World Suicide Prevention DayBy TheStudentGuide
World Suicide Prevention Day was first observed in 2003 and now takes place every year on September 10.
An estimated 1million people die as a result of suicide every year - that’s one death every 40 seconds or about 3,000 every day. And according to the World Health Organisation, there are 20 failed suicide attempts for every one that succeeds. Suicide is the most common cause of death in people aged 15-24 and more people die from suicide than from murder or war.
In 2011, an estimated 40 countries held events to raise awareness of the occurance of this ever-present tragedy. Each year, the day has a theme and this year the theme is ‘Suicide Prevention across the Globe: Strengthening Protective Factors and Instilling Hope’. There are loads of events taking place all over the place which you can get involved with to do your part in raising awareness and help for others. Type it into google to find out what's going on near you.
The International Association for Suicide Prevention asks us to light a candle at 8.00pm and place it in a window to show our support.
This video by U Can Cope features compelling stories of surviving suicidal thoughts, with commentaries from Dr Alys Cole- King (a leading clinician in the field) and Professor Stephen Platt, an eminent academic.
If you yourself are feeling down in the mouth, there are people you can talk to. Friends, family and doctors will always listen to you, or if you want to talk to someone removed from your life then the Samaritans are available 24 hours a day on 08457 90 90 90, and at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Support is also available for people who have been bereaved, whether by suicide or other causes. Contact Cruse on 08444779400 or at email@example.com. Young people who are grieving can call the Cruse young people's helpline free on 08088081677 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.