6 things you need to know for World Suicide Prevention Day
World Suicide Prevention Day is an annual event organised by International Association for Suicide Prevention (IASP) and the World Health Organisation (WHO). It’s held on 10th September every year with the purpose of raising awareness of and preventing suicide.
Here are six things you need to know for World Suicide Prevention Day:
- The number of people taking their own lives is higher than you think
More than 800,000 people take their lives each year across the world. Tens of thousands more attempt suicide. In the UK and ROI, more than 6,000 people die by suicide a year - an average of 18 a day.
- 2017 had the highest number of suicides in 15-19 year old females
Since records began 56 girls and women between the ages of 15 and 19 killed themselves last year, which is the highest number in this group since records began in 1981.
- In 2017 there was one death by suicide every two hours
The Mental Health Foundation states that 6000 suicides occurred in the UK in 2017, meaning that one person died from suicide every two hours.
- Mental health is a massive factor in terms of suicide
Statistically speaking 90% of people who kill themselves have a pre-existing mental health condition or are suffering from mental health problems at the time of their suicide.
- Causes are sometimes treatable
There are many reasons why someone may choose to take their lives, but medical and/or psychiatric conditions that could lead to this are potentially treatable.
- Anyone can help those who are feeling suicidal
People who are considering taking their own life may not always be vocal about this fact, but if you are concerned about someone, you can help. Check out Mind’s guide on supporting someone who feels suicidal.
If you would like to know more information regarding any of the above points, or the support available for those who may be feeling suicidal, please visit www.nspa.org.uk.
Pulse AHP, HSS, Social Work, Executive & Psychological Therapies are proud supporters of the National Suicide Prevention Alliance and are currently fundraising to support the charity.