Today, September 10th, is World Suicide Prevention Day, many people and organizations around the world will be gathering together, to raise awareness about the topic of Suicide as well as give support to those who are in need.
According to IASP, the International Association for Suicide Prevention,
” WORLD SUICIDE PREVENTION DAY is an opportunity for all sectors of the community – the public, charitable organizations, communities, researchers, clinicians, practitioners, politicians and policy makers, volunteers, those bereaved by suicide, other interested groups and individuals – to join with the International Association for Suicide Prevention and the WHO to focus public attention on the unacceptable burden and costs of suicidal behaviours with diverse activities to promote understanding about suicide and highlight effective prevention activities.”
The theme for WSPD this year is ‘Stigma: A Major Barrier to Suicide Prevention’, Suicide is one of the leading causes of death in the world, especially among teenagers. Those suffering from a mental illness, such as depression, who die by suicide do not contact health or social services near the time of their death and in many instances there are insufficient services available to help in a time of crisis. This helps to stimulate the stigma surround mental illness and suicide, it is, unfortunately, a stigma that is rooted in many societies.
World Suicide Prevention Day does not only offer support and activities in the real world, but the virtual world also. Second Life’s Survivors of Suicide offers 24/7 peer-to-peer support in world as well as education on how to prevent suicide and deal with depression.
For More information on World Suicide Prevention Day and How you can get involved, please visit The International Association for Suicide Prevention Website.