How to Support World Suicide Prevention Day

How to Support World Suicide Prevention Day

September 10th is World Suicide Prevention Day and I, for one, am thankful. I’m thankful there’s a group called the International Association for Suicide Prevention that is out there promoting World Suicide Prevention Day. I’m thankful that an international group is taking the time to address this incredibly important subject.

Worldwide Suicide Statistics

I won’t bore you with pages of suicide statistics, but when you think about suicide prevention, consider this:

  • Data from The World Health Organization (WHO) indicates that 1 million people die every year of suicide worldwide
  • There is one death by suicide every 40 seconds
  • There are more people lost to suicide than to homicide and war combined
  • Suicide ranks as the second leading cause of death worldwide among 15-19 year olds
  • More than 100,000 adolescents die by suicide each year worldwide
  • Highest rates of suicide are among those age 75 and older
  • Up to 90% of people who take their own life have a psychiatric disorder

Suicide is a major problem in the mental illness community, to be sure, but suicide is really everyone’s problem as it’s estimated that there are 20 times the number of suicide attempts as there are suicide completions. If you haven’t been personally touched by suicide yet, you will be.

Suicide Prevention

But World Suicide Prevention Day isn’t about dwelling on the suicide statistics. World Suicide Prevention Day is about working on preventing those 1 million deaths. And as I’ve stated before, I believe suicide is entirely preventable and we, as a society should strive for a zero percent suicide rate.

How to Support World Suicide Prevention Day

How to Support World Suicide Prevention Day

So please, instead of just reading this, do something to show support for World Suicide Prevention Day. Tell someone you believe is at risk that you love them and want them to stay with you. Give them the number of a suicide hotline. Talk to your family members and bring this subject out into the light. You never know who you can help when you just talk about this subject that is normally shrouded in secrecy.

Other simple things you can do to support World Suicide Prevention Day:

No, not a single one of these things is going to change the world, but you would be surprised how much your voice can make a difference.

Here is an article containing links to all my suicide information articles – there are many. Please talk about these and share them in any way you think will help.

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