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Preventing suicide deaths

| Updated on March 10, 2018


As World Suicide Prevention Day comes up on September 10, consider this: the World Health Organization (WHO) estimates that over 800,000 people die by suicide each year – that’s one person every 40 seconds. Up to 25 times as many again make a suicide attempt, says the International Association for Suicide Prevention (IASP).

The tragic ripple effect means that there are many, many more people who have been bereaved by suicide or have been close to someone who has tried to take his or her own life. And this is happening in spite of the fact that suicide is preventable.

'Connect, communicate, care' is the theme of the 2016 World Suicide Prevention Day. These three words are at the heart of suicide prevention

The first World Suicide Prevention Day was held in 2003, an initiative of the IASP and the WHO.

Published on September 02, 2016

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