SALUD MENTAL ESPAÑA (Spain’s confederation for mental health) is promoting a “Hugging” campaign on the occasion of World Mental Health Day celebrated today, October 10, and this year focuses on suicide prevention.
Under this theme and under the slogan ‘[email protected] con la vida‘, (connect with life) the Confederation seeks to highlight the importance of preventing suicide by all the people and institutions involved, as well as the need to have sufficient resources and support to enable proper care for the person.
According to the WHO, between 65% and 95% of suicide cases are closely related to mental health problems. Suicide mortality in people with schizophrenia is nine times higher than in the general population, and in major depression the risk is multiplied by 21.
“Hugs” Campaigns for Mental Health
The ‘Hugs’ campaign for mental health is present on social networks with the hashtag #ConectaConLaVida. To support the action SALUD MENTAL ESPAÑA encourages people to upload photos of them hugging onto social networks under the hashtag #ConectaConLaVida. The objective is to viralize the gesture of the embrace as a symbol of life.
“Suicide can be prevented”
Suicide has been the leading cause of unnatural death in Spain for 12 years, ahead of traffic accidents. 3,679 deaths from this cause in 2017, according to the National Statistics Institute (INE), an increase of 3.1% over the previous year. In other words, 10 people a day die from this cause in our country, 75% of them men.
Rosa de Arquer, psychologist of the Telephone of Hope of Asturias and Master in Prevention of Suicidal Behavior, defines that “suicide can be prevented”. “It is important to banish myths, such as that whoever says it is not going to do it, or that whoever tries and fails is calling attention,” says the psychologist in the report El suicidio: cuando hablar salva vidas (Suicide: When Speaking Saves Lives), published in Issue 2 of Encuentro Magazine 2018, based on her training and experience of 20 years attending anonymous calls.
Another of the erroneous beliefs is associating these people with the quality of courage, or quite the opposite, that of cowardice, explains Rosa de Arquer: “Neither brave nor cowardly, it is a person who suffers and this is how you have to understand it. Whoever understands a suicide attempt as a wake-up call is not understanding the basic problem, which is suffering.
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