Monday, September 10, 2018, marked World Suicide Prevention Day.
Organized by the International Association for Suicide Prevention (IASP) and the World Health Organization, this years theme is ‘Working Together To Prevent Suicide’.
World Suicide Prevention Day takes place on September 10 each year, with the purpose of the following week is calling all individuals and organizations to raise awareness about suicide prevention.
According to the World Health Organization, suicide is the second most common cause of death among 15-29-year-olds, and every year is responsible for over 800,000 deaths, which equates to one suicide every 40 seconds.
This year’s theme highlights that collaboration is the most important factor in preventing suicide. And that everyone, no matter who we are, can all play our part.
Whether it’s educating ourselves and others about suicide and its causes, showing compassion to those who need help or raising awareness in our communities, it all contributes to breaking down the taboo and stigma surrounding suicide and mental health.
Below are some important guidelines for reaching out and listening to people who may need your help, whether they are friends, family, colleagues or neighbors.
You don’t have to be an expert to talk, listen and provide support to those who may be suffering. Following the steps below can help you to help others:
If you or someone you know are experiencing suicidal thoughts, call 911, or call the National Suicide Prevention Hotline at 1-800-273-8255 or text HOME to the Crisis Text Line at 741741.
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