World Suicide Prevention Day - 10 September.

Observed on September 10th each year, World Suicide Prevention Day aims to promote ways to prevent suicide. The International Association for Suicide Prevention (IASP) organizes the observance.

Suicide is a global phenomenon. Throughout the world, 800,000 people die each year by taking their own life. Among 15-29-year-olds, suicide is the leading cause of death. Multiple risk factors impact causes for suicide. The leading risk factors include mental illness, inability to cope with life stressors, and chronic pain and illness. Some of the most vulnerable groups for committing suicide include refugees, prisoners, and those in the LGBT community. Another vulnerable group – bullied kids.

The sad thing is suicide is entirely preventable. Reducing access to firearms and medications is one way to prevent it. Other methods include early care for the mentally ill, school-based interventions, and training health workers to assess and manage suicidal behavior. The strongest risk factor for committing suicide is a previous suicide attempt. Because of this, follow-up care and support for those who have attempted suicide are crucial.

Key collaborators for suicide prevention include faith community members, educators, parents, substance abuse services, social services, and mental health organizations.

IASP organized the first World Suicide Prevention Day since 2003. Shortly after, WHO began co-sponsoring events for suicide awareness and prevention. The theme that year was “Suicide Can Be Prevented!” Other themes throughout the years have included, “Saving Lives, Restoring Hope,” “Connect, Communicate, Care,” and “Working Together to Prevent Suicide.” Today, nearly 70 countries join together to bring awareness to suicide prevention.

“Creating hope through action” is the triennial theme for the World Suicide Prevention Day from 2021 - 2023. This theme is a reminder that there is an alternative to suicide and aims to inspire confidence and light in all of us.

Source: https://nationaldaycalendar.com


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