World Suicide Prevention Day (WSPD) provides the opportunity for people, across the globe, to raise awareness of suicide and suicide prevention. World Suicide Prevention Day (WSPD), on 10 September, is organized by the International Association for Suicide Prevention (IASP). WHO has been co-sponsor of the day. The purpose of this day is to raise awareness around the globe that suicide can be prevented. In past years, over 300 activities in around 70 countries were reported to IASP, including educational and commemorative events, press briefings and conferences, as well as Facebook and Twitter coverage. In this blog, we will discuss about World Suicide Prevention Day 2022.
World Suicide Prevention Day 2022 – Date
World Suicide Prevention Day is observed on 10th September 2022, Saturday
Theme of World Suicide Prevention Day 2022
A different theme is established every year for World Suicide Prevention Day, and every theme aims in highlighting a particular aspect of suicide and how it can be forbidden. For example, in 2003, the theme was “Suicide Can Be Prevented!”, in 2012, the theme was “Suicide Prevention across the Globe: Strengthening Protective Factors and Instilling Hope”; and in 2016, the theme was “Connect, Communicate, Care.”
World Suicide Prevention Day 2019 theme was “Working Together To Prevent Suicide” to highlights the essential ingredient for effective global suicide prevention. The new theme for World Suicide Prevention Day 2021-2023: “Creating Hope Through Action”.
History of World Suicide Prevention Day
On 10 September 2003, World Suicide Prevention Day was first observed by the International Association for Suicide Prevention (IASP) and the World Health Organisation.
In 2014, the first WHO World Suicide report was released “Preventing Suicide: A Global Imperative,” which aimed at suicide prevention and making it a high priority on the global public health agenda.
In 1960, The International Association of Suicide Prevention was established by the late Professor Erwin Ringel and Dr. Norman Faberlow in Vienna. Currently, it consists of professionals and volunteers from 77 countries, and it is a Non-Governmental Organisation that is concerned with suicide prevention.
Some Facts about Suicide Prevention Day.
- 1 in 100,000 children aged between 10 and 14 dies by suicide every year.
- Lesbian, gay, and bisexual children are 3 times more likely than straight children to attempt suicide at some point in their lives.
- Suicide rates among the elderly are highest for those who are divorced or widowed.
- 12.7 in 100,000 young adults aged between 20-24 die by suicide each year.
- Females are more likely than males to have had suicidal thoughts.
- Poisoning is the most common method of suicide in females.
- There is one suicide for every estimated 25 suicide attempts.
- Suicide is the 10th leading cause of death in the US for all ages.
- 80% -90% of people that seek treatment for depression are treated successfully by therapy and/or medication.
- In a study, 41% of transgender adults state they had attempted suicide. The same study found that 61% of transgender people who were victims of physical assault had attempted suicide.
Quotes for World Suicide Prevention Day
- “A bridge of silver wings stretches from the dead ashes of an unforgiving nightmare
to the jeweled vision of a life started anew.”
- “Each star is a mirror reflecting the truth inside you.”
- “Hearts rebuilt from hope resurrect dreams killed by hate.”
- “Most people are slow to champion love because they fear the transformation it brings into their lives. And make no mistake about it: love does take over and transform the schemes and operations of our egos in a very mighty way.”
- “Love is our most unifying and empowering common spiritual denominator. The more we ignore its potential to bring greater balance and deeper meaning to human existence, the more likely we are to continue to define history as one long inglorious record of man’s inhumanity to man.
- “When you feel like giving up, just remember the reason why you held on for so long.”
- “If you are looking for a sign not to kill yourself, this is it.”
- Place your hand over your heart, can you feel it? That is called purpose. You’re alive for a reason so don’t ever give up.”
- “Because if you kill yourself, you’re also going to kill the people who love you.”
How can we contribute during COVID 19 towards World Suicide Prevention Day?
World Suicide Prevention Day can be observed while staying safe at home amid COVID-19 situations across the world. This pandemic has changed the world and all of our daily lives. World Suicide Prevention Day aims to spread awareness about the importance of life and suicide, not being the solution to any problem. So, by staying at home, you can talk about suicide prevention to people you know or even on your social media platform using #WorldSuicidePreventionDay.
You can also connect with people and stretch out your hand to someone who may need your help. It’s widely known that some behaviors indicate the possibility of suicide. All of us can learn the warning signs of suicidal “ideation” if we research it.
Talking about this issue is an essential first step in ridding society of the idea that mental health issues should remain hidden. On World Suicide Prevention Day, host or attend a panel discussion on how psychological problems intensify thoughts of suicide.
World Suicide Prevention Day provides many resources for people to learn more about the reasons for suicide and how to prevent them. There are countless books, films, and events to get you in the right direction. Knowledge is not only power — knowledge can save someone’s life.
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