On September 10 every year, the world comes together to raise awareness about the issue of suicide with World Suicide Prevention Day. The initiative was first initiated by the International Association for Suicide Prevention in association with the World Health Organization (WHO).
According to official statistics from the World Health Organization, more than 7,00,000 people die worldwide each year due to suicide. This means that one person dies by suicide every 40 seconds. The number of people affected by suicide is also higher, with 25 failed attempts for every successful suicide attempt.
Suicide affects all of us as a society. By reducing the stigma around this issue, encouraging informed action, and raising awareness, we can do our part in combating this issue.
World Suicide Prevention Day is an opportunity to raise awareness against suicide and to disseminate information regarding resources and actions that may help reduce suicides globally. Here are some of the ways you can get involved in the cause:
What do you do on suicide prevention day?
1. Educate yourself and others.
Learning and developing understanding is an essential part of suicide awareness initiatives. Suicide Prevention Week is a great opportunity to educate yourself and others around you about suicide and other mental health issues.
Helping people understand what suicide is, its warning signs, and appropriate channels for relief can help reduce the high rates of suicide globally. This can enable people to help others and themselves in extreme situations.
2. Reach out to someone you think is in danger.
If you think someone you know is suffering, reach out to them and show them you care. While dealing with difficult circumstances, people often choose to remain in isolation because they feel like a burden to others. However, reaching out to them and showing them support may help them feel less alone. They may find the strength to ask for the help they need with your support.
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3. Change your attitude towards mental health issues.
The way a large part of society deals with mental health issues certainly does not help prevent suicide. This suicide prevention day chose to avoid the stigma around mental health issues and to rethink how you see the people who deal with them.
We need to develop empathy and understanding about mental health issues and provide a safe space for the people around us. This will allow them to accept everything they are going through and ask for help.
4. Donate to an organization.
Whether it’s $5 to $5,000 – every penny counts when potentially saving lives. Countless organizations are working to provide free health care services to people at risk of suicide. If you are in an advantageous position to extend money, donate to one of these organizations. This will help the person in need get the treatment they need. Moreover, it will enable the organization to increase the scope of its interventions.
Suicide is a global issue, and a dedicated effort from all corners of society is needed to address it. Through these steps, we hope that you will be able to participate and raise awareness for Suicide Prevention Day.
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