October 10, 2019

It’s World Mental Health Day 2019, and this year the World Federation for Mental Health (WFMH) has chosen “suicide prevention” as the theme for the day.

Mark Rowland, the Chief Executive of the Mental Health Foundation takes you through the topic for World Mental Health Day 2019.

"Our message on suicide prevention this World Mental Health Day is one of hope. Hope is like oxygen for our mental health. It is the vital ingredient in supporting people to hold on. By reading this blog you are signalling your willingness to be an agent of hope… We can’t escape the reality that suicide is a devastating and gut-wrenching tragedy. It ends a life and shatters countless others. There is nothing romantic or peaceful about suicide. I know this because I am one of those left behind. I have seen the consequences with my own eyes. But as we bring suicide out from the shadows and seek to understand the causes, we need an urgent and sustained approach to prevent it. "

Today, staff and learners took part by taking time out to chat over a cuppa, with no mobile phones.