Today is World Suicide Prevention Day.
The World Health Organization estimates that over 800,000 people die by suicide each year – that’s one person every 40 seconds.
Up to 25 times as many people again make a suicide attempt.
The tragic ripple effect means that there are many, many more people who have been bereaved by suicide or have been close to someone who has tried to take his or her own life.
This is happening in spite of the fact that suicide is preventable.
'Connect, communicate, care' is the theme of the 2016 World Suicide Prevention Day. These three words are at the heart of suicide prevention.
Today, September 10th, is an opportunity to join with others around the world who are working towards the common goal of preventing suicide. Check in on someone you may be concerned about, and start a caring conversation with them, asking them how they’re going. Investigate ways of connecting with others who are trying to prevent suicide in your community, your country, or internationally.
The first World Suicide Prevention Day was held in 2003 and was an initiative of the International Association for Suicide Prevention and the World Health Organization (WHO). Since then, World Suicide Prevention Day has taken place on 10th September each year.
For more information, visit the International Association for Suicide Prevention
You can join the conversation at https://www.iasp.info/wspd/ or on social media at https://www.facebook.com/events/1054474904622617/ and https://twitter.com/IASPinfo