World Suicide Prevention Day

Suicide is a growing epidemic in the United States. It’s almost certain that someone we don’t know has tried suicide. Suicide is a serious problem that can affect all ages, genders and social strata. It seems almost impossible to avoid. World Suicide Prevention Day raises awareness and helps to prevent this terrible issue.

It’s a sad situation. In the United States, 42,773 people commit suicide every year. For each of those 25, it is a tragedy. It’s worse in other parts of the world. An estimated 800,000 people attempt suicide every year, that’s one per 40 seconds. It’s amazing that, just like the US statistic it’s estimated that 4 million people attempt suicide each year around the globe 25 times. It’s possible to see a ripple effect in suicide rates. People who have lost a loved one are more likely to attempt suicide.

There are many organizations, such as the World Health Organization, that fight this epidemic. They work with the philosophy of “Connect, Communicate and Care” to reduce or eliminate suicide rates.

Celebrating World Suicide Prevention Day means working to end suicide. The ideals above are one of the best ways to do this. You can connect with people who are in emotional distress or contemplating suicide. You can let them know that they are not alone and you are welcome to share a bit of yourself. Those who consider suicide often have a knack for recognizing false connections.

To truly allow others to feel safe and accepted without judgment, you must also open up the channels of Communication. People who are suffering from serious depression or suicidal thoughts are often told to “You’re making it up” and “You’re being dramatic.” When in reality, their struggles are real. World Suicide Prevention Day invites you to show compassion for those you care about and work to end this epidemic before someone you love is killed.

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