World Mental Health Day 2019: focus on suicide prevention
10th October 2019
World Mental Health Day 2019, on the 10th October, is a day for us to unite together to raise awareness of mental health issues and advocate against the continuous social stigma it provides. Our attitude to mental health could change someone’s life. According to the World Health Organisation, if we don’t act urgently to mental health, by 2030 depression will be the leading illness globally. Together, we can aim to improve the mental health of people around us.
- 10% of children and young people (aged 5-16 years) have a clinically diagnosable mental problem
- 98% of teachers and school leaders encountered pupils they believed were experiencing mental health problems
- 1 in 5 young people aged 16-24 experience a common mental illness such as anxiety or depression at any one time
- 70% of children and adolescents who experience mental health problems have not had appropriate interventions at a sufficiently early age
World Mental Health Day 2019
The theme set by the World Federation for Mental Health this year is suicide and suicide prevention. Suicide is the second leading cause of death among 15-29-year-olds globally. A recent report highlighted how the number of suicides in teenagers across the UK are dramatically increasing, stressing the deepening crisis in young people’s mental health. Today, The World Health Organisation are encouraging a day for “40 seconds of action”. Every 40 seconds someone loses their life to suicide and so this campaign reflects this.
The aim of the “40 seconds of action” is to help:
- Improve awareness of the significance of suicide as a global public health problem
- Improve knowledge of what can be done to prevent suicide
- Reduce the stigma associated with suicide
- Let people who are struggling know that they are not alone
How can Impero help prevent mental health and suicide?
Impero’s safeguarding and keyword detection software can help schools monitor and identify vulnerable students who may be suffering from mental health problems through providing school staff with a contextual insight into a student’s online activity, allowing staff to intervene before a situation escalates. Working with charities such as Harmless, we’ve developed our suicide and self-harm libraries to safeguard young people from suicidal feelings by detecting the warning signs early.
In addition, students can proactively and confidentially report concerns they may have about themselves or others using Confide (our anonymous reporting tool), to ensure every student feels supported and safe. Learn more about Impero Education Pro by booking a demonstration.