World Suicide Prevention Day

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World Suicide Prevention Day – 10 September, 2015

2015 World Suicide Prevention Day banner in English

Prof. Ella Arensman, President of the International Association for Suicide Prevention (IASP), inaugurates World Suicide Prevention Day 2015 with a positive message of reaching out and saving lives to prevent suicide across the globe.

 

Join us and Light a Candle near a Window at 8 PM on World Suicide Prevention Day

Light a candle near a window at 8 PM on World Suicide Prevention Day September 10th

Summary

September 10th is World Suicide Prevention Day. The National Wellbeing Service, the International Association for Suicide Prevention (IASP) and the World Health organization (WHO) are encouraging people to light a candle near a window at 8 PM to show support for suicide prevention, to remember a loved one lost through suicide, and for the survivors of suicide.

The International Association for Suicide Prevention (IASP) and the World Health Organization (WHO) co-sponsor World Suicide Prevention Day every year on September 10th. The (name of your organization), IASP and WHO are encouraging people to light a candle near a window at 8 PM to show support for suicide prevention, to remember a lost loved one through suicide and for the survivors of suicide.

Lighting a Candle near a Window at 8 PM offers people who cannot participate in a World Suicide Prevention Day event the opportunity to observe the Day in a private and personal way.

The theme of World Suicide Prevention Day this year is “Suicide Prevention: One World Connected.” Every year, over 800,000 people die from suicide; this roughly corresponds to one death every 40 seconds. The number of lives lost each year through suicide exceeds the number of deaths due to homicide and war combined. Suicide is the fifth leading causes of death among those aged 30-49 years in 2012 globally. Suicide is the second leading cause of death in the 15-29 years age group in 2012 globally. Overall, it is estimated that during 2012 for each adult who died of suicide there were over 20 others who made suicide attempts.

The psychological pain that leads each of these individuals to take their lives is unimaginable. In 2012, suicide accounted for 1.4% of all deaths worldwide, making it the 15th leading cause of death. Mental disorders (particularly depression and alcohol use disorders) are a major risk factor for suicide in Europe and North America; however, in Asian countries impulsiveness plays an important role.

Suicide is complex with psychological, social, biological, cultural and environmental factors involved. Connectedness is crucial to individuals who may be vulnerable to suicide. Studies have shown that social isolation can increase the risk of suicide and, conversely, that having strong human bonds can be protective against it. Reaching out to those who have become disconnected from others and offering them support and friendship may be a life-saving act.

IASP has prepared special Light a Candle near a Window at 8 PM postcards or e-cards in various languages so supporters can send these reminders to friends, colleagues and loved ones. Also, these postcards can be used by bloggers, writers and others so that they can share information about suicide, suicide prevention and World Suicide Prevention Day. Postcards can be downloaded from the IASP Web site at https://goo.gl/ZXnYzS.

The National Wellbeing Service has been set up by a group of psychologists and health educators in 2015 who want to provide up-to-date wellbeing-related information, guidance and research to the public and health professionals.

The key objects for which the National Wellbeing Service is established are:

3.1.1 The provision of an online national wellbeing information service.
3.1.2 The provision of the training, education and professional development of health professionals and affiliated fields and all related services and facilities.
3.1.3 The provision of training and consultancy services for companies, organisations and the community.

We promote and support health and wellbeing campaigns. We are promoting the World Suicide Prevention Day by using social media to inform people around the world about the event.

The IASP was established in Vienna, in 1960, by the late Professor Erwin Ringel, IASP is the key Non-Government Organization in official relations with the World Health Organization in addressing suicide. IASP is a unique multidisciplinary organization with its membership coming from 50 countries, primarily from the mental health professions, but with additional members from such disciplines as sociology, social work, anthropology, medicine, public health, education, corrections, probation, coroners/medical examiners, pathology and philosophy.

National Wellbeing Service Ltd

IASP – World Suicide Prevention Day
http://www.iasp.info/wspd/

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