World Suicide Prevention Day
World Suicide Prevention Day (WSPD) is an awareness day observed on 10 September every year, in order to provide worldwide commitment and action to prevent suicides, with various activities around the world since 2003.
An estimated one million people per year die by suicide or about one person in 10,000 (1.4% of all deaths), or “a death every 40 seconds or about 3,000 every day”. As of 2004 the number of people who die by suicide is expected to reach 1.5 million per year by 2020.
On average, three male suicides are reported for every female one, consistently across different age groups and in almost every country in the world. “Conversely, rates of suicide attempts tend to be 2-3 times higher in women than in men, although the gender gap has narrowed in recent years.”
More people die from suicide than from murder and war; it is the 13th leading cause of death worldwide. According to WHO there are twenty people who have a failed suicide attempt for every one that is successful, at a rate approximately one every three seconds. Suicide is the “most common cause of death for people aged 15 – 24.”
If you or someone you know needs help… there are many services you can contact to help:
Mental Health Access Service 1300 MH CALL (1300 642 255)
details here https://www.health.qld.gov.au/__data/assets/pdf_file/0033/628386/mh-act.pdf
Counselling services for anyone at any time.
Phone 13 11 14
Telephone and online counselling for young people aged 12-25.
Phone 1800 551 800
Nationwide service that provides 24/7 counselling to people who are affected by suicide.
Phone 1300 659 467 or online at https://www.suicidecallbackservice.org.au/
Information and referral for depression and anxiety.
Phone 1300 224 636
StandBy Support for those left behind – http://standbysupport.com.au/