~World Suicide Prevention Day (WSPD) is an awareness day observed on 10 September every year, in order to provide worldwide commitment and action to prevent suicides, with various activities around the world. The first WSPD was held in 2003 and was an initiative of the International Association for Suicide Prevention IASP and the WHO). Since then, World Suicide Prevention Day has taken place on 10th September each year.
The World Health Organization (WHO) estimates that over 800,000 people die by suicide each year – that’s one person every 40 seconds. Up to 25 times as many again make a suicide attempt. The tragic ripple effect means that there are many, many more people who have been bereaved by suicide or have been close to someone who has tried to take his or her own life. And this is happening in spite of the fact that suicide is preventable. ‘Connect, communicate, care’ is the theme of the 2016 World Suicide Prevention Day. These three words are at the heart of suicide prevention. (Source: IASP)
The World Health Organization (WHO) estimates that over 800,000 people die by suicide each year – that’s one person every 40 seconds. Up to 25 times as many again make a suicide attempt.
More people in the world die from suicide than by war and murder combined.September 10 is World Suicide Prevention Day, and you can make a difference. By taking 5 minutes to get involved and become informed, you will be part of a worldwide movement to save lives.
Take5tosavelives.org is a project of the National Council for Suicide Prevention and is supported by other national organizations. To assist in IASP efforts, the National Council for Suicide Prevention (NCSP) launched the Take 5 to Save Lives campaign. The Take 5 campaign encourages everyone to take 5 minutes out of their day and complete five action items on September 10: Learn the warning signs, Join the movement, Spread the word, Support a friend, and Reach out. Each year, campaign materials are updated to reflect the current WSPD theme. The theme of the 2016 World Suicide Prevention Day is “Communicate. Connect. Care.”
The National Council for Suicide Prevention is a coalition of eight national organizations working to prevent suicide. The mission of the NCSP is to advance suicide prevention through leadership, advocacy and a collective voice. During the last year, these organizations have directly impacted the lives of over 2 million people and generated over 100 million media impressions. (Source: Take 5 to Save Lives)
I found this article… “Suicide Self-Assessment Scale – How Suicidal Are You?“ by Natasha Tracy @ Bipolar Burble. This is a very helpful tool. Check it out.
Natasha is a writer, speaker, and social media consultant. She has won numerous awards for her work on bipolar disorders. Her blog Bipolar Burble has been named one of the top 10en health blogs by Healthista, Healthline, and Health.com among others. There is little doubt that on this blog you will find only the highest level of information on bipolar disorders (something that the author herself suffers from).
Fostering connections with those who have lost a loved one to suicide or have been suicidal themselves is crucial to furthering suicide prevention efforts.
Social connectedness reduces the risk of suicide, so being there for someone who has become disconnected can be a life-saving act. Connecting them with formal and informal supports may also help to prevent suicide. Individuals, organisations and communities all have a responsibility here.
WHAT YOU CAN DO TO SUPPORT WORLD SUICIDE PREVENTION DAY
- Writing articles for national, regional and community newspapers, blogs and magazines
- Learning about connecting, communicating, caring and suicide prevention and mental health from materials found in IASP’s Web resource directory goo.gl/ok8R6m
- Downloading the World Suicide Prevention Day Toolkit that contains links to World Suicide Prevention Day resources and related Web pages goo.gl/dDqlrR
- Placing information on your website and using the IASP World Suicide Prevention Day Web banner, promoting suicide prevention in one’s native tongue. goo.gl/OJquho
- Securing interviews and speaking spots on radio and television
- Organizing memorial services, events, candlelight ceremonies or walks to remember those who have died by suicide
- Asking national politicians with responsibility for health, public health, mental health or suicide prevention to make relevant announcements, release policies or make supportive statements or press releases on WSPD
- Holding depression awareness events in public places and offering screening for depression
- Organizing walks to political or public places to highlight suicide prevention
- Distributing leaflets, posters and other written information
- Organizing concerts, BBQs, breakfasts, luncheons, contests, fairs in public places
- Writing editorials for scientific, medical, education, nursing, law and other relevant journals
- Holding training courses in suicide and depression awarenessJoining us on the official World Suicide Prevention Day Facebook Event Page goo.gl/1x8lVK
- Supporting suicide prevention 365 days a year by becoming a Facebook Fan of the IASP goo.gl/S7zalS
- Following the IASP on Twitter (www.twitter.com/IASPinfo), tweeting #WSPD or #suicide or #suicideprevention
- Creating a video about suicide prevention goo.gl/I6Jrmg
- Lighting a candle a candle, near a window at 8 PM in support of: World Suicide Prevention Day, suicide prevention and awareness, survivors of suicide and for the memory of loved lost ones. Find “Light a Candle Near a Window at 8 PM” postcards in various languages at: goo.gl/9Ic1en
- Participating in the World Suicide Prevention Day – Cycle Around the Globe goo.gl/csdyvG
REMEMBER, “SUICIDE IS 100% PREVENTABLE“…
You can play a part in preventing suicide.
Every day can be suicide prevention day…
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