According to World Health Organization someone commits suicide every 40 seconds. That means that before you get to the end of this article one person in the world somewhere will have made a decision to end his or her life. But the truth is that for most people, suicide is not even a choice, it is the only option.
In many cases, suicide is rather the tragic end to a desperate suffering than a free choice. Depression, physical pain, social pressure and loss, the list is long.
Is there someone you feel you need to reach out to? Are there people you know who could benefit from a hug or a simple “I’m here for you”? Do you want to get more involved with helping people? Do you think to yourself –What can I do more than encourage someone? How do I get people to look for professional help?
The World Health Organization has installed a World Suicide Prevention Day. Today, on September 10, the International Association for Suicide Prevention raises awareness for the ones not heard. According to records, every year, over 800,000 people die from suicide. It is the second leading cause of death among those aged between 15 and 29. For each one who died, about 20 others are estimated who made suicide attempts.
Social isolation is the number one risk factor, especially among the young. Help to raise awareness, help that we all become better in reaching out for the ones who are isolated, depressed and distressed by life.
Get involved in social media activities, start local initiatives in your school or university and most important, care for the ones closely around you. And if you are struggling with life yourself, please get help, ask friends or family or reach out for help at local institutions and hotlines. Be sure that you are not forgotten but the ones around you may be too busy with their own life to hear you. They will be thankful for your wake up call.
Find all information about World Suicide Prevention Day right here and watch the message from ISAP President Ella Arensman here: