About the day

World Mental Health Day is a day for education, awareness and advocacy against social stigma around mental health on a global scale, which takes place annually on 10 October.

Anyone can be affected by mental illness and we're here all year round for those who need us. But events such as World Mental Health Day are a great opportunity to unite in calling for a better quality of life for those living with a mental health condition.

What is mental illness?

Around one in six adults in England live with mental illness, while around one in ten live with severe symptoms - it is not as uncommon as you may think. We have over 100 pages of advice and information on conditions and symptoms.

Our advice service also offer practical help on a wide range of topics such as the Mental Health Act, community care, welfare benefits, debt and carers' rights, as well as general information on living with mental illness, medication and care.

Have you been affected by mental illness, or do you know someone who has? Our guide has tips on ways you can find urgent help and support.

Suicide Prevention

Every 40 seconds someone loses their life to suicide. To highlight the scale of this and the role that each of us can play to help prevent it, the theme for this year's World Mental Health Day is ‘suicide prevention’. As the leading charity for those severely affected by mental illness, we are all too familiar with the impact of suicide.

• In 2018 there were 6,507 registered suicides in the UK, the first increase since 2013

• 3 in 4 suicides were men. Males aged 45-49 being the highest at risk group

• Suicide rates amongst young women between 10 and 25 have increased the most in the last six years.

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