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World Suicide Prevention Day - History, Significance and Theme

10 September, 2021 Anuja Sahi

An initiative to stop choosing the easy way to end life

Suicide seems to be a simple option to end your life and get out of conditions brought on by severe depression and anxiety. People, on the other hand, tend to look the other way when it comes to the serious problems and issues that come with it. People who consider ending their lives because things are not going their way are more likely to do it while ignoring the world, their families, and the friends they have left behind.

So in this article, let’s put a focus on the day that creates awareness among people to stop suicide attempts. World Suicide Prevention Day is celebrated every year on September 10th with an aim to prevent suicide attempts, and lead life patiently.

History of WSPD- World Suicide Prevention Day

World Suicide Prevention Day was commemorated on September 10, 2003 for the first time, marking the establishment of a day focused on creating awareness for suicide prevention. The International Association for Suicide Prevention (IASP), in partnership with the World Health Organization (WHO) and the World Federation for Mental Health (WFMH), commemorates World Suicide Prevention Day.

WSPD continues to grow year after year, with hundreds of activities ranging from educational and commemorative events to press briefings and public conferences being held in recent years in more than 60 countries. On September 10th, millions of people around the world connect to WSPD, and all thanks go to the Internet and social media coverage.

Significance of the day

We live busy lives and rarely have time to stop and process our thoughts, which is likely why mental health disorders or underlying difficulties go undiagnosed. Every 40 seconds, according to the World Health Organization (WHO), someone commits suicide somewhere in the world. As per the sources almost 8, 00,000 people die by suicide every year. The majority of these take place in developing and underdeveloped countries. These results are astounding, especially when one considers that suicide is preventable. Suicide is most commonly caused by undiagnosed and untreated mental illness. Every year, World Suicide Prevention Day (WPSD) is observed with the goal of raising public awareness about the dangers of suicide and how to avoid it at any cost. It is important to mention that people should talk to the victims about how to prevent suicide.

In light of the country's current circumstances, many laborers and farmers in our country commit suicide as a result of debt. The only thing on their minds is to get out of the predicament, so they chose suicide as an option, once again abandoning their family who must deal with the horrible scenario they left behind. Such circumstances, on the other hand, can be avoided by raising awareness of the notion that "difficult situations can be worked out in any way."

The theme for World Suicide Prevention Day 2021 is “Creating Hope Through Action”.

Events and activities held on World Suicide Prevention Day

Organizations, government agencies, and individuals use World Suicide Prevention Day to raise awareness about suicide, mental diseases linked to suicide, and suicide prevention. The International Association for Suicide Prevention (IASP) and the World Health Organization (WHO) are two organizations that are actively promoting this event.

Events and activities for the day include:

  • The inauguration of new government suicide prevention measures.
  • Conferences, open days, educational seminars, and public lectures are all examples of events.
  • Suicide prevention and awareness efforts in the media.
  • Memorial services or candlelight vigils are held to remember persons who have died by suicide.
  • Organizing cultural and spiritual activities, as well as fairs and exhibitions.
  • Publications about suicide awareness and prevention are being released.
  • Training related to Suicide and depression awareness.

Background

According to the World Health Organization, almost 3000 individuals commit suicide every day. Every year, over one million people commit suicide. Suicide is a major preventable cause of mortality that is influenced by psychosocial, cultural, and environmental risk factors. Suicide rates can be reduced with adequate prevention, according to substantial evidence.

Conclusion

Before, we mark the end of the blog; the most important thing to discuss is what we should do if someone tells that they are thinking about putting an end to their life? Suicide can be avoided. If someone is considering suicide, it should be taken seriously and without prejudice. Help the person find a professional and don't abandon them. It may be necessary to take emergency measures, such as calling a person in authority like police, or emergency helplines.