What is World Suicide Prevention Day?
Every year organizations and communities around the world come together to raise awareness of how we can create a world where fewer people die by suicide.
Each year has a different theme and focus, to bring to light a specific aspect of suicide prevention. This year we are focusing on the theme of connection and working together to prevent suicide.
World Suicide Prevention Day 2020 will be celebrated virtually this year by spreading information about suicide prevention via social media platform.
When is it?
Suicide Prevention Day is observed on 10th September each year.
Why is it important?
Suicide is now recognized as a public health issue in almost every country. Suicide rates have been increasing gradually to the extent that it has become one of a major cause of death worldwide. It is important to identify the early warning signs and factor that can lead to suicide.
The ongoing pandemic has affected mental health majorly. Staying at home, low physical activity, less socializing and unexpected changes in the way everything works has made it important to highlight suicide prevention.
Who is at a risk? Know prevention.
We know that suicide is preventable, not inevitable. However, not being okay is still widely stigmatized. And governments can still make better, more ambitious plans to prevent suicide.
People are often reluctant to intervene, for many reasons, including a fear of not knowing what to say. Empathy, compassion, genuine concern, knowledge of resources and a desire to help are key to preventing a suicide.
Prevention is something that we can all individually help with. Talking to a friend or family member about their suicidal thoughts and feelings can be extremely difficult for anyone. But if you’re unsure whether someone is suicidal, the best way to find out is to ask.
Suicidal reactions may vary from anger, distress, ridicule, anxiety, tension, fear, sadness or any intentional determination to end one’s life.
The advice ‘WAIT’ is one good way to remember how you can support another person who may be suicidal. It stands for:
W – Watch out for signs of distress and changes in behaviour
A – Ask “are you having suicidal thoughts”
I – It will pass – assure the individual that with help the suicidal feelings will pass with time
T – Time to talk to others – encourage the individual to seek help from their counselling provision or GP