In many workplaces throughout the First World, a mental health day is where an employee does not come to work and takes a sick day for reasons other than physical illness.
According to World Health Organization – close to 800 000 people die due to suicide every year, which is one person every 40 seconds.
Getting people to talk about a subject that tends to be taboo and about which many hold mistaken and prejudiced ideas will help the community to learn about the risk factors so that they can identify and learn to address them.
It all really starts with asking someone how they are doing in a warm and authentic way – giving them a chance to realise that you are being sincere and friendly.
At some point in our lives, most of us will face times that are extra stressful or that even shake us to our core as the sudden death of our beloved ones.
On a personal level writing about an upsetting event can actually make me feel better. That’s in part because writing organizes my thoughts, and makes the experience feels less chaotic. Writing also offers me an emotional release.
My semicolon is a reminder and a message of affirmation that my story isn’t over yet.