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World Suicide Prevention Day

Depression and mental health are important issues that all too often get swept aside or ignored, and can lead to self harm and suicide in many cases. Take action and help prevent suicide by observing World Suicide Prevention Day this September 10th.

The Facts

Did you know that on average almost 3000 people commit suicide daily around the world, and for every person who succeeds there are 20  more that have tried.121 million people worldwide struggle with depression, and 2/3 of people who are fighting depression never seek help. World Suicide Prevention Day was created by the World Health Organization, The International Association for Suicide Prevention and the World Federation for Mental Health as a way of bringing awareness to this very serious problem.

World Suicide Prevention Day always falls on September 10th, during Suicide Prevention Week which runs from September 9-15th.

To Write Love on Her Arms 

To Write Love on Her Arms is non-profit society in the United States that helps people who are struggling with depression, anxiety, substance abuse and mental health issues in general - often these problems are related and unhelped can lead to suicide. TWLOHA wants to promote awareness and help lift the stigma and embarassment people associate with depression and related issues and get  people the help they need. TWLOHA is participating in World Suicide Prevention Day and Suicide Prevention Week and have great information and advice for anyone seeking answers, to learn more about them check out their site here.

What You Can Do

If you're interested in promoting awareness, are worried about someone you know or just want to get involved with making sure people around you have access to help if they need it, here are some suggestions:

  • Approach your teacher or school about educating suicide and mental health.
  • Arrange a club to talk about depression and anxiety.
  • Find out if your local community centre has resources for people suffering from depression.
  • Open up a discussion among your classmates and friends about preventing self-harm or bullying, ask a teacher to moderate.
  • If you are worried about a friend/family member, yourself or someone you know and need help immediately, check out TWLOHA's emergency contacts here.
  • If you have questions about suicide and related issues, do some research in library, on the internet and talk to your parents.

Have Your Say

Do you know anyone struggling with mental health and depression? Let us know in the comments section below.

 

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yogenesisss

yogenesisss wrote:

tbh, i have zero sympathy for suicidal kids.. lets be real, everybodies had their down ...
commented: Mon Apr 21, 2014

shadow18601

shadow18601 wrote:

Then u need to tell someone to help I would but hey im down here lol
commented: Sat Apr 19, 2014

shadow18601

shadow18601 wrote:

My cousin tryed because he was being bullied so I beat everyone of them the f@$# up!!
commented: Sat Apr 19, 2014

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