One out of four people suffer from a mental health condition. The World Health Organisation (WHO) estimates that each year approximately one million people die from suicide, which means one person ends his/her own life every 40 seconds. It is predicted that by 2020 the rate of death will increase to one every 20 seconds. Suicide continues to outrank homicide, wars, and natural disasters COMBINED.

It is a myth that in the majority of the situations, that person actually wants to die. Here is the fact: Over 90% of suicides can be prevented. Lives can be saved, but only if we know how.

Suicide and mental health does not discriminate. It does not care about your economic background, race, culture, religion, age, or location. For every completed suicide, 20 more are likely to attempt suicide. Every single suicide can effect countless people, often leaving friends and family with loss, remorse, survivor’s guilt, and questions which will never be answered.

Why do we give large attention every time there is a death by homicide yet very little attention to suicide? Isn’t it time to face what is happening?

Why is physical health is talked about all the time but not mental health? Why not view mental health in the same way as physical health? Improving ourselves physically and getting help for our body is encouraged and promoted, whereas mental health issues are often shut down and shunned.

The reality is, mental health is just as important as physical health. It is the taboo that prevents people from treating it so. The taboo does not save lives. It acts as a fog that promotes shame, guilt, and secrecy. It prevents people from speaking out, sharing, and getting help. Most outside of the field of psychology do not have the knowledge to be able to face this topic or do something about it, because that knowledge is simply not available. That is what we are here to change, to bring that knowledge to the general public, to shift society’s thinking, to bring a positive change that may significantly improve and save the lives of yourself and of others.

Mental Health is not a Privilege, it’s a Priority