September 10 is World Suicide Prevention Day
Every year, 160 million people worldwide contemplate suicide and, tragically, 800,000 of them die by suicide. This means that more than 159 million people survive suicide-related crises every year. There is no reason that anyone has to die by suicide and, if we all do our part, we can prevent those deaths that do happen and the devastating impact that they have.
If you are worried about someone, it’s best to start by asking general questions about their wellbeing. Bringing up the conversation can be difficult, try starting with something like: “I know you’ve been going through a lot lately. I want you to know I’m concerned about you.” If the response is worrisome, you can ask: “are you feeling safe?, and “do you think about suicide”?. It is a myth that asking or talking about suicide will put the idea in someone’s head. The power of coming together and reaching out to each other is immeasurable… It can save lives.
What can you do to raise awareness for suicide prevention and life promotion and to honour the lives that have been impacted by suicide?
- Organize a memorial service, candlelight ceremony, or walk to remember those who have been impacted by suicide and raise awareness.
- Light a flame of hope at 8 pm on September 10th.
- Post a message on your favourite Social Media platform and add a temporary frame to your profile on Facebook.
- Call a friend, colleague, family member for a chat or invite them for a coffee.
- Commit to at least five acts of kindness on WSPD (and every other day of the year).
Remember, suicide prevention is everyone’s responsibility!