A suicide every forty seconds, says WHO
The International Association for Suicide Prevention (IASP) has released a message in preparation for World Suicide Prevention Day, which takes place on 10 September. 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.
On September 10, join with others around the world who are working towards the common goal of preventing suicide.
Check in on someone you may be concerned about, and start a caring conversation with them, asking them how they’re going. Investigate ways of connecting with others who are trying to prevent suicide in your community, your country, or internationally.
For more information or to get involved visit: www.iasp.info