this, the campaign is encouraging people to prepare to take “40 seconds of action” on Oct. 10 to help:
- improve awareness of the significance of suicide as a global public health problem
- improve knowledge of what can be done to prevent suicide
- reduce the stigma associated with suicide
- and let people who are struggling know that they are not alone
More than 800,000 people die by suicide a year, making it the principal cause of death among people 15 to 29 years old, according to the World Health Organization
RESOURCES FROM CALIFORNIA SCHOOLS JPA
California Schools JPA offers mental health and suicide prevention resources to its members. In addition, California Schools JPA supports year-round anti-bullying and student resiliency efforts in schools through its Annual Fundraising Golf Tournament held this year on Oct. 21.
From the World Health Organization:
- video series on what emergency workers, health workers, teachers and employers can do to help prevent suicide
- handouts on what emergency workers, health workers, teachers, employers, journalists and people working in prisons and jails can do to help prevent suicide
Centre for Suicide Prevention