Thursday, September 10, 2009

World Suicide Awareness Day


World Suicide Prevention Day is today, September 10, 2009. This public health education campaign is sponsored by The International Association for Suicide Prevention, The World Health Organization, The United Nations and many grassroot organizations and agencies. This year's theme is "Suicide Prevention in Different Cultures."

According to the World Health Organization, every 40 seconds a person committs suicide. Link here for the warning signs. For suicide resources in the USA link here and for worldwide referrals go here.



14 comments:

CrackerLilo said...

I had no idea, but thank you for sharing this.

Xmichra said...

I have posted about this day as well. Thank you for your links & observance!

Dr. Deb said...

26 years ago I lost a friend to suicide. Still haunts me.

Wanda's Wings said...

Suicide is not painless.

Awake In Rochester said...

Ah, one of my favorite topics these days.

Xmichra said...

I'm sorry to hear of your loss Deb :(

CrackerLilo said...

I'm sorry too, Dr. Deb. The sick thing is, when you're *there*, you can't see past yourself at all. You imagine that nobody will miss you at all, probably even be glad to get rid of you.

You are, of course, dead wrong.

*hugs*

Sharon S said...

It stinks when you lose a friend to suicide..I lost a friend to suicide 25 years ago- she had been staying at my house due to some family problems. I still think about it often. I'm sorry you lost a friend too.

Anonymous said...

This is a tough subject.

::jeremy::

Southernlace said...

I lost a cousin to suicide just about a month ago and its still so fresh and raw that I cant even put words to how I feel about it. I am angry that he did this to those of us left behind to mourn him and wonder if we could have helped him. I am also very sad because he left behind a new grandson and many many people who loved him very much. I am also sad becuae he didnt turn to anyone and no one saw this comming. Having said that I have to admit I can understand the suicidal mind set because Ive been there before many times .The one thing that keeps me from going over that edge is the hurt I would cause my kids and family....suicide kills more than just the person who's no longer breathing......ty for bringing this "wareness day" into the light Deb,bless ya

jumpinginpuddles said...

after attempting suicide and barely making it out alive, to a life now that is so different and worth it, i feel sad that people cant see it out to see it can get better.
We still hve to be so careful with deep depression but thank god we are still here.

traci said...

Five years ago in July my children's step mother completed suicide. It still haunts us all.

sandy,phd said...

And gay adolescent youth are one of the highest at-risk populations. Thanks for posting this, Deb.

Marj aka Thriver said...

Thanks for raising awareness, Dr. Deb! I didn't get around to an actual blog post on the day, but I Tweeted about it.