You or someone you know has suffered with mental health issues. The World Health Organisation has stated, “If we don’t act urgently, by 2030 depression will be the leading illness globally.” October 10th is the time to raise awareness of mental health and the impact it can have on people’s lives.

At present, the most common cause of death for men between 20-50 in England and Wales is suicide. Although suicide and mental health problems are not directly linked, depression is obviously a key factor. A whopping 10% of the people in England will experience depression at some point during their lives; that’s one in six adults. 10% of children between 5 and 16 years will experience mental health issues but 70% of those will not be clinically diagnosed or receive treatment because of their age.

What is World Mental Health Day?
The World Health Organisation recognises World Mental Health Day every year on the 10th October. Each year has a different theme, last year’s being “Dignity in mental health” and this year’s being “Psychological first aid and the support people can provide to those in distress”. You can get involved in the national fundraising event, Tea & Talk – everyone gets together, has tea, talks about mental health, and donate to the Mental Health FoundationYou can also make a £3 donation by texting THRIVE to 70300.

It’s way to show people that they are not alone when suffering with mental health issues!