CBC Offering a Helping Hand on World Mental Health Awareness Day

World Mental Health Awareness day is October 10th. Coastal Bend College’s faculty, staff and students are pledging to offer a helping hand to anyone who is suffering.

This year the World Federation for Mental Health decided to make suicide prevention the main theme of World Mental Health Day. According to the World Health Organization, more than 800,000 people die by suicide each year, making it the main cause of death among people 15-29 years old. The goal of making suicide prevention a theme for this year’s Mental Health Day is to get people to talk about a subject that can be taboo, so everyone can learn about the risk factors, identify them and address them.

Below are some statistics regarding mental health from the National Council for Behavioral Health:

  • In the United States, almost half of adults (46.5%) will experience a mental illness during their lifetime.
  • 5 percent of adults experience a mental illness in any one year, equivalent to 43.8 million people
  • 1 in 25 adults will experience a mental illness this year that is serious enough to interfere with or impact major life activities.
  • 1 in 5 youths (21.4%) between the ages of 13-18 and 13% of children aged 8-15 live with a severe mental health disorder.
  • In the United States, only 41% of the people who had a mental disorder in the past year received professional health care or other services.
  • You are more likely to experience mental illness than you are to develop heart disease, cancer, or diabetes.

It’s okay to talk about suicide. Below are some statistics based on suicide:

  • Suicide is the 2nd leading cause of death among people aged 10-34 in the United States
  • Suicide is the 10th leading cause of death in the United States
  • The overall suicide rate in the United States has increased by 31% since 2001.

If you or someone you know is in an emergency, call The National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 800-273-TALK (8255) or call 911 immediately.

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