WORLD Mental Health Day is on October 10 with an emphasis on “suicide prevention” this year.
The day was first marked in 1992 as part of an initiative of the World Federation for Mental Health.
Inspirational quotes on mental health
“Our message on suicide prevention this World Mental Health Day is one of hope. Hope is like oxygen for our mental health. It is the vital ingredient in supporting people to hold on.”
Mark Rowland, chief executive of the Mental Health Foundation
“A child’s mental health is just as important as their physical health and deserves the same quality of support.”
Kate Middleton, Duchess of Cambridge
“It is only in sorrow bad weather masters us; in joy we face the storm and defy it.”
Amelia Barr, author and teacher
“Out of suffering have emerged the strongest souls; the most massive characters are seared with scars.”
Khalil Gibran, author of The Prophet
“What mental health needs is more sunlight, more candor, and more unashamed conversation.”
Glenn Close, actress
“I have not failed. I have just found 10,000 things that do not work.”
Thomas Edison, inventor
“Sometimes you climb out of bed in the morning and you think, I’m not going to make it, but you laugh inside — remembering all the times you’ve felt that way.”
Charles Bukowski, author and poet
“The bravest thing I ever did was continuing my life when I wanted to die.”
Juliette Lewis, actress
Why should people be wearing yellow?
The World Federation for Mental Health is running a campaign as part of World Mental Health Day which focuses attention on children and young people.
Campaigners for the cause are encouraging schools, offices, companies and community groups to wear something yellow today and raise funds and awareness for the cause.
The campaign is also on social media with the hashtag #HelloYellow.
That is just one aspect to the overall campaign marking World Mental Health Day.
The international symbol for mental health awareness this year is a green ribbon with supporters able to buy a pin badge.
A digital sticker is also available through most social media platforms.
Just search for “green ribbon” to add it to your page.
How to get help
There are a number of free helplines:
- Samaritans offer a 24-hours a day, 7 days a week support service. Call them FREE on 116 123.
- Shout Crisis Text Line: If you’re experiencing a personal crisis, are unable to cope and need support Text Shout to 85258.
- CALM (Campaign Against Living Miserably) have a helpline (5pm – midnight) and webchat to support men
- Papyrus is a dedicated service for young people up to the age of 35 who are worried about how they are feeling or anyone concerned about a young person. You can call the HOPElineUK number on 0800 068 4141, you can text 07786 209697.
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You can also call your GP and ask for an emergency appointment.
Call the NHS in England and Wales on 111 for out-of-hours help.
Contact your mental health crisis team, if one is in your area.
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