- Over 800 000 people die due to suicide every year.
- For every suicide there are many more people who attempt suicide every year. A prior suicide attempt is the single most important risk factor for suicide in the general population.
- Suicide is the second leading cause of death among 15–29-year-olds.
- 75% of global suicides occur in low- and middle-income countries.
- Ingestion of pesticide, hanging and firearms are among the most common methods of suicide globally.
(Facts from this website: http://www.who.int/mediacentre/factsheets/fs398/en/)
Connect, Communicate, Care is the theme of the 2016 World Suicide Prevention Day. These three words are the heart of suicide Prevention.
Every year on the 10th September, numerous events, campaigns, local activities call out for public attention to one of the world’s largest causes of premature and unnecessary death – Suicide.
How can we best connect with each other in a world that appears so disconnected?
By working with local communities, and WSPD, we can work together, share information, time and expertise and help can be given to those vulnerable to suicide, not just local but on an international level.
The aim of these activates is to promote increase awareness about the problem of suicide and to work to reduce suicide rates and the incidence of suicidal behaviour.
Suicide is like a disease, you do not know someone has it until it spreads and unfortunately sometimes it is too late. People are suffering in silence and it is up to YOU to make that difference in someone life and prevent them from making a mistake.
If you know someone you may be concerned about or someone you may not have spoken to in a while, start a caring conversation and see how they are doing. You never know you could be saving someone life.
Connect, Communicate, Care
More information can be found on the WSPD website: https://www.iasp.info/wspd/