Wednesday, September 05, 2012

World Suicide Prevention Day: September 10th

Every 40 seconds someone dies by suicide

Every 41 seconds someone's left to make sense of it.

That's over 1 million people who die by suicide each year. And millions more who grieve and mourn the loss of their loved one.

Suicide is THE most preventable kind of death. Education, resources, intervention and outreach can help children and adults who struggle with staggering sadness, hopelessness and despair.

World Suicide Prevention Day is September 10th sponsored by The International Association for Suicide Prevention, The World Health Organization, The United Nations and many more grass root health organizations and agencies world-wide.

This is the 10th anniversary of the World Suicide Prevention Day. Ten years of research, ten years of prevention, ten years of education and dissemination of information. This year's theme is "Suicide Prevention across the Globe: Strengthening Protective Factors and Instilling Hope."

  • To learn about the warning signs for suicidal behavior go here.
  • For suicide resources in the USA use this link - and for global resources go here.
  • And remember, there is always someone ready to talk to you any day, any time at 1 800 273 TALK


Raine said...

I'm writing that number in my phone book

Dr. Deb said...

I've kept it with me so many years that I now know it by heart.

STAG said...

Its a rare family which has no experience with suicide.

Dr. Deb said...

That is so true. Haven't been blogging much these days and haven't visited others' blogs as well....hope you're doing well.


Purple said...

Those stats are scary!

Dr. Deb said...

I know! The numbers are staggeringly high.

Anonymous said...

Preventing suicide? WHY?
Suicide is the ultimate expression of a person's autonomy: That courage should be applauded.

Dr. Deb said...

Everyone's entitled to their own opinion, Andrea. I couldn't agree less with you though.

Mark Pacitti said...

Hi Dr Deb

Great to see Mental Health Awareness days sprinkled the world over and throughout the calendar year - we had R U OK?Day in Australia last week where we simply ask people from the heart - R U OK?

On another forum recently I saw someone ask the question "when is Mental Health Awareness Week?" and someone responded sarcastically "online it seems to be every week" - well I see that as a huge leap forward and not a bad thing at all!


AdHoc said...

Suicide is not an expression of autonomy. It´s an act of desperation when you feel like you have no choices.
I speak from experience and am grateful for having gotten the help I needed when I hit my low point

Thank you for your blog Deb :)

Alex Brennt said...

The problem of suicide these days is really important. More and more people die, because they think that there is no point living. The only thing they need is someone to show them the possibilities they have