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September 10 is World Suicide Prevention Day


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September 10 is World Suicide Prevention Day (WSPD), a day to raise awareness about suicide and to focus on prevention and healing. Today is a day you can:

  • Help to understand suicide and risk factors that lead to suicide,
  • Explore resources to help yourself if you are experiencing suicidal thoughts, or
  • Help your community if anyone you know is showing concerning warning signs that may lead to suicide (see below).

Suicide has a profound effect on the world. The International Association for Suicide Prevention (IASP) and the World Health Organization (WHO) advise that approximately 800,000 people die due to suicide globally, and that suicide is the third leading cause of death globally among 15 to 29-year-olds.

If you are, or someone you know is struggling with thoughts of suicide or self-harm, please know you/they do not have to be alone.

Some warning signs of suicide include:

  • Thinking or talking about suicide
  • Having a plan for suicide
  • Withdrawal from family, friends or activities
  • Feeling like you have no purpose in life or reason for living
  • Increasing substance use, like drugs, alcohol and inhalants
  • Feeling trapped or that there's no other way out of a situation
  • Feeling hopeless about the future or feeling like life will never get better
  • Talking about being a burden to someone or about being in unbearable pain
  • Anxiety or significant mood changes, such as anger, sadness or helplessness

Reaching out and sharing thoughts and feelings can:

  • Reduce stress and bring relief
  • Help you to work through feelings
  • Help make options become more clear
  • Help reduce isolation
  • Help you feel empowered
  • Help you understand your thoughts and feelings
  • Connect you with local and regional professional support

An important take-away is that there is help and you do not have to be alone. When you reach out to a resource below, you will be listened to without judgement and with intent to understand and support.

If you are feeling suicidal, or you know someone you might be, please get help:

More information and additional resources