World Mental Health Day 2019

There was no way I wouldn’t have done my #40seconds of action today.

This year the focus of the World Mental Health Day, October 10 is Suicide Prevention.

40 seconds – the amount of time you spent to read until here. That is it.

Can we help in turning this 40 seconds around? If you are struggling, you know it takes only 40 seconds to start a conversation with a trusted person about how you are feeling. If you know someone who might be struggling, even then it takes just 40 seconds to start a conversation to let them know that you care. 

There is no stigma in talking about it. It is essential to reach out. I have always talked about in my every post that how important it is to reach out to someone. If you don’t feel like, reach out me. I promise I will listen and also help you connect to a professional who can help you.

This is indeed the most vulnerable age group. But suicide is something which affects people irrespective of their age and gender. 

Make a safe place

When I look back, adolescence was indeed a scary phase of my life – growing up, real exams, the pressure to excel, hormonal changes, heart-breaks.

While it is the responsibility of the parents to look after their child, the school and the teachers should also be a part of the mentally healthy environment every child deserves. The school is where a child spends most of the time of their day. It takes 40 seconds to start the conversation to tell a child that their school is indeed a safe place. Make it a safe place.

Similarly, a workplace should be a safe place for an employee.

Every workplace is stressful. I had great colleagues and employers and probably that helped me sail through. I understand that everyone is not that lucky. Reach out. Help is available, and it’s easier to get than you think.

Recognize suicidal behaviour

I deal with my anxiety. And I know it is effortless to hate yourself and get the thoughts of ending your life. I don’t go there because I am too attached to the few people in my life who have sacrificed a lot to help me become who I am.

Having said that, I know that is not how everyone’s life is designed. Recognizing suicidal tendencies is the least you can do to help yourself or the world around you.

These are just some warning signs. A person might need help. Always trust your instincts and reach out to help. Remember, 40 seconds is all it takes to start a conversation. 

Last words

The least you can do to help the world is to be mindful – of your words, your actions. 

You might not mean something you say or do, in the heat of the moment, but it might affect someone in a way you wouldn’t have imagined.

A li’l bit of self-love can never harm anyone. Try to love yourself a li’l more each day and you will see the world is a better place to live. I recently came across a beautiful website/app called the Love Destination. It helps you, motivates you and brings out the best in you. I use it to build body positivity every day. A li’l help is never harmful. Maybe sign up for a free trial and see for yourself.

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  1. Love this! Mental health is as important as physical health! We all need to be aware that sometimes people struggle silently for a long time before asking for help. Which is why it’s so important to provide safe spaces to talk about your struggles!

  2. Great points! We need to be mindful of what we say and do. At the same time we need to pay attention to how other people feel. Choose love and kindness when communicating with others.

  3. One of my best friends committed suicide right after high school. It still haunts me today. I wrote about it. Thanks for writing about a topic that is still taboo in many cultures. We need to help those around us and make sure they become part of society. well written.

  4. this is one sensible post. i like it that sometimes, we read articles that truly happen and must be given importance. mental health is real and should be deal with live, care, and understanding.

  5. I lost my best friend to suicide a little over two years ago. The pain doesn’t get any easier for me, and I have dedicated several blog posts to suicide and talking about it. If I can stop one person from having to experience the same kind. of time, I am very happy. So I appreciate you helping to bring awareness to this as well! It is something we should be talking about and ending stigmas around, and giving people that space and ability to say, I’m not ok. I will be sharing this and hope anyone who needs to see this does!

  6. It’s really astonishing to read those numbers. People all around us are struggling and we need to reach out and check in. These are really important tips and reminders to take care of ourselves and our community.

  7. This is such an important issue that need to be tackle. This kind of people really need a someone who will listen and will support him/her in facing the problem. Thanks for sharing this helpful info with us.

  8. Thank you for dedicating this post to mental health and suicide. The more, we talk about it, the easier it becomes for people to seek help. After all, I feel nearly everyone struggles with mental health issues at one point or another. We just have to learn to admit it.

  9. I have had a few friends die from suicide. While it was super sad, there must have been signs that their close family and friends saw. Anxiety and hopelessness are some of them. So please lets all work together during World Mental Health Day. We all should see tomorrow and do it while being happy.

  10. Thanks for making this a topic. From now this is becoming serious and so many cases of suicide nowadays. Because depression is everywhere. I hope everyone who see a depress person can lend a minute to talk with them. Because they need it badly. They need attention and they are need to be feellove. Let’s Spread this article so many people can read this. And make everybody aware in this crisis. Thanks!

  11. A sensitive topic that everyone wants to talk about but nobody really does. The rate of suicidal activities is atrociously alarming. Reading this is a good start to prevent it.

  12. Thank you for taking the time to talk about such an important issue that so many people are facing around the world. Things like this will help change the conversation and get rid of the stigma.

  13. Wow! What a powerful post. That opening – incredibly sobering. I struggle with anxiety as well, and I’m so thankful for writers like you. And your tips are excellent. It’s interesting how even just giving a genuine smile can make someone (and yourself) feel so much better.

  14. Being mindful of the words we choose to use when talking to people, and also our body language towards others can really help because you might never know what someone else is going through. Unfortunately, one wrong word or move can trigger some into terrible moves like suicide or drug abuse and the like.

  15. I really hope a lot of people read this and start relating to it . A bit of kindness everywhere can help a child grow up with mental strength rather than a mental illness

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