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On Mental Health Day: WHO continues to urge ’40 seconds of action’

On World Mental Health Day, the World Health Organization (WHO) continues to urge everyone to take action on raising awareness concerning mental health and preventing suicide.  In his video message, WHO Secretary-General António Guterres stated how this matter needs to be addressed urgently, and “that concerns us all.” According to the agency’s latest figures, developed countries have the most cases with people who experienced traumas of disasters, violence, and abuse. And unfortunately, the proportion of suicide accounts each year equates to the deaths caused by war and homicide combined. Having strong links between mental health and suicide, the WHO, along with its global partners, echoes its September campaign on suicide prevention.   WHO also prepared four informative videos to disseminate methods of prevention for the following sectors: education, business/employment, and health.  

Health Workers

First and foremost, health-care workers play a vital role. They are the ones to identify signs of someone who is struggling with their mental health or who has suicidal thoughts.  

Emergency Responders

Oftentimes, the first one on the scene, Emergency workers should be equipped with the right knowledge. As the WHO says, these responders play a pivotal role in what happens from thereon.  

Information for Teachers

Most of the time, bullying takes place inside educational institutions. Having this plus the pressure on grades, relationships, and peers, students become overwhelmed. For some, who can’t take the burden, would then fall into the dark pit of suicidal thoughts. Hence, teachers and other people working in schools should be equipped with the right knowledge to help students look after their mental health.  

Employers, Managers, and Employees

And lastly, Employers and managers also have an important role in looking out for the mental health of their staff. At times, the demand at work can be stressful.   —(Source: World Health Organization)

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