Celebrating World Mental Health Day 2019
What is World Mental Health Day?
World Mental Health Day is organised by the World Federation For Mental Health. Every year communities and organisations across the world use this day to raise awareness of pressing mental health issues and advocate against mental health stigma. Each year has a different theme, with this year’s focus being on suicide prevention.
Why is Suicide Prevention important?
In the UK suicide has risen to a 16 year high (The Independent). Suicide remains the single biggest killer of men under the age of 45, and for young people under the age of 25 the rate of suicide deaths increased by almost 25 per cent. For young women and girls aged 10 to 24 the news is even more troubling—with suicde rates rising by 83 per cent in the last six years.
Suicidal thoughts is something many of us go through and have the power to get through with the right support system. Here at Kinde we believe in a community response to mental health. Our social media platform brings together people from all backgrounds—middle aged men, teens, women, people of color.
Now more than ever the world is in need of safe spaces to break the silence on mental health and get access to professional help or peer support.
We Are #StrongerTogether
In collaborative partnership with mental health advocates Dorche Harris, Khara Eve and Ashleigh Rayl, Kinde presents #StrongerTogether—a World Mental Health Day campaign aimed at reducing the social stigma and isolation of suicide attempt survivors.
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“My name is Ashleigh Rayl. I am 28 and a mother to two beautiful children. I live in Michigan and I have faced many obstacles in my life thus far. I am a recovering heroin addict from the ages of 16-19 and currently have 8 years clean ✨Upon recovery I was diagnosed with bipolar, BPD, and sleep paralysis. I’ve found writing to be an incredible coping mechanism in working through these challenges I face and an amazing way to know myself better and forgive myself ✨ . It is very important to me to write down my thoughts and how I feel to always remember where I came from, who I truly am, and who I want to be. I am a proud published author of you inspirational poetry books ✨ . Mental health advocacy is extremely important to me in spreading hope. I aspire to help others not feel so alone in their struggles. We are all human. We make mistakes. The greatest thing we can do is try our best, learn, grow and share the wisdom we gain to help.” ✨ . Thank you @ashrayl for taking the time to share your light and love with the world 💙
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