Today it is the World Mental Health Day, a very important occasion where we stop and reflect on how we would have spent the previous year looking after the most import part of the human body, the mind.
The World Health Organisation informs us that every 40 seconds, someone, somewhere in the world takes their own life through suicide.
That is a frightening statistic, 2160 people dying daily through suicide, it translates to 788,400 people dying annually from suicide.
Suicide is now believed to be the leading cause of death among young people aged between 16 and 28 in Zimbabwe.
Unfortunately here in our country, it is not unusual anymore to read headlines in the local media related to suicide.
Our citizens are now so used to it, such that they simply shake their heads in disbelief whenever another suicide story is published in our media.
This means that suicide has become a major public health priority that needs immediate attention in Zimbabwe.
Zimbabwe currently has only 15 practicing psychiatrists for a population of 15 million people that is one psychiatrist for every one million people.
Task shifting is a concept that has been encouraged by the World Health Organisation as a way of addressing this treatment gap.
We will change all that and make mental health the most urgent priority in our health delivery system. For what are we without our minds?
Let us all take time to listen to the broken hearted, and let us all remember to take good care of our mental health.
On behalf of the MDC and myself, I wish the whole country a happy World Mental Health day.