TW: The subject of this post is suicide.
September 10th is World Suicide Prevention Day.
September is Suicide Prevention Month
Each is an annual event to raise awareness about the fastest growing health crisis in the world.
This past year nearly 800 000 people worldwide died by their own hand. This included virtually every country, culture and age group on the planet. Tragically, suicide is the second leading cause of death among young people 15-29 years old.
Scan any online community and you will find a significant number of young people expressing a desire to end their lives rather than live with excruciating emotional pain they experience. Their pain is often associated with a serious mental disorder such as borderline personality disorders, depression, bipolar or an eating disorder. Difficult life situations they encounter can provoke a strong emotional reaction that in turn may result in a suicide attempt. But it’s not just teens and young adults that are so affected. A similar cascade of events can occur in any age group in any place in the world.
You can learn more about World Suicide Prevention Day (Tuesday Sept 10) here
And if you are feeling urges to self-harm there is a directory of helplines around the world where you can find support available in your country.here
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Hi this isn't a review but a comment. The Mental Health Foundation here in the UK has released an infographic for suicide prevention day, using the word WAIT! It stands for:
W - Watch out for signs of distress and changes in behaviour.
A - Ask "are you having suicidal thoughts?"
I - It will pass. Assure your loved one that with help the feeling will pass.
T - Talk to others. Encourage your loved one to speak to their GP or another professional.
Hope that is helpful to someone,