World Suicide Prevention Day 2022, September 10th: World Suicide Prevention Day (WSPD) is celebrated annually on September 10th. WSPD is organized by the International Association for Suicide Prevention (IASP) and endorsed by the World Health Organization (WHO). World Suicide Prevention Day represents a global commitment to focus attention on suicide prevention.
As per World Health Organization (WHO), 'An estimated 703,000 people a year take their life around the world. For every suicide, there are likely 20 other people making a suicide attempt, and many more have serious thoughts of suicide. Millions of people suffer intense grief or are otherwise profoundly impacted by suicidal behaviours.'
World Suicide Prevention Day Aim
World Suicide Prevention Day aims to put the issue on the agenda globally and regionally, but it also seeks to show that action must be taken locally, and this action starts with you and me, and everyone has a role to play in it.
The Day underlines the responsibility of all of us to help save lives that may be at stake.
As per WHO, these are the facts:
For every person who commits suicide, 20 or more may attempt to end their lives.
Suicide is the fourth leading cause of death among 15-19-year-olds.
77% of suicides in the world occur in low- and middle-income countries.
World Suicide Prevention Day History
World Suicide Prevention Day is observed on September 10th every year to support the global commitment to prevent suicides.
Various events and activities are organized on this occasion to promote the fact that suicide is preventable.
World Suicide Prevention Day (WSPD) was established in 2003 in conjunction with the World Health Organisation (WHO) and is significant advocacy and communication-based event aimed at reaching national organizations, governments and the general public, giving a singular message that suicide can be prevented.
World Suicide Prevention Day 2022 Theme
"Creating hope through action" is the triennial theme for World Suicide Prevention Day from 2021 - 2023. This theme is a reminder that there is an alternative to suicide and aims to inspire confidence and light in all of us.
Why is World Suicide Prevention Observed?
World Suicide Prevention Day is a time to reflect on the value of life and that no matter how bad things seem, there's always hope. Many people know somebody who has taken their own life or someone who has lost a friend or family member to suicide.
By creating awareness through this Day, we can take action to prevent this loss. It also reminds society that it needs consistent and increasing advocacy for mental health resources so that people struggling with mental health illnesses can find the help they need.
You Can Be The Light
By encouraging understanding, reaching in and sharing experiences, we want to give people the confidence to take action. Preventing suicide requires us to become a beacon of light to those in pain.