World Suicide Prevention Day: what you can do to get involved
Thursday 08 September 2011
On September 10, people around the globe will honor World Suicide Prevention Day, an event that promotes suicide awareness and efforts to prevent suicide.
Every day 3,000 people end their own lives, and for every person who dies, there are 20 more people who unsuccessfully attempt a suicide, according to the World Health Organization (WHO).
Sponsored by the WHO and the International Association for Suicide Prevention, the day offers hundreds of organized activities - including walks, conferences, talks, and memorials - spanning the globe from Greenland to Australia. On the event website, you can also download a suicide prevention toolkit to learn how to help a friend in need.
This year's theme is "Preventing Suicide in Multicultural Societies," which aims to raise awareness of a country's need for cultural sensitivity when it comes to reaching out to its varying ethnic groups.
The US-based National Center for Suicide Prevention has also launched a "Take 5 to Save Lives" campaign that summarizes ways you can help prevent suicide - simple steps such as learning the signs of suicidal behavior, spreading the word about World Suicide Prevention Day, and asking for help if you are concerned about your own well-being.
To help show your support and raise awareness, organizers also suggest that you light a candle at 8pm and place it in a window in your home to honor the day.
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