World Suicide Prevention Day (WSPD) is an annual event on September 10 dedicated to raising awareness of suicide as a global health priority. It began in 2003 with the founding of the World Federation for Mental Health, an organization that supports research and initiatives to prevent suicides around the world.
1. Suicide Facts
The suicide rate in the United States has risen to a 30-year high, according to a new report from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. The annual suicide rate increased 24% between 1999 and 2014, from 10.5 per 100,000 people to 13 per 100,000 people in 2014. During that time period, the gun suicide rate rose from 6.3 per 100,000 people to 8.7 per 100,000 people – an increase of 31%. Suicide is one of the leading causes of death in the United States, and it’s more prevalent than you may realize. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) reports that suicide rates have increased by 25% in half of all states between 1999 and 2016.
2. Preventing suicide in your community
Recent statistics show that suicide is on the increase, with more than 41,000 American lives lost to suicide each year. This disturbing trend has put the subject of suicide prevention on many community organizations’ agendas. While this topic can be difficult to approach, it doesn’t have to be. Community organizations are in a unique position to encourage open conversations about suicide and educate people about how they can help prevent it.
3. What to do if someone needs help?
If you’re a friend or acquaintance of a person who needs help, first ask if they need assistance. If so, there are ways to provide it without putting yourself in danger.
5. How to prevent suicide in the future?
Suicide is the act of intentionally causing one’s own death. Suicide is often committed out of despair or attributed to some underlying cause, such as mental illness , and can be fatal. The most common suicide method in developed countries is hanging . Deaths from suicide occurred on average 3.9 times more frequently in high-income regions than in low-income regions.Suicide is a growing problem in the United States. According to the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention, there are over 400,000 suicide attempts reported in the US each year. More than 100 people die by suicide every day.
The National Institute of Mental Health reports that 13% of Americans have had thoughts of suicide, and 3% have made an attempt on their own life. The annual costs related to suicidal behavior are estimated at $44 billion or more per year.
Today is World Suicide Prevention Day (WSPD). The mission of WSPD is to raise awareness of suicide as a global health priority, and create a movement that will change attitudes towards suicide, reduce stigmas associated with mental illness and suicidal behavior, and promote help-seeking behaviors. The theme for this year’s annual observance is “Suicide prevention across the globe: Strengthening protective factors and reducing risk factors”