By the time you finish reading this, at least six people will have killed themselves around the world.
Those six are a tiny fraction of the 800,000 people who will kill themselves this year – more than the population of Washington DC, Oslo or Cape Town. Sometimes they are famous names such as Anthony Bourdain or Kate Spade that make headlines, but they are all sons or daughters, friends or colleagues, valued members of families and communities.
Suicide is the most extreme and visible symptom of the larger mental health emergency we are so far failing to adequately address. Stigma, fear and lack of understanding compound the suffering of those affected and prevent the bold action that is so desperately needed and so long overdue. -Lady Gaga and Tedros Adhanom
Today is #WorldMentalHealthDay — 1 in 7 Americans will experience a serious mental health condition in their lifetime. We have to de-stigmatize the issue so everyone can get the care they need. I will include and prioritize mental health in all discussions of health care access.
— Katie Hill (@KatieHill4CA) October 10, 2018
— ANDREW W.K. (@AndrewWK) October 10, 2018
— Ross Gerber (@GerberKawasaki) October 10, 2018
It’s #WorldMentalHealthDay so get out there and do something FOR YOU today. Walk. Nap. Journal. Draw. Read. Take the day off. Your mental health needs to be your priority, no matter how selfish it feels. No one else knows what it’s like in your head. Do something for you today.
— Meredith Gabrielle (@meredithgwhite) October 10, 2018
1/ Many years ago, my wife asked me to go to the doctor because she was worried about my mental health.
I said no.
I had been raised in a world where if something was wrong with your mind, you either accepted it or tried to overcome it through strength.
— John Moe (@johnmoe) October 10, 2018
It’s #WorldMentalHealthDay, so let's clear up some mental health-related abortion stigma.
MYTH: Having an abortion causes depression & anxiety
FACT: Being denied a wanted abortion makes a person more likely to suffer from anxiety & diminished self-esteem https://t.co/BPYny7xBeR
— NARAL (@NARAL) October 10, 2018
A very powerful picture..
— Callum Sheedy (@Sheedy95) October 10, 2018
We all have weird little minds that work in ways we’ll never quite understand. As long as we understand that and talk about it the world will be a better place. You’re not alone. Talk. Cry. Share. Someone’s always ready to listen #WorldMentalHealthDay
— Tom Fletcher (@TomFletcher) October 10, 2018
You’re stronger than you know.
— Marvel's Runaways (@marvelsrunaways) October 10, 2018
YOU are NOT alone
YOU are beautiful
YOU are important
YOU are someone that matters
YOU are a part of this
YOU are loved by ME
YOU are NOT ALONE!
If you feel like NO ONE hears you or understands you,
at least know that I DO.
— Theo Rossi (@Theorossi) October 10, 2018
Happy #WorldMentalHealthDay today marks 30 days since a failed suicide attempt that I committed. Today I’m healthy mentally and physically due to the support of friends and family. If you’re suffering remember that it’s possible to make it. Don’t give up…. pic.twitter.com/5JTZ4fkuvY
— Black Jan Michael Vincent (@912LivingLegend) October 10, 2018
Here’s to #WorldMentalHealthDay . Your feelings are valid, and you matter. Speaking up can be difficult but it makes such a big difference. You’re not alone?
— SPOOKie Hernandez (@lzhernandez02) October 10, 2018
It can be extremely difficult to explain what's going on in your head when you don't even understand it yourself. Let's remove the stigma & help others pls, okay? Taking care of yourself is SO IMPORTANT ❤️ #WorldMentalHealthDay
— Trisha Hershberger (@thatgrltrish) October 10, 2018
— E! News (@enews) October 10, 2018
#WorldMentalHealthDay I understand your pain. Trust me, I do. I’ve seen people go from the darkest moments in their lives to living a happy, fulfilling life. You can do it too. I believe in you. You are not a burden. You will NEVER BE a burden.
— Sophie Turner (@SophieT) October 10, 2018
Suicide is a major cause of death for young people in the U.S.
According to @NAMICommunicate:
▪️ 2nd leading cause of death for people 15-24
▪️ 3rd leading cause of death for people 10-14
▪️ 90% of children who die by suicide have a mental health condition#WorldMentalHealthDay
— AJ+ (@ajplus) October 10, 2018
would u tell a diabetic not to take insulin to regulate their blood sugar? it's the same with mental illness, it's a chemical imbalance that needs to be treated. we are so accepting of any other part of our bodies breaking down besides our brains. #WorldMentalHealthDay
— Kenidra4Humanity (@KenidraRWoods_) October 10, 2018
#WorldMentalHealthDay raising awareness of mental health issues around the world and mobilizing efforts in support of mental health. Talk about mental health issues and what more needs to be done to make mental health care a reality for people worldwide. pic.twitter.com/UQOgFKlBrs
— Random Acts (@RandomActsOrg) October 10, 2018
— Ketnipz (@Ketnipz) October 10, 2018
Gambling addiction took me to a dark place and I was on the verge of taking my own life. I was fortunate in getting support, I haven’t gambled in 8 years and now I’m doing ok. We must provide mental health and addiction support services for everyone urgently #WorldMentalHealthDay
— Matt Zarb-Cousin (@mattzarb) October 10, 2018
Research suggests that mental illnesses are so common that almost everyone will develop at least one diagnosable mental disorder at some point in their life. #WorldMentalHealthDay https://t.co/qY30EdDG3j
— Scientific American (@sciam) October 10, 2018