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World Suicide Prevention Day

Event Details:

Creating Hope Through Action

An estimated 703,000 people a year take their life around the world. For every suicide, there are likely 20 other people making a suicide attempt and many more have serious thoughts of suicide. Millions of people suffer intense grief or are otherwise profoundly impacted by suicidal behaviours.

Each suicidal death is a public health concern with a profound impact on those around them. By raising awareness, reducing the stigma around suicide, and encouraging well-informed action, we can reduce instances of suicide around the world.

World Suicide Prevention Day (WSPD) was established in 2003 by the International Association for Suicide Prevention in conjunction with the World Health Organization (WHO). The 10th of September each year focuses attention on the issue, reduces stigma and raises awareness among organizations, government, and the public, giving a singular message that suicide can be prevented.

“Creating hope through action” is the triennial theme for the World Suicide Prevention Day from 2021 – 2023. This theme is a reminder that there is an alternative to suicide and aims to inspire confidence and light in all of us.

– World Health Organisation


Ideas for Workplaces:

To recognise this event…

The International Association for the Prevention of Suicide has an extensive list of activity ideas to recognise and raise awareness of this important cause. Check out the suggestions here and don’t forget to use the official hashtags, #WorldSuicidePreventionDay, #CreatingHopeThroughAction #WSPD, #WSPD2023 or #BeTheLight to join the conversation and help spread awareness of suicide prevention.



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10 Sep 2024


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