Thursday, October 10 is World Mental Health Day. First celebrated in 1992, the day was set up by the World Federation for Mental Health to educate and raise awareness of mental health issues for people around the world.
Each year the event has a different theme. Suicide prevention is the primary focus for the 2019 theme for World Mental Health Day. Here are some key facts and figures about suicide from the World Health Organization:
- Suicides are preventable.
- One person dies by suicide every 40 seconds.
- A prior suicide attempt is an important risk factor for suicide.
- Suicide is the second leading cause of death among 15 -29 year-olds.
- Suicide affects people in all age groups in all countries.
If you or someone you know might be contemplating suicide, don’t hesitate to reach out for help. Contact the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline or call 800-273-8255. You can also text HOME to 741741 to reach the Crisis text live. In an emergency, you can always call 911 or contact a local hospital or mental health facility.
For other mental health issues, contact Mental Health America at www.mentalhealthamerica.net/contact-us to find resources closest to you or call 1-800-273-8255, a 24 hour crisis center.
California on Monday launched its first statewide mental health line to help those struggling with mental and emotional well-being. The free service offers non-emergency emotional support and referrals to anyone who calls or messages the number 1-855-845-7415.
At Kantor & Kantor we have a team of experienced attorneys who are all dedicated to obtaining the best possible result for our clients. If you or someone you know are being denied mental health benefits by your insurer, please call Kantor & Kantor for a free consultation at 888-569-6013. We understand and we can help!