Today, September 10, is World Suicide Prevention Day. Unfortunately this cause is very close to me. I know several people who have considered suicide and even worse, I know some who committed suicide. Life is so fragile. Everyone needs to reach out and help prevent this cruelness.
Suicide Warning Signs:
- Talking about wanting to die or to kill themselves.
- Looking for a way to kill themselves, such as searching online or buying a gun
- Talking about feeling hopeless or having no reason to live.
- Talking about feeling trapped or in unbearable pain.
- Talking about being a burden to others.
- Increasing the use of alcohol or drugs.
- Acting anxious or agitated; behaving recklessly.
- Sleeping too little or too much.
- Withdrawing or isolating themselves.
- Showing rage or talking about seeking revenge.
- Displaying extreme mood swings.
Global Facts and Figures on Suicide:
- Every year, over 800,000 people die from suicide; this roughly corresponds to one death every 40 seconds.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
Resources for you to use and share:
- On Facebook, “attend” the World Suicide Prevention Day event to raise awareness, show support, and find tools to help.
- Follow @IASP on Twitter
This is the International Association for Suicide Prevention’s official Twitter account.
- Watch and Share IASP YouTube Videos
Learn more about World Suicide Prevention Day on the IASP YouTube channel.
- Suicide Prevention Hotline (US)
Please share about the Suicide Prevention Hotline and website everywhere you can. You may not know that someone you are friends with on Facebook or following on Twitter really needs this right now!
- Download the World Suicide Prevention Day Toolkit
A free PDF file with lots of links and resources to show support for this day http://goo.gl/TEvYHD
- Light a candle at 8pm
Across the globe we are asking that everyone light a candle near a window at 8pm (your time) to show your support for suicide prevention, to remember a lost loved one, and for the survivors of suicide. More info and postcards (like below) in multiple languages.
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