World Suicide Prevention Day 2018
10th September 2018
Year after year suicide remains in the top 20 leading causes for death worldwide being responsible for over 800,000 deaths. This figure equates to one suicide happening every 40 seconds and remains a huge universal challenge. Every life lost represents someone’s child, partner, friend or colleague and many more are impacted by this loss. It has been estimated that approximately over 135 individuals suffer from every one life lost either from intense grief to being otherwise affected. This amounts to over 108 million people being impacted by suicidal behaviour every year.
Today (10th September 2018) marks World Suicide Prevention Day (WSPD) and we can all play a part in raising suicide prevention awareness and get involved. Joining together is crucial in preventing suicide, all members of the society need to work together using a multidisciplinary approach to reach our common goal in preventing suicidal behaviours. In the prevention of suicide, awareness is imperative. Having the understanding of how suicidal thoughts and/or behaviours become evident, and how to then intervene before it is too late is of vital importance.
Suicide is not straight forwards. It is complex and there is never a single instance or reason that leads someone to ending their life. Suicidal behaviours and thoughts have no boundaries; they can affect anyone regardless of gender, age or background. Although it is a very taboo topic that has over recent years been highly stigmatised, it is time to reach out and connect with those affected and raise awareness and understanding.
The International Association for Suicide Prevention (IASP) and the World Health Organisation (WHO) invite everyone to join in with showing support this year. Reaching out to people who are going through a difficult time can be all they need to feel a bit better. People who are feeling low or suicidal often feel that no-one cares. Small things like hearing from friends, family, feeling listened to or simply being told that ‘it is ok to talk’ can have a massive impact. 2018 is the first year with the theme “Working Together to Prevent Suicide.” This theme will also be retained for WSPD through 2019 and 2020. This theme has been chosen as it highlights the massive importance of collaboration in the prevention of suicide.
There are many ways to get involved all year round not just on this awareness day… The Samaritans are constantly working round the clock to help and support and are always looking for help. For more information on WSPD please visit: https://iasp.info/wspd2018/