World Suicide Prevention Day

World Suicide Prevention Day

Suicide can be prevented and each and every one of us has a role to play. Let’s work together to save lives

World Suicide Prevention Day is commemorated on 10 September each year. It is organised by the International Association for Suicide Prevention (IASP) which is an organisation that has official relations with the World Health Organization (WHO).

The theme for this year is ‘Connect, communicate, care’. According to IASP, these three words are the heart of suicide prevention. Read on to find out more about how you can help work towards suicide prevention.

  • Annually, over 800,000 individuals die due to suicide
  • 1 person commits suicide every 40 seconds
  • Suicide: The second leading cause of death among people between the ages of 15 to 29

Most common suicide methods globally:

  • Ingestion of pesticides
  • Hanging
  • The use of firearms

Suicide is a global phenomenon

Every suicide is a tragedy which affects:

  • Families
  • Communities
  • The entire country

Suicide leaves a long-lasting effect on those left behind

Steps to prevent suicide:

  • Reduce exposure to means of suicide such as pesticides and certain types of medications
  • Introduce alcohol policies to prevent abuse
  • Identify and treat individuals with mental disorders, emotional distress and chronic pain
  • Follow-up care for those who have attempted suicide

WHO Mental Health Action Plan 2013 – 2020:

  • By 2020, to reduce suicide rates in countries by 10 %

Feeling suicidal? Call 03-7956 8144 or 03-7956 8145 (Befrienders)

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