Today is September 10th 2014…World Suicide Prevention Day.
According to the World Health Organization, more than 800,000 people commit suicide each year worldwide. One person every 40 seconds.
Suicide is the leading cause of death worldwide between the ages of 15 through 29. In the US, Australia, Spain, and Europe between 10 and 14.9 people per every 100,000 people commit suicide.
Men are most likely to commit suicide globally and men are three times more likely to commit suicide than women in more economically affluent countries.
The most surprising statistic about the global impact of suicide is not found in this report.
That number is one.
As in one person.
That one person is you.
One person can make the difference in suicide prevention.
Say something if you know someone who is struggling.
Respond quickly and calmly in a moment of crisis.
Offer help and support to someone in need.
One person can make a difference in preventing suicide.
Let that one person be you.
For more information about suicide prevention, please visit American Foundation of Suicide Prevention, American Association of Suicidology, and The Semicolon Project.
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