Since 2003, World Suicide Prevention Day has taken place on 10th September each year, with the purpose of calling all individuals and organisations to raise awareness about suicide prevention. The World Health Organisation estimates that over 80,000 people around the world take their own life each year – that’s one person every 40 seconds. Research also suggests that 65,000 people attempt suicide each year and hundreds of thousands of people think about suicide.
This year’s theme is ‘Take a minute, change a life’ aimed at highlighting the importance of opening up conversations and taking the time to listen to others. Within all communities, if people work together, sharing information, expertise and time, then a great deal can be done to help those who are in need and vulnerable to suicide. It’s through this combined effort, that a difference to the lives of many can be made.
On Thursday 14th September R U OK? Day will also take place, to encourage more people to ask the question within their school, workplace or community. It’s important to remember that starting a conversation can help save lives and is a vital step towards challenging the stigma around mental health. You don’t have to be an expert to talk and listen, following the steps below can help you help others:
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