SINT MAARTEN (CAY HILL) – The Mental Health Foundation (MHF) is pleased to present the theme “Working Together to Prevent Suicide” for the World Suicide Prevention Day of 2020.
On Thursday, September 10th 2020, the Mental Health Foundation will be hosting a Facebook live event to give the public an opportunity to commemorate this global initiative together. Participants are invited to share a 40 second “Moment of Silence” from their homes or workplaces by lighting a candle at 1:00 pm sharp or join the MHF live stream. The foundation is asking the public to please support this cause by wearing the color yellow on September 10th and using the hash tag #WSPDMHFSXM on their social media platforms.
According to mental health experts, mental health is the next looming crisis in COVID-19 times, as there has been a sudden increase in deaths recently by suicide due to coronavirus-related trauma. “A precious life is lost to suicide every 40 seconds worldwide. That is why it is highly important to acknowledge suicide prevention within our community and reduce the stigma, so that we can empower those persons to come forward and seek support for themselves or for loved ones, especially in times of despair.”
Our stakeholders are invited to participate by e-mailing an RSVP to receive a package consisting of a handmade candle with instructions on how to commemorate this annual occasion. The candles are made by clients of the MHF Faraja center, which offers guidance, support and empowerment to persons suffering from chronic mental illnesses.
Interested persons who wish to participate can order the handmade candle kit as well, at freewill donation, by requesting via our Facebook messenger or e-mail.
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