“I’m done with life”, sounds dramatic, right? Often, most of us, use such words when we’re mad at something or someone just because things are not functioning the way we want them to. But how many people can you think of, who say these words and really intend them? Not terribly much, probably. Such people have suicidal thoughts build up in their head. They have hit a point in life where they’ve given up on trying to see a way out of their problems. World Suicide Prevention Day is an initiative taken up by such people, who are facing a suicidal crisis. Read this article to know more about it.

What is the World Suicide Prevention Day all about?

Observed on 10th of September, world suicide prevention day is an initiative taken up by the International Association for Suicide Prevention (IASP), in collaboration with the World Health Organization (WHO) and the World Federation for Mental Health. It was first held in the year 2003. The principal motive behind this association is to forbid activities of suicide, attempted by different methods and to offer global commitment. Various activities and events are coordinated in order to propagate awareness and educate people about suicide as a major cause of deaths these days.

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Its background and importance.

According to recent statistics, roughly one million people die every year and this can extend to up to 1.5 million per year by the year 2020. The ratio of every successful suicide attempt to every failed attempt is just 1:20, at an average rate of one death in every 3 seconds, which means that approximately 20 deaths in a minute, globally. It is also found that the people who try committing suicide belong to the age group of 15-24, which are mostly teenagers or office-goers.

Helping out or talking to the people who are going through a rough patch can make a hell lot of difference. People with suicidal thoughts are more often than not the ones who have either been through something really traumatic or somehow have been ill treated. They take themselves to be worthless and believe that no one cares about them. All they require is someone to talk, this can help them liberate their inner agony. A small conversation can make for a great deal of change.

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How can you take part?

J. K. Rowling wrote and I quote – “Words, in my not so humble opinion, are the world’s most inexhaustible source of magic, capable of both inflicting an injury and remedying it ”. If someone close to you is going through a tough time, a friend or a family member, do not think much and just speak. Start a conversation, be their support system and make them see that their lives are valuable too. This might be hard at first and you may be at a loss for words, but give it some time, things will start working themselves out. Sometimes, even asking if someone’s alright can be more than enough.



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