On the 10th of September, it is World Suicide Prevention Day. It is a day to create public awareness for one of the world’s largest causes of premature and unnecessary death.
The World Health Organization estimates that over 800 000 people commit suicide every year! That is one person every 40 seconds. The theme of this year’s World Suicide Prevention Day is: Working Together to Prevent Suicide. It is a reminder that suicide is not only a personal issue, but something which individuals around you could help with. No person should suffer alone. It is time for people to reach out to individuals in need.
The way to prevent suicide is through the recognition of warning signs. It is also knowing how to respond to them. If you believe that a friend or family member is suicidal, you can play a role in suicide prevention by pointing out the alternatives, showing that you care, and getting a doctor or psychologist involved.
Some signs to look out for:
These are just a few things to look out for. Taking the time to notice them and helping could make a big difference in the person’s life.
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