Chinese Translations Available on World Mental Health Day - Oct 10th
We look forward to share with you the Chinese translations of our webcomic on October 10th, 2019 — World Mental Health Day.
This year Day’s focus is on suicide prevention. As Press Play details one person’s mental health journey through anxiety, depression, and suicidal ideation, we thought it was befitting to release these translations in honor of this occasion.
Mindful of the cultural nuances in the Chinese-speaking diaspora, we collaborated with an amazing group of 7 volunteers to make the translations available in Traditional and Simplified Chinese.
We know that talking about mental health remains a taboo, especially in Asia. Through these translations, we hope to continue increasing the conversation around mental health in these Chinese-speaking communities and countries. Ultimately, we hope these discussions can reduce stigma and encourage those who are struggling to get help.
About World Mental Health Day
World Federation for Mental Health organizes the World Mental Health Day, which falls on 10 October annually, to unite efforts in improving the mental health of people around the world. In selecting suicide prevention as this year’s theme, the organization plans to raise awareness of the scale of suicide around the world and the role that everyone can play to help prevent it.
About Suicides in Hong Kong
According to the World Health Organization, one person dies by suicide every 40 seconds globally. This translates to around 800,000 people every year. While the overall suicide rate has decreased in Hong Kong, the number of youths (15 to 24 years old) taking their own lives has grown in recent years, with a marked increase among full-time students. Recently, the city’s increasing turmoil has led to an alarming surge in calls for emotional support, with specialists warning of an increase in suicidal thoughts. Experts warned that the current unrest in Hong Kong could trigger a mental health crisis.
About Suicide Prevention
Every suicide is a tragedy that affects families, communities and entire countries and has long-lasting effects. However, they are preventable. Many people who thought of or have attempted suicide do not seek and thus do not get the help they need because of prevailing taboo and stigma. Raising community awareness and openly discussing mental disorders and suicide are ways to break down these taboo and stigma.