World Mental Health Day creates discussion

October 10th is recognized as Mental Health Day around the globe.

Posted: Oct 12, 2017 7:14 AM
Updated: Oct 12, 2017 7:14 AM

TERRE HAUTE, Ind. (WTHI) - October 10th is recognized as Mental Health Day around the globe. 

Depression and anxiety are just two potentially debilitating illnesses. 

According to the World Health Organization, more than 300 million people suffer from depression and 360 million suffer from anxiety. 

Christina Crist is with Team of Mercy, Inc. The nonprofit aims to assist survivors of suicide. Crist says she lost a child to suicide and, at the time, she did not see the signs. She says days like Mental Health Day help create a conversation that can save lives. 

"There is a stigma around mental health and stigmas around getting help. Whether it be bullying for the youth, getting made fun of because you're different, ya know, we're all different." 

Crist says it is her mission and that of T.O.M. to bring awareness to the community. 

The organization offers bio-hazard clean-up, counseling, first-aid workshops among other services. 

For more information about Team of Mercy, Inc. click here

If you or someone you know needs help, there are several resources available. 

National Suicide Prevention Lifeline: 1-800-273-8255

Crisis Text Line: TALK-to 741-741 

Teen Suicide Hotline: 1-800-784-2433 

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