World Suicide Prevention Day


Saturday 10th September is World Suicide Prevention Day.

Organised by the International Association for Suicide Prevention and the World Health Organisation the day is an opportunity to broaden understanding about suicide and highlight effective prevention activities.

Tragically 800 000 people die to suicide each year and up to 25 times more make a suicide attempt.

Other WHO Key Facts about Suicide:

  • For every suicide there are many more people who attempt suicide every year. A prior suicide attempt is the single most important risk factor for suicide in the general population.
  • Suicide is the second leading cause of death among 15–29-year-olds.
  • 75% of global suicides occur in low- and middle-income countries.
  • Ingestion of pesticide, hanging and firearms are among the most common methods of suicide globally.

Click here to visit the WHO website to for more information about suicide.

‘Connect, communicate, care’ is the theme of the 2016 World Suicide Prevention Day which focuses on things everyone can use to help to avoid a suicide.

BSMHFT Library Service has a range of books and DVDs about suicide, suicide assessment and prevention –visit the library catalogue to see what is available. A reading list of books on the subject of suicide, suicide prevention, assessment and self-harm is available – if you would like a copy please email the Barberry library and we can send you a pdf version by return.

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