World Suicide Prevention Day, observed on September 10 and sponsored by the International Association for Suicide Prevention, raises awareness around the globe that suicide can be prevented.
Suicide and non-fatal suicidal behavior are major public health problems across the world. Data from the WHO indicate that approximately one million people worldwide die by suicide each year. This corresponds to one death by suicide every 40 seconds. The number of lives lost each year through suicide exceeds the number of deaths due to homicide and war combined. Suicide attempts and suicidal ideation are far more common; for example, the number of suicide attempts is up to 20 times the number of deaths by suicide.
But, suicide is preventable. If you are despairing, contact a crisis center. Many people have found that talking helps to alleviate painful suicidal thoughts and feelings.
We ask you to continue making a difference in the lives of those at risk of suicide.
National Suicide Prevention Day Sponsor:
International Association for Suicide Prevention
To learn more, visit http://www.iasp.info/index.php
The awareness color for Suicide Prevention is Teal and Purple.