Today is World Suicide Prevention Day.
What is World Suicide Prevention Day?
According to the International Association for Suicide Prevention (IASP) website, it “is an opportunity for all sectors of the community – the public, charitable organizations, communities, researchers, clinicians, practitioners, politicians and policy makers, volunteers, those bereaved by suicide, other interested groups and individuals – to join with [them] to focus public attention on the needs of people at risk of suicide, suicide attempt survivors and people bereaved by suicide, with diverse activities to promote an understanding about suicide and highlight effective prevention activities.”
This site is jam-packed with useful information, brochures, interviews and resources. Much of it is downloadable. Resources are available in a variety of world languages (and there are requests for help with translations on many of their pages).
What to Do?
I’m keeping this one short and sweet because suicide is a serious matter.
They encourage supporters to light a candle near a window at 8 PM tonight, which I will be doing. Perhaps you will too?
You can also hop on over to their site (links scattered throughout this post and on images) and download any resources you may want or need or to visit their store for promotional items such as wristbands (sold out as of this writing), keychains and lapel pins. It doesn’t need to be September 10th to show your support for suicide prevention – any day, or every day, is a good day to support a worthy cause.
More resources. Learn. Support. Share.
In the U.S. National Suicide Prevention Lifeline: 1-800-273-8255 is available 24/7 to provide free and confidential support. Their website is also filled with educational material and resources, including referrals to local crisis centers and stories of hope and recovery.
More Topic-Related hashtags:
- #YouCanTalk (Australia – aims to empower and increase confidence in talking about suicide)
- #BeThe1To (US – spread the message, 5 steps to help someone in crisis)
- #StigmaFree / #CureStigma (general mental health campaign to see the person not their condition)
I’m sure this isn’t an all-inclusive list and I know there are a lot more resources and organizations out there, after all, this is a great big world we live in. Have some resources you’d like to share or some useful and relevant hashtags for other localities? Please drop a note in the comments below!
As always, Love & Light