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APS is supporting World Mental Health Day

Why APS is doing this

Construction workers are nearly four times more likely to commit suicide than workers in other professions.  That’s why APS is supporting World Mental Health Day on Thursday 10 October.  The day has taken place every year since 1992 and this year the theme is suicide prevention and promoting positive mental health

About World Mental Health Day

World Mental Health Day is an opportunity for to raise awareness of mental health issues and advocate against social stigma.

The day provides an opportunity any organisation or individual to add to the wider conversation that will be occurring on social media, television and elsewhere.  It’s a chance to highlight work you're already doing to address mental health stigma in the workplace and and opportunity to find out how you can introduce new and targeted activities anchored to the event and for your business.

Why suicide prevention this year’s theme

Every year close to 800,000 people globally take their own life and there are many more people who attempt suicide. Every suicide is a tragedy that affects families, communities and has long-lasting effects on the people left behind. It's the leading cause of death among young people aged 20-34 years in the UK and is the second leading cause of death among 15-29 year-olds globally.

APS is supporting the event

Each day we’ll be posting articles on our website and linking to them on LinkedIn and Twitter between now and the day itself.  Articles will cover helping those experiencing mental health problems and how organisations can and should proactively promote and embed a culture of mental health and wellbeing to prevent it in the first place.