It's October 10, which means it is World Mental Health Day. This yearly event is meant to raise awareness of mental health issues across the globe and spur people into action. So today, all stakeholders involved in mental health issues can talk about what they are doing and facing, and what more has to be done to bring better care and services to people worldwide.
First celebrated in 1992, and initiated by the World Federation for Mental Health, each year there event has different themes with the overall goal of promoting education, awareness and fighting the social stigma towards mental illnesses. This year, the focus is on suicide prevention.
According to the World Health Organization, every 40 seconds someone loses their lives to suicide. To address this, Sharpen offers content and programs aimed at factors that lead to suicide. Our sharpenFamily platform tackles issues such as depression, loss and trauma. For veterans who are at increased risk of PTSD and suicide, sharpenWarrior addresses veteran PTSD, spouses and PTSD, as well as the stresses facing veterans transitioning back into civilian life. And as Sharpen grows and develops, there will be more helpful programs along the way.
All in all, it’s important that we all do our part in promoting mental wellness and helping those who are facing psychological issues. This World Mental Health Day is a reminder that we must continue our efforts. Let’s keep at it!