AVENUES FOR MENTAL HEALTH SUPPORT
800,000PEOPLE DIE EACH YEAR WORLD WIDE BY SUICIDE
EVERY40 SECONDS SOMEONE DIES BY SUICIDE
SECONDHIGHEST CAUSE OF DEATH FOR PEOPLE AGED 10-34 IN THE U.S. IS BY SUICIDE
Evidence demonstrates that meaningful relationships with other people, even just one, can prove to be both life-affirming and life-saving.
Human connection has proven to boost mental health and protect against depression, anxiety and uncertainty. In the company of loved ones, mentors, or trusted advisors, threats become smaller challenges, stigmas can be overcome, and painful shocks become manageable.
The relationships we share with others — friends, family, community members, and mental health professionals — are major protective factors against stress, depression, anxiety and even suicide. The Cook Center for Human Connection is a conduit to bring together the best programs, partnerships, research, policy and events that have demonstrated effectiveness in creating the human connections that are vital for strong mental health.