World Suicide Prevention Day (WSPD) observed every year on 10th September is organized by the International Association for Suicide Prevention (IASP) in collaboration with the World Health Organisation (WHO).The aim of this day is to create awareness among people about the fact that suicide can be prevented.
‘Take a Minute, Change a Life’ is the theme of the 2017 World Suicide Prevention Day. It is to take time to notice what’s going on with your family, friends, colleagues, and yourself. It is about taking time to have those conversations when you notice something has changed and equipping yourself to help yourself and others. A caring, compassionate person at a difficult time can help turn things around. The small acts can be life changing. If you are concerned about someone, reach out and ask them if they want to talk. Take a minute to make a difference. It is okay to talk about suicide as it does not provoke the act of suicide; however can reduce anxiety and helps people feel understood.
According to WHO, worldwide about 800000 people die due to suicide (one death every 40 seconds) and for every suicide there are many more people who attempt suicide every year. Suicide is the second major cause of death among young people 15-29 years of age. The most common methods of suicide are ingestion of pesticide, hanging and firearms globally.
Some people are at risk of suicide, such as:
What you can do to offer your support:
“If you know someone who may be considering suicide, talk to them, listen with an open mind and offer your support”.
What you can do to take help; if you feel like life is not worth living-
If you feel like life is not worth living, worthlessness, hopelessness or negative and disturbing thoughts or feeling very lonely even when you have friends and family. You do not understand why you are feeling or thinking this way. Reach out for help. You are not alone. Help is available-
Social, psychological, cultural and other factors can interact to lead a person to suicidal behavior, but the stigma attached to mental disorders and suicide means that many people feel unable to seek help. Communities can play a critical role in suicide prevention. They can provide social support to vulnerable individuals and engage in follow-up care, fight stigma and support those bereaved by suicide.