Suicide Prevention and Awareness

Suicide Awareness & Prevention Resources Pack

Every 40 seconds, someone takes their own life.

September 10th is World Suicide Prevention Day, a global observance to raise awareness about suicidality, reduce stigma, and encourage help-seeking for the prevention of suicide amongst all people - young, old, and the in-between.

Every suicide is a tragedy and while it may be difficult to understand completely why anyone might come to this decision, it typically involves unbearable emotional, physical, or mental anguish that pushes the victim to extreme choices.

According to the WHO, more than 700,000 people die due to suicide every year, not counting the number of attempted suicides, most of whom are from low- to middle-income countries.

Poor mental health such as depression and substance abuse disorders are major risk factors for suicide, however, many suicides happen in moments of crisis when there is a breakdown in the ability to deal with stressors. In addition, experiencing conflict, disaster, violence, abuse, or loss and a sense of isolation are strongly associated with suicidal behaviours. Suicide rates are high amongst vulnerable groups who experience discrimination, such as refugees and migrants; indigenous peoples; lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, intersex (LGBTI) persons; and prisoners. By far the strongest risk factor for suicide is a previous suicide attempt.

Download the Suicide Awareness and Prevention Resources Pack to read more. It might help save a life. 

Written by:
Naluri
Published:
9 September 2022