World Suicide Prevention Day

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2022 Date10 September 2022
2023 Date10 September 2023
World Suicide Prevention Day

World Suicide Prevention Day History

World Suicide Prevention Day seeks to prevent suicide through the use of mental health awareness. This day encourages taking a look at the problems within society that may cause suicide or the desire to commit suicide. It aims to promote a worldwide message of hope by creating a movement to help those struggling.

World Suicide Prevention Day was established in 2003 by the International Association for Suicide Prevention. It is observed annually on September 10th.

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World Suicide Prevention Day Facts

  • The theme World Suicide Prevention Day 2021 willbeswas: Creating Hope Through Action.
  • According to the International Association for Suicide Prevention, globally, about 800,000 people commit suicide each year.
  • It is estimated that about 79% of global suicides occur in low and middle-income countries.
  • According to the International Association for Suicide Prevention, suicide is the 2nd leading cause of death in the world among young people aged 15 to 29.

World Suicide Prevention Day Top Events and Things to Do

  • Participate in the worldwide lighting of a candle on September 20th at 8:00pm E.T. This act of remembrance demonstrates support for suicide prevention. It allows those who lost a love one to remember them. It also serves as an aid for survivors of suicide.
  • Explore Find a Helpline, a free online tool that connects people to helplines. This tool was established by the non-profit Live for Tomorrow and is available in over 50 countries. It lists over 1,400 services for those seeking help either for themselves or for others.
  • Watch a movie that touches on mental health. Some suggestions are:
    1) Silver Linings Playbook (2012)
    2) The Perks of Being a Wallflower (2012)
    3) It's Kind of a Funny Story (2010)

World Suicide Prevention Day - References and Related Sites

www.iasp.info: World Suicide Prevention Day
iasp.info: Annual IASP Report

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