World Suicide Prevention Day – 10th September 2020
Suicide prevention remains a universal challenge.
Suicide is the result of a combination of genetic, psychological, social, cultural and other risk factors, sometimes combined with experiences of trauma and loss. People who take their own lives represent a heterogeneous group, with unique, complex and multidimensional causal influences that precede their final act. Such diversity presents challenges for suicide prevention experts and can often only be overcome by adopting a multilevel and cohesive approach to suicide prevention.
Suicidal behaviour includes suicide as well as suicidal ideation and suicide attempts. For every suicide, 25 people make a suicide attempt and many more have serious thoughts of suicide.
Every year, suicide is among the top 20 leading causes of death globally for people of all ages. Suicide is responsible for over 800,000 deaths, which equates to one suicide every 40 seconds. Every life lost represents someone’s partner, child, parent, friend or colleague and for each suicide approximately 135 people are affected.
World Suicide Prevention Day (WSPD) promotes worldwide commitment and action to prevent suicides.
This year the WSPD theme is “Working Together to Prevent Suicide.”
We all have a role to play and together we can collectively address the challenges presented by suicidal behaviour in society today. Click here to sign up for updates on World Suicide Prevention Day 2020, Cycle Around the Globe and the International Association for Suicide Prevention.
The IASP is preparing “World Suicide Prevention Day Light a Candle Near a Window at 8 PM” e-cards or postcards in various languages so supporters can send these reminders to friends, colleagues and loved ones. Click here to view.