Suicide or Survive (SOS), the Irish charity focused on breaking down the stigma associated with mental health and suicide, is welcoming World Mental Health Day and is reminding everyone that we all have mental health.
World Mental Health Day is observed on 10th October every year, with the overall objective of raising awareness of mental health issues around the world and mobilising efforts in support of mental health. The theme for this year’s World Mental Health Day, is “Dignity in mental health”.
Commenting on World Mental Health Day, Caroline McGuigan, CEO Suicide or Survive (SOS), said;
“World Mental Health Day is the perfect opportunity to talk about mental health. The dedicated annual day allows us the chance to reflect on some of the key issues surrounding mental health worldwide. This year’s theme, ‘dignity in mental health’ is something which we at SOS feel very strongly and passionately about. At SOS we are working to build a society where people embrace their mental health wellness and those with difficulties are treated with dignity and respect, and experience a service that offers them hope, a safe place and a positive future.”
“We want to remind everyone that we all have mental health and recovery, which is different for everyone, is possible. Whilst people drive their own recovery, support and information is readily available from many sources, it’s just important to remember to ask for help. Mental health can be messy, but it’s very much part and parcel of the ups and downs of everyday life.”
Ms McGuigan concluded, “Collaboration is key to driving positive social change, and closing the gaps is essential so that a person can reach the relevant service quickly in a crisis. At SOS we believe that it’s not about fixing people, it’s about supporting and encouraging people, and that the voices of services users and family members must be heard, as they are essential for a mental health service that meets the needs of our communities nationwide.”
Last March Suicide or Survive launched a mental wellness App. For more details you can check out our coverage of that here.