This year, the focus is strictly on suicide prevention – because every 40 seconds, we lose someone to suicide. This day is in solidarity to help mental health patients overcome their pain and give another chance to life. This is for everyone to come out and talk – first celebrated on October 10th, 1992, on the initiative taken by Richard Hunter, WHO celebrates this day even today.
This year’s theme is Mental Health Promotion and Suicide Prevention, such that suffering and ailing people can seek help. This is to recognize mental disease as a potential threat to life, and reduce the stigma around it. This is the opportunity for us all to raise complete awareness of mental issues and advocate against the existing social stigma.