‘Preventing Suicide: Reaching Out and Saving Lives’ is the theme of the 2015 World Suicide Prevention Day (WSPD), an initiative of the International Association for Suicide Prevention (IASP) and the World Health Organization (WHO). Since 2003, WSPD has taken place on September 10th as a day for individuals, organizations, and communities to focus on the role they play in combating suicide.
The theme this year is focused on human connection—the act of showing care and concern to others who may be vulnerable to suicide. While isolation can increase the risk of suicide, having strong connections can be a protective factor against suicide.
According to the recent World Health Organization (WHO) report: Preventing Suicide: A Global Imperative, over 800,000 people die by suicide across the world each year, a figure that is said to be conservative, considering the stigma associated with suicide. While the exact figure may be difficult to pinpoint, we know that each suicide is a tragic loss of life. WSPD is one way to bring a global awareness of the issue of suicide in all communities.
WHAT CAN YOU DO TO SUPPORT WORLD SUICIDE PREVENTION DAY?
Learn more about EMPACT-SPC’s Reach Out, Check In, Save a Life Suicide Prevention Campaign, which focuses on connecting as a response to the challenges of life. When people connect on a real and personal level, it can make a critical difference to someone who’s depressed, isolated, lonely. It can literally help save a life. Please visit: www.reachoutcheckin.org
Visit the Official World Suicide Prevention Day Facebook Event Page and join people from all over the world who are supporting World Suicide Prevention Day: survivors of suicide and the many volunteers and practitioners worldwide who work to alleviate suffering through evidence-based research and practices. https://www.facebook.com/events/255898161201511/
Attend the Suicide Prevention Awareness Week Rally at Tempe Market Place: Friday, September 11th, 7-10pm. Join us to learn more about valuable resources for teens, live music, raffles, prizes and lifesaving information.