Please reblog this yellow ribbon to show your support for suicide prevention and potentially help save a life.
Some facts about suicide and depression.
- As of 2011, around one million people per year die by suicide. That’s about a death every 40 seconds or about 3,000 every day.
- And for every successful suicide, there is twenty who failed. So there is an attempt of suicide every three seconds.
- Suicide is the third leading cause of death for people aged 15 – 24.
- It is the 13th leading cause of death worldwide and accounts for nearly half of all violent deaths in the world.
- 121 million people worldwide suffer from depression, with 2/3 never seeking out treatment.
- The number of people who die by suicide is expected to reach 1.5 million per year by 2020, one every 20 seconds.
September 9th is when National Suicide Prevention Week starts. Depression screenings are given by health organizations, including self-administered and online tests. September 10th is known as World Suicide Prevention Day.
Just because next week is devoted toward prevention does not mean that every other week isn’t. Suicide is year round, so prevention is, too. Here are some things anyone can do to help raise awareness:
- Become a Facebook Fan of the IASP
- Show your participation by clicking “attending” on the Official 2012 World Suicide Prevention Day Facebook Event page
- Follow the IASP on Twitter, tweeting #WSPD or #suicide or #suicideprevention
- Create a video about suicide prevention
- Wear yellow in support of prevention; a bracelet, t-shirt, socks, anything helps
- Write “Love” on your arms, in support of TWLOHA
- Light a candle, near a window, at 8 PM on September 10th in support of: World Suicide Prevention Day, suicide prevention awareness, survivors of suicide and for the memory of loved lost ones.
Also, on November 17th, there is a survivor campaign where you can attend a local conference in your area or watch online. Afterwards, you can participate in a live online chat with other survivors.
Depression Hotline: 1-630-482-9696
Suicide Hotline: 1-800-784-8433
Trevor Project: 1-866-488-7386
Sexuality Support: 1-800-246-7743
Eating Disorders Hotline: 1-847-831-3438
Rape and Sexual Assault: 1-800-656-4673
Grief Support: 1-650-321-5272
Runaway: 1-800-843-5200, 1-800-843-5678, 1-800-621-4000
Exhale: After Abortion Hotline/Pro-Voice: 1-866-4394253
For more information on World Suicide Prevention Day, go here.
“The vast majority of people don’t commit suicide because they want to kill themselves, but as a way to end the torment of not being able to cope with their problem,” says Major David Reynolds. If we could give them a better way to cope and heal, we could help save so many people.