Published: Fri, October 11, 2019
Global News | By Blake Casey

We Are Celebrating World Mental Health Day

We Are Celebrating World Mental Health Day

In addition, festival goers experienced a "Festival of Friendship" activation encouraging people to learn more about Mental Health First Aid and how to #BeTheDifference in helping friends during a mental health or substance-use problem.

It is further revealed that HBO has made this move as a part of the "It's Okay" initiative, with which it wants to raise some mental awareness among the people who could speak out to others and break down the stigma attached to it.

The theme selected for this year's observance is suicide prevention and the role that everyone can play to prevent it. Suicide is the second leading cause of death among young people aged 15 to 29. This initiative is a large-scale commitment that will bring together influential nonprofits, businesses, brands, celebrities and influencers in a coordinated effort to destigmatize mental health conditions. "It's easy to overlook symptoms of mental illness and examples of mental health when we're watching a show", explains Dr. Ali Mattu.

According to the World Health Organization, every 40 seconds a person commits suicide somewhere in the world.

The goal of this challenge is to enhance awareness, and instill a community of care and love amongst individuals.

However, a significant number (45 per cent) of responses indicated they had not, which may have led many bosses to underestimate just how many of their staff are wrestling with mental health issues.

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On World Mental Health Day, the provincial government has announced it's making a big push to improve the mental health of students across Ontario.

HBO's bumpers will let viewers know what mental health issues are depicted in select episodes.

To participate in World Mental Health Day, WHO encourages the use of the #40seconds and #WorldMentalHealthDay on social media.

While no broadcaster or content provider should shy away from hard themes - and while those of us struggling with mental illness certainly want our experiences represented - it's easy to use mental illness as a way of upping dramatic stakes without thinking about how it affects (or reflects) the lives of viewers.

National Hotlines and Resources include the National Suicide Hotline reachable at 1-800-273-8255, the Crisis Intervention Crisis text line at 741741 as well as the Suicide Prevention App.

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