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World Suicide Prevention Day Sept 10

World Suicide Prevention Day  Neurologically Gifted

 Global World Suicide Prevention Facts and Figures

  • A large proportion of people who die by suicide suffer from mental illness.
  • According to the WHO and the latest Burden of Disease Estimation, suicide is a major public health problem in high-income countries and is an emerging problem in low- and middle-income countries.
  • Suicide is one of the leading causes of death in the world, especially among young people.
  • Nearly one million people worldwide die by suicide each year. This corresponds to one death by suicide every 40 seconds.
  • The number of lives lost each year through suicide exceeds the number of deaths due to homicide and war combined.
  • These staggering figures do not include nonfatal suicide attempts which occur much more frequently than deaths by suicide.
  • A large proportion of people who die by suicide suffer from mental illness.
  • Recent estimates suggest that the disease burden caused by mental illnesses will account for 25% of the total disease burden in the world in the next two decades, making it the most important category of ill-health (more important than cancer or heart diseases.)
  • A significant number of those with mental illnesses who die by suicide do not contact health or social services near the time of their death. In many instances there are insufficient services available to assist those in need at times of crisis.
  • Lack of access to appropriate care is one of the many factors that magnify the stigma associated with mental illness and with suicidal ideation and behaviour. This type of stigma, which is deeply rooted in most societies, can arise for different reasons.
  • One of the causes of stigma is a simple lack of knowledge  – that is, ignorance. This type of stigma can be directly addressed by providing a range of community-based educational programs that are targeted to specific subgroups within the society (that is, by age, educational level, religious affiliation, and so forth.)
  • Negative attitudes about individuals with mental illnesses and/or suicidal ideation or impulses – prejudice – is common in many communities.
  • These negative attitudes often do not change with education about mental illnesses and suicidal behaviour.
  • Many health professionals who feel uncomfortable dealing with persons struggling with mental illnesses or suicidal ideation often hold negative, prejudicial attitudes about such patients. This can result in a failure to provide optimal care and support for persons in crisis.
  • Stigma is also the underlying motive for discrimination – inappropriate or unlawful restrictions on the freedoms of individuals with mental illnesses or suicidal behaviour. Such restrictions can occur at a personal, community or institutional level.
  • One extreme example is the criminalization of suicidal behaviour, which still occurs in many countries.
  • Discrimination can prevent or discourage people affected by mental illnesses and/or suicidal ideation or behaviour from seeking professional help or from returning to their normal social roles after receiving treatment for an episode of illness or crisis.
  • In both high-income and low- and middle-income countries stigmatized conditions such as mental illnesses and suicidal behaviour receive a much smaller proportion of health and welfare budgets than is appropriate, given their huge impact on the overall health of the community.
  • Unless stigma is confronted and challenged, it will continue to be a major barrier to the treatment of mental illnesses and to the prevention of suicide.
  • World Suicide Prevention Day is an ideal time to inspire people to work towards the goal of developing creative new methods for eradicating stigma.
  • Find additional research relating to stigma, mental health and suicide prevention at: http://goo.gl/yDQSt

Please see the International Association for Suicide Prevention for more information.

The International Association for Suicide Prevention invites you to light a candle at 8 PM

World Suicide Prevention  Neurologically GiftedOn September 10th

World Suicide Prevention Day

Light a candle near a window at 8 PM

to show your support for suicide prevention

to remember a lost loved one

and for the survivors of suicide.

 -In loving memory of Johanna