World Mental Health Day is an opportunity for all of us to raise awareness of mental health issues and advocate against social stigma. We are asking teachers, leaders and pupils in our network to highlight the day in some way. Many of you have planned special assemblies or plan to join in the wider conversation that will be occurring on social media, television and elsewhere.
This year’s theme is suicide and suicide prevention. Every year close to 800,000 people globally take their own life and there are many more people who attempt suicide. Every suicide is a tragedy that affects families, communities and has long-lasting effects on the people left behind. It’s the leading cause of death among young people aged 20-34 years in the UK and is the second leading cause of death among 15-29 year-olds globally. Those of you who have completed Mental Health First Aid Training will have more understanding of the complex issues around suicide so do share your learning with others.
This year we have decided to mark World Mental Health Day by making and sharing our Mental Health Pledge. This was a great way to reflect on what we currently do and how we could do more – please feel free to adapt this to make your own Mental Health Pledge and share it with others.
This World Mental Health Day, we encourage you all to consider how you can create learning opportunities for all to raise overall levels of understanding of mental health, and specifically address the stigma around suicide so as to support those who might most need help. Useful pack here: https://www.time-to-change.org.uk/sites/default/files/Time%20to%20Change%20WMHD%202019%20Pack.pdf
This is a fantastic clip that demonstrates how talking and caring can sometimes help : https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KiynAdEuyWQ
Doctor Sandeep Ranote, and Lisa Fathers, our Director of Teaching School and Partnerships, have published a joint blog about the importance of checking in on people this WMHD. Just by listening and being alert to what are often subtle warning signs, we can provide help early on – you can read the full blog here: https://allianceforlearning.wordpress.com/2019/10/08/check-on-those-around-you-this-world-mental-health-day/