Suicide is a worldwide problem, and a group of concerned agencies are working to bring the hidden threat of suicide into the light with World Suicide Prevention Day on September 10, 2014. The theme for this year is “Suicide Prevention: One World Connected,” and focuses on raising awareness that suicide is a major and preventable cause of premature deaths around the world.
Someone commits suicide once every 40 seconds across the globe, resulting in one million lost lives every year.
Amazingly, the risk factors are the same, no matter what the country, and include substance abuse, mental illness, previous suicide attempts, unemployment, hopelessness, and the recent loss of loved ones.
The International Association for Suicide Prevention, which was founded in Vienna, Austria in 1960, focuses on suicide prevention through its members’ resources and collaborations with other organizations. The World Federation for Mental Health seeks to promote the highest levels of biological, mental, social, and educational awareness. Their goals include raising public awareness, promoting understanding, preventing mental disorders, and improving care and treatment.
Here in the US, the American Association of Suicidology has expanded this World Suicide Prevention Day into an entire week, focusing its attention on some sobering facts on mental health and suicide. These include:
- Suicide is the tenth highest cause of death in the United States
- One suicide occurs every 13.3 minutes on average
- Suicide is the second highest cause of death among 15- to 24-year-olds
- The elderly comprise 13.3% of the population, but make up 16.0% of all suicides
- An estimated five million American attempted suicide but did not succeed
- 50% more people die in America each year by suicide than by homicide
With these sobering statistics, it is clearly time to focus some attention on the need for suicide prevention. To learn more, visit http://www.suicidology.org/about-aas/national-suicide-prevention-week. To learn more about the importance of mental health in the workplace, contact us today.
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