The day is an annual event established to raise awareness about suicide across the globe and to promote working together to prevent suicide.
World Suicide Prevention Day is championed by the International Association for Suicide Prevention (IASP) who are dedicated to: preventing suicidal behaviour, alleviating its effects and providing a forum for academics, mental health professionals, crisis workers, volunteers and suicide survivors.
The day is an internationally recognised opportunity for people across the globe to raise awareness about rates of suicide, as well as the resources and services available to prevent it.
“Preventing suicide is often possible and you are a key player in its prevention! You can make a difference - as a member of society, as a child, as a parent, as a friend, as a colleague or as a neighbour.” - IASP
What can you do for the day?
If your or organisation would like to get involved with World Suicide Prevention Day there are plenty of things you can do.
“You can raise awareness about the issue, educate yourself and others about the causes of suicide and warning signs for suicide, show compassion and care for those who are in distress in your community, question the stigma associated with suicide, suicidal behaviour and mental health problems and share your own experiences.”- IASP