The International Association for Suicide Prevention (IASP) and the World Health Organization (WHO) founded World Suicide Prevention Day in 2003. The month of September is dedicated to changing attitudes, spreading hopefulness, and disseminating critical information to those who have been affected by suicide under the theme "Creating Hope Through Action" in 2022.
By definition, suicide is the act of taking one's own life. It is sometimes employed to escape hardship or suffering (Canadian Mental Health Association, BC Division, 2012). Globally, an estimated 703,000 people commit suicide each year. According to the World Health Organization (n.d.), there has been a considerable increase in suicide-related contacts to mental health clinics across the nation during the COVID-19 pandemic.
One approach that is currently being investigated is the role of nutrition in mental health. According to Dr. Badgett (n.d.), a diet high in processed foods, refined grains, and soft drinks and low in fresh fruits and vegetables, increases depression risk and has fewer positive effects on physical and mental health.
According to one study, people who eat mostly plants are happier and less likely to commit suicide. Despite the fact that more research is needed to determine how specific nutrients affect mental health disorders, it is clear that diets low in nutrients and high in processed foods are associated with mental health problems. Because early intervention for mental disorders is critical, children now more than ever require healthy food and nutrition education.
Physical and mental states are intrinsically linked, and proper nutrition is required to maintain good health. A healthy body and mind are better equipped to face the challenges of life. We can show suicidal people that there is hope and that we care about and want to help them by providing hope through action and nutrition. It also implies that our actions, large or small, have the potential to give hope to those in need.
As members of society, whether as a child, parent, friend, colleague, or person with lived experience, we all have a role to play in assisting those who are suicidal or who have lost a loved one to suicide. We can raise awareness of the issue, help those in need, and share our personal experiences if we work together. We can all be the light and spread hope by taking action.# AthenaKhorrainneA.Albastro/NASLabordo
Canadian Mental Health Association, BC Division, 2012. What is suicide? https://www.heretohelp.bc.ca/infosheet/what-is-suicide#what
Atlantic Fellows, n.d. Inequity in mental health care access. https://www.atlanticfellows.org/project/youth-suicide-rates-have-escalated-in-the-philippines
WHO, n.d. World Suicide Prevention Day 2022. https://www.who.int/campaigns/world-suicide-prevention-day/2022
Badgett, M., n.d. Suicide. https://nutritionfacts.org/topics/suicide/