Oct. 10, 2019

Department of Empowerment of Persons with Disabilities (DEPwD), Ministry of Social Justice & Empowerment is observing the “World Mental Health Day” on 10th October, 2019.


  • World Mental Health Day is organized by the World Federation for Mental Health. This year’s Day is supported by WHO, the International Association for Suicide Prevention, and United for Global Mental Health. 

  • According to the WHO, Every year about 800,000 people die due to suicide, which makes it one suicide every 40 seconds. Hence, this year’s theme of World Mental Health Day is “40 seconds of action”. The objective is to raise awareness about the surging numbers. 

  • In India, around 2.2 lakh people die by suicide every year. Most suicide deaths happen between people of age groups 15 to 39. Women are more likely to die by suicide. India has the third-highest female suicide rate (14.7%) in the world.