40 Seconds

It’s another beautiful day here in Oakville, the sky is blue and the sun is shining, the school run is done and heading home for a cuppa via the pretty cookie cutter houses with manicured gardens and a smile shared with those passed in the street, it is hard to imagine that someone, somewhere isn’t seeing the day as I do…every 40 seconds one person will take their own life because they see no way out, it’s a sad and startling figure from The World Health Organisation but one that needs to be addressed. Suicide is not a cheery subject to talk or write about and in some cultures and religions taboo, but if we are more open to sharing things maybe we can make a difference.

Today, 10th October 2019 is World Mental Health Day organised by the World Federation for Mental Health (WFMH) and this year the theme is suicide prevention.

The World Health Organisation (WHO) is asking for people to take “40 seconds of action”, in doing so they believe individuals can raise awareness of the gravity of suicide across the globe and how each of us can help prevent it.

Suicide effects people in all countries and of all ages, so please take 40 seconds out of your day to make a difference, whether it’s sharing this post, one of the short animations created by the WHO or actioning one of their suggestions on their flyer.

Let’s help ensure people feel they can talk about their issues without being judged, so they don’t need to bottle things up and can choose the right path for their future, one that is bright and hopeful.

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