Today is World Suicide Prevention Day. According to the World Health Organisation 1 million people commit suicide every year. That makes 60 deaths per 100,000 a suicide. Or another way to put it, one death every 40 seconds.
This years theme is “Many Faces, Many Places: Suicide Prevention across the World”. This is to highlight the growing problem of Suicide in the Developing World.
Here in Ireland 527 people committed suicide in 2009. This could be increased by the 195 deaths classified as “undetermined intent”. Taking the accepted figure, it is a 25% increase on 2008. This shows action must be taken.
Not all suicides can be prevented but some actions can be taken. These include the following:
- Developing and implementing national strategies as well as specific local interventions can lower rates of suicide in diverse populations.
- Successful approaches to suicide prevention have included:
- restricting access to means;
- establishing community prevention programs;
- establishing guidelines for media reporting;
- engaging with frontline professionals through gate keeper training programs.
The International Association for Suicide Prevention (IASP) is calling for “more evidence-based suicide prevention programs throughout the world”.
For the rest of us, the ISAP is asking us to light a candle near a window at 8pm for a number of reasons.
- To show your support for Suicide Prevention
- To remember a lost loved one
- for the survivors of suicide.