What is World Mental Health Day?
World Mental Health Day takes place every year on 10 October and is organised by the World Federation of Mental Health. It's an opportunity to talk about mental health, the challenges we still face, and how these can be overcome.
What's the theme for 2019?
The theme of World Mental Health Day this year is suicide prevention.
It’s estimated that over 800,000 people worldwide take their own life each year – and for every 1 suicide, 25 other people make a suicide attempt. But research can help - giving us the tools to predict those who are most at risk of suicide and enabling us to develop critical interventions.
How can you get involved?
- We all have a part to play in preventing suicide. Read about the 5 ways that you can help someone who's having suicidal thoughts
- Check out our podcast with suicide researcher Rory and mental health campaigner Paul, who lost his dad to suicide, to hear how research is tackling this issue
- Spread the word on social media using #WorldMentalHealthDay
If you or anyone you know is struggling with suicidal thoughts, please visit our Urgent Help and Advice page.
Last updated: 8 October 2019