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Sep 06 2013

World Suicide Prevention Day – September 10, 213

wspdSeptember 10, 2013, marks World Suicide Prevention Day. Supported by the International Association for Suicide Prevention, in collaboration with the World Health Organisation, it notes than nearly one million people worldwide die by suicide each year. This works out to one death by suicide every 40 seconds.

Suicide is one of the leading causes of death in the world, especially among young people.. The number of lives lost each year through suicide exceeds the number of deaths due to homicide and war combined. These staggering figures do not include nonfatal suicide attempts which occur much more frequently than deaths by suicide.

A large proportion of people who die by suicide suffer from mental illness. Recent estimates suggest that the disease burden caused by mental illnesses will account for 25% of the total disease burden in the world in the next two decades, making it the most important category of ill-health (more important than cancer or heart diseases). Yet a significant number of those with mental illnesses who die by suicide do not contact health or social services near the time of their death. In many instances there are insufficient services available to assist those in need at times of crisis.

[pullquote align=”right” textalign=”left|center|right” width=”30%”]If you are feeling suicidal, call the Samaritans on 08457 90 90 90[/pullquote]This lack of access to appropriate care is one of the many factors that magnify the stigma associated with mental illness and with suicidal ideation and behaviour. This type of stigma, which is deeply rooted in most societies, can arise for different reasons.

If you are feeling suicidal, there are a number of things you can do.

  • Call Harrow Samaritans on 020 8427 7777 or call the national number 08457 90 90 90 or email them at jo@samaritans.org.
  • Talk to someone: a friend, teacher, colleague. Just talking can often help.

If a friend of yours is talking or thinking about suicide, talk to them. Offer support, listen to them, and don’t judge. Get them through each day, and encourage them to reach out for help.  As a person, all you can do is remind them how much they mean to you, feed them hope and be there for them.

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For more information on Harrow Samaritans, click here.

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