Health : Today is World Suicide Prevention Day
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Today, September 10, is World Suicide Prevention Day (WSPD).
WSPD—organized and hosted by the International Association for Suicide Prevention (IASP) in collaboration with the World Health Organization (WHO) and the World Federation for Mental Health (WFMH)—is observed every year on September 10 to “raise awareness around the globe that suicide can be prevented.” WSPD started in 2003 and since then, around 40 countries around the world hold various activities during this day to highlight the issue and to remind people we are not alone and that someone out there is always willing to listen and help.
This year’s theme is “Working Together to Prevent Suicide” because it “highlights the most essential ingredient for effective global suicide prevention – collaboration.” In addition, IASP said, “We all have a role to play and together we can collectively address the challenges presented by suicidal behaviour in society today.”
— PinkNews (@PinkNews) September 10, 2018
Reportedly, over 800,000 people die by suicide each year or one person every 40 seconds. In addition, Suicide Prevention Australia said that some 65,000 people attempt suicide annually not to mention that “hundreds of thousands of people think of suicide.” This 2018 alone (and even these past few years) has seen celebrity deaths by suicide and very recently, that of a nine-year-old child due to homophobic bullying.
Indeed, suicide rates are higher in the LGBT community and it has been said time and again how “gay and bisexual men are four times more likely to attempt suicide in their lifetime than heterosexual men.” This probability is even higher for the LGB youth (almost five times as likely) and transgender adults (40% of them reportedly made a suicide attempt).
But what can we do to combat and prevent suicide? CDC says here are some of the things that we can do for our loved ones:
- Talk. Don’t hesitate to ask someone you are worried about if they’re thinking about suicide.
- Keep them safe. Reduce access to lethal means for those at risk.
- Be there with them. Listen to what they need.
- Help them connect with ongoing support like the Lifeline (1-800-273-8255).
- Follow up to see how they’re doing.
- Visit www.bethe1to.com to find out more on how we can help save a life and this link as well for helpful tips on what to do when a loved one is severely depressed and contemplating suicide.
Where to Get Help
If you or a loved one is having suicidal thoughts, call the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 1-800-273-TALK (8255) or contact the Crisis Text Line by texting TALK to 741741. You may also click here or go to SpeakingOfSuicide.com/resources for more resources.
The suicide action phone numbers for other countries are:
US – Trans Lifeline: 877-565-8860 Available 24/7
For the LGBT youth under 24, call TrevorLifeline—a crisis intervention and suicide prevention phone service available 24/7 at 1-866-488-7386
TrevorText—Text “Trevor” to 1-202-304-1200. Standard text messaging rates apply. Available Monday through Friday between 3pm–10pm EST / Noon–7pm PT.
Canada – Trans Lifeline: (877) 330-6366 Available 24/7
Helpline 1: 604-872-3311 (Greater Vancouver)
Helpline 2: 18666613311 (Toll free-Howe Sound/Sunshine Coast)
Helpline 3: 1-866-872-0113 (TTY)
Helpline 4: 1-800-SUICIDE (784-2433) (BC-wide)
Mental Health Crisis Line 1-866-996-0991 (Ottawa and Eastern Ontario)
Mental Help Health Line 1-866-531-2600 (Ontario)
Association québécoise de prévention du suicide: 1-866-APPELLE (1-866-277-3553)
Australia – For crisis or suicide prevention support for LGBTQI in Australia, please call Lifeline on 13 11 14 or visit www.lifeline.org.au/gethelp. Click here for other support services within Australia.
Singapore – Oogachaga Hotline – 6226 2002 (Tue to Thu 7pm to 10pm and Sat 2pm to 5pm)
Oogachaga WhatsApp – 8592 0609 (Tue to Thu 7pm to 10pm and Sat 2pm to 5pm)
Oogachaga face to face counselling – make an appointment
Samaritans of Singapore (SOS) 24-hour suicide prevention hotline – 1800 221 4444
Philippines – Natasha Goulbourn Foundation (632) 804-HOPE (4673) and 0917-558-HOPE (4673)
2919 (toll-free number for all GLOBE and TM subscribers)