The World Health Organisation (WHO) released statistics yesterday that show every 40 seconds someone dies by suicide. Their global report shows what a burning issue suicide is across the world, as the second leading cause of death among young people aged 15-29 years.
Today, on World Suicide Prevention Day, WHO and others offer a message of hope by demonstrating that suicide is preventable. The global mental health community is coming together to encourage action through #40seconds.
In just two weeks, The Speak Your Mind campaign is heading to the United Nations General Assembly in New York with one clear mission: end the silence, fight for action, speak your mind.
Meanwhile, if you want to learn more about what you can do in your community on suicide prevention, the Mental Health Innovation Network has shared their top list of resources for you to explore:
RISING SUN (suicide prevention in the Arctic region) http://bit.ly/2Np9ntY
Giving LIFE a chance [To reduce the prevalence of suicide and attempted suicide in the indigenous Embera community of Chocó, Colombia] http://bit.ly/2NTie3Z
Pesticide Regulation for Suicide Prevention [India] http://bit.ly/2oIEToO
Going Off, Growing Strong [suicide prevention in Inuit Youth]: https://www.mhinnovation.net/innovations/going-growing-strong
COM-GAP-S: Integrating mental health into primary care for post-conflict populations in Northern Sri Lanka http://bit.ly/2TAxtmd
RISING SUN has produced an online Toolkit on how to measure the impact and effectiveness of suicide prevention in Indigenous groups. 5 levels of intervention a) Family b) Individual c) Clinic d) National/Regional e) Community http://bit.ly/RISINGSUNTOOLKIT
Blog: Julian Eaton: Suicide; devastating, common and preventable http://bit.ly/2HaeGZE
Blog: Dealing with Suicide Ideation – A Personal Story http://bit.ly/2KDgEnN
Blog: Circumpolar video project aims to curb suicides, encourage resilience [this has 37 videos- great resource]: http://bit.ly/2YikJ9n
Suicide Prevention Webinar from Dr Saxena Shekhar, Director of WHO Department of Mental Health and Substance Abuse: http://bit.ly/2eO6ljx
Mentally Aware Nigeria Initiative (MANI) Media Resource on Suicide: http://bit.ly/2H7XpQW
WHO Suicide Prevention Factsheet, available in 6 languages including info on key facts, prevention & control & challenges http://bit.ly/2oIyREG
WHO Community Engagement Toolkit http://bit.ly/2oKVLv1
Suicide and poverty in low-income and middle-income countries: a systematic review http://bit.ly/2Mk3oq3
If you’re looking for mental health support, you can find a list of support organisations that exist in a number of countries here