Creating Hope Through Action September 10th World Suicide Prevention Day – World News Report

Building hope through action September 10th World Suicide Prevention Day

WASHINGTON, USA, September 9, 2022 / — Approximately 703 000 people die by suicide worldwide each year, of which 77% of deaths occur in low- and middle-income countries (WHO, 2022). These global suicide rates are a major public health concern. Every life lost by suicide has a devastating impact on families, communities and nations.

To draw attention to this issue and raise awareness, September 10 is celebrated annually as World Suicide Prevention Day. The International Association for Suicide Prevention (IASP), formed on this day in 2003 in collaboration with the World Health Organization (WHO), to show that suicide can be prevented through evidence-based action. IASP leads global efforts to prevent and mitigate suicide and suicidal behavior.

As the convening organization, IASP has defined the theme for this year’s World Suicide Prevention Day as “Creating Hope Through Action”. “Creating Hope Through Action” is a reminder that there is an alternative to suicide and that our actions, no matter how big or small, can bring hope to those who are struggling. We can act by reaching out to someone who may be in trouble, encouraging understanding of the problem, and sharing our experience in a safe way. Through our actions, we can also communicate to people experiencing suicidal thoughts that there is hope and that we want to support them.

Thus, suicide prevention requires collective action from all of us if we are to achieve the Sustainable Development Goal (SDG) of reducing global suicide deaths by one-third by 2030. an important priority and recommends suicide prevention action not only in the health sector, but also in other sectors, such as the media, at the same time. The plan also calls on governments to develop and implement comprehensive national suicide prevention strategies with a focus on vulnerable groups.

IASP looks forward to everyone’s participation and active participation on this day. Together we can prevent suicide.

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Notes to editors:
International Association for Suicide Prevention
The International Association for Suicide Prevention (IASP) leads the global suicide prevention effort by developing an effective forum that actively engages in building strong partnerships and advancing evidence-based action to reduce suicide and suicidal behavior ( Founded in 1960, IASP is the largest international association for suicide prevention and relief and works closely with relevant international organizations.

World Suicide Prevention Day
World Suicide Prevention Day (WSPD) was first established in 2003 on September 10 by the IASP with the support of the World Health Organization (WHO). September 10 is celebrated every year as a way to draw attention to suicide issues around the world. Specific WSPD events have been held in over 70 countries to raise awareness of suicidal behavior worldwide.

Important Note: Journalists covering this topic are encouraged to include information on relevant helplines and websites. The following website provides detailed information about crisis centers around the world:

Journalists covering this topic are also advised to adhere to the following rules.

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