Reach out and save a life

Shannon Hopkins
September 10, 2015
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Today is World Suicide Prevention Day (WSPD), an awareness day observed on 10 September every year, in order to provide worldwide commitment and action to prevent suicides, with various activities around the world.

The theme of this year’s campaign is to ‘reach out’ to those in need.

We all know someone who has been having a rough few months, or a rough year. Take the time today to just ask them how they are doing.

A North Coast blogger wrote about the day, saying it was a matter close to her heart.

“Simply by reaching out to someone who you haven’t heard from in a while, or who is going through a rough patch in life, or has withdrawn from society. Just by asking them if they are ok could be putting wheels in motion for them to open up about their struggles and seek professional help.
“The light can shine again. Yes there might always be dark days but they do not hold the power to detract from the value of life. Tell your friend/ family member/ acquaintance that it isn’t weak to ask for help,” she said in her post.

The International Association for Suicide Prevention (IASP), collaborates with the World Health Organization (WHO) and the World Federation for Mental Health, to host World Suicide Prevention Day.

Suicide has a number of complex and interrelated and underlying contributing factors … that can contribute to the feelings of pain and hopelessness. Having access to means to kill oneself – most typically firearms, medicines and poisons – is also a risk factor.

As of 2011, an estimated one million people per year die by suicide or “a death every 40 seconds or about 3,000 every day.” According to WHO there are twenty people who have a failed suicide attempt for every one that is successful, at a rate approximately one every three seconds.[5][6] Suicide is the “most common cause of death for people aged 15 – 24.”[7] More people die from suicide than from murder and war; it is the 13th leading cause of death worldwide.[1][8] According to WHO, suicide accounts for nearly half of all violent deaths in the world.[6] Brian Mishara, IASP president, noted that, “more people kill themselves than die in all wars, terrorist acts and interpersonal violence combined.”
The number of people who die by suicide is expected to reach 1.5 million per year by 2020.

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