Founded in 1992 by the World Federation For Mental Health to raise awareness of mental health issues. Each year has a theme that is explored and highlighted. This year the theme is suicide prevention.
Suicide is sadly on the increase after years of steady decline. There has been an 11.8% increase in suicide rates in 2018, this was an unexpected rise after 2017 having the lowest suicide rate ever.
Every year close to 800,000 people take their own lives globally. It is the leading cause of death amongst the 20-34 year old age group in the UK, and the second leading cause of death in 15-29 age group globally.
Much positive work has been done in the past years to highlight mental health issues and to promote openness in discussing all forms of mental health. Campaigns such as Heads Up, created by Heads Together and the FA to generate the biggest conversation around mental health ever; and Scotland’s national programme The Power of Okay are creating awareness and dialogue around important health issues that have been taboo in the past.
The younger members of the Royal Family are very involved in work with mental health campaigns. Every Mind Matters created the first coordinated T.V. campaign about mental health – shown simultaneously on Sky, Channel 4, ITV, Channel 5 and MTV; the ad was so successful it lead to the NHS website crashing due to the high volume of traffic it drove to the site.
We spend a large part of our lives at work and therefore our working environment has a big impact on our mental wellbeing.
At Shout About Suffolk we strive to create a positive, happy environment for our Lab and Hub members. We designed the offices carefully to create light and open spaces, with plenty of room to take time out and relax. We are working on creating a stretching class once a month, free to all Lab and Hub members with our Hub member and resident personal trainer Adam Glading. We encourage our members to eat lunch away from their desks and to take time to play a game of table football with a fellow Lab or Hub member. On the Riduna Park site there is a break out area in the garden with benches and a pond which is a great place to take 5 minutes and get some fresh air. Many of our young entrepreneurs are often seen taking their skateboards out for a quick spin round the site to clear their heads.
If you would like any further information on Every Mind Matters, or help please go to www.nhs.uk/oneyou/every-mind-matters
Or if you need urgent support please contact www.crisistextline.uk by text:
Text SHOUT to 85258
from anywhere in the UK, anytime, about any type of crisis, you will be speaking to a live trained crisis volunteer.