Suicide is among the top 20 leading causes of death globally for people of all ages. Annually, it is responsible for over 800,000 deaths, which equates to one suicide every 40 seconds and for every suicide, 25 people make a suicide attempt and many more have serious thoughts of suicide.
For each suicide, approximately 135 people suffer intense grief or are otherwise affected. This amounts to 108 million people per year who are profoundly impacted by suicidal behaviour.
Preventing suicide is often possible and this year World Suicide Prevention Day is on 10 September. This aims to raise awareness about the issue, to provide information to educate ourselves and others about the causes of suicide and warning signs for suicide.
Every year, organisations and communities, around the world, come together on World Suicide Prevention Day, held on 10th September, to raise awareness of how we can create a world where fewer people die by suicide. This has been in place since 2003 and is recognised in around 40 countries globally.
Each year has a different theme and focus, to bring to light a specific aspect of suicide prevention. This year’s theme is ‘Working Together to Prevent Suicide’ which has been chosen as it highlights the most essential ingredient for effective global suicide prevention and collaboration.
Research suggests that suicide prevention efforts are much more effective if they cover multiple levels and incorporate multiple interventions and it this can often involve family, friends, healthcare professionals, co-workers, community members, schools and universities and religious leaders.
Mental Health issues are something that we may all deal with at one time or another. To prevent us feeling worthless, useless and to prevent us feeling suicidal, it is important we deal with our mental health and make that our number one priority.
As the statistics show that isn’t happening, but with the help and support we can bring those numbers down. I know what it’s like to live with mental health issues dealing with anxiety, brought about through autism.
If you are struggling with mental health issues, or you know someone else who is, please think about getting help.
Source: Samartitans.org & IASP.info