October 6-12 in Mental Illness Awareness Week, an annual national public education campaign designed to help open the eyes of Canadians to the reality of mental illness. #MIAW19 This year, the week coincides with World Mental Health Day October 10, 2019.
World Mental Health Day #MHAD 2019 focuses on the major public concern of mental health promotion and suicide prevention. According to the World Health Organization, over 800,000 people die by suicide every year and 4,000 people in Canada take their own lives. To learn more about the mental health and the challenges among youth in Grey Bruce review the 2018 investigation into the root causes of youth suicide in Grey Bruce.
Comprehensive multisectoral strategies for the prevention of suicide are essential to achieving suicide reduction worldwide, and community-level approaches should be employed as part of an effective strategy.
The prevention of suicide is not only important for individuals and families but also benefits the well-being of communities, the health-care system and society at large. Preventing suicide can have a positive impact on communities by:
- promoting health and well-being of community members;
- empowering communities to identify and facilitate interventions;
- building capacity of local health-care providers and other gatekeepers.
Communication is the key.
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