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World Mental Health Day 2019: Focus on suicide prevention

World Mental Health Day: Focus on suicide prevention


World Mental Health Day 2019, on October 10th, is a day for us to unite to raise awareness of mental health issues and to advocate for ending the social stigma often associated with these issues. Changing attitudes toward mental health could change or even save someone’s life. According to the World Health Organization, if we don’t act urgently to address mental health issues, by 2030 depression will be the leading illness globally. Together we can aim to improve the mental health of people around us.

The statistics

  • Mental health problems affect 1 in 5 young people, but two-thirds of those who need treatment do not have access to it (source)
  • 13% of youth (aged 12-17) reported suffering from at least one major depressive episode. This number increased by 99,000 youth between 2019 and 2020 (source)
  • 2% of youth (more than 2.2 million youth) reported coping with severe major depression, an increase of 121,000 between 2019 and 2020 (source)
  • Major depression in youth has increased 4.35% over the last 6 years (source)

World Mental Health Day 2019 to focus on suicide prevention

The theme set by the World Federation for Mental Health for this year is suicide and suicide prevention. Suicide is the second leading cause of death among 15-29-year-olds globally. A recent report from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention noted a rise in the suicide rate for both boys and girls aged 10 to 14, stressing the deepening crisis in young people’s mental health. The World Health Organization is encouraging a day for “40 seconds of action” on October 10, to reflect that every 40 seconds someone loses their life to suicide.

The aim of the “40 seconds of action” campaign is to:

  • 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 they are not alone

How can Impero help schools address mental health issues and suicide?

Impero’s student safety and keyword detection software can help schools monitor and identify vulnerable students who may be suffering from mental health problems by providing school staff with 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 keyword libraries to help detect warning signs of young people who may be having suicidal feelings.

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 scheduling a demonstration.

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