Suicide is considered one of the major public health issues. It leads to social, mental, emotional, as well as economic loss. According to WHO, as per an estimate, more than 7 lakh suicides are held worldwide in a year. Thus, to spread awareness regarding the prevention of suicide every year world suicide prevention day is held on 10th September. This year, world suicide prevention day is also on 10th September 2023 on Sunday. World Health Organization (WHO) and the International Association for Suicide Prevention (IASP) conduct this day in partnership with each other. Keep Reading to get more insights on this World Suicide Prevention Day!
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When is World Suicide Prevention Day?
World Suicide Prevention Day was started in 2003. This thoughtful and special day was established by the International Association for Suicide Prevention in affiliation with WHO. Thus, from 2003 onwards, the world celebrates this day on 10 September.
The main objective behind the day is to direct the focus of the people on the issues related to suicide and eradicate the stigma of raising the voices on issues related to suicide. In addition, this day also aims to induce a message in every sector of society that suicides are preventable.
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World Suicide Prevention Day 2023 Theme
The theme for World Suicide Day 2023 is “Creating Hope Through Action”. This is the triennial theme for the day from the year 2021-2023. The theme is generating a message that states that suicide could be prevented through our encouraging and strengthening actions for those who are suffering from depression and other mental and health issues.
IASP has provided some ways to spread awareness of WSPD:
- Cycle around the globe from 10 September to 10 October
- Light a candle
- Organize a private event with the agenda to raise awareness for suicide prevention
- Use social media platforms to educate and aware public of suicide and its causes and how can it be prevented.
- Use hashtags on social media captions such as #WorldSuicidePreventionDay #WSPD #CreatingHopeThroughAction #WSPD2023 #BeTheLight.
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Key Aspects of World Suicide Prevention Day
People who feel unsatisfied or who are experiencing some major health issues, or students who cannot take the pressure of studies generally tend to commit suicide. As an individual, it’s the duty of all of us to protect our community and help the needy. People who commit suicide tend to do so because they do not find any other option. Such people are either experiencing depression or are not confident.
Through this day, all of us can play a vital role in preventing suicide. Given below are the key aspects of the world suicide prevention day:
- Raise awareness and plan suicide prevention strategies.
- Offer support to friends and families of the person who commits suicide.
- Promote open conversation and encourage people to seek help when needed.
- Prevent stigma and highlight resources.
- Advocate for Policy changes.
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Hence, this was all about world suicide day, the date, and the key aspects of it. Hope that on this suicide prevention day, every individual will perform their duties and help decrease the suicide rates worldwide.
A. IASP has launched a ribbon that is universally accepted for suicide prevention. The colour of the ribbon for World Suicide Prevention Day is yellow and orange.
A. The theme for World Suicide Prevention Day 2023 is Creating Hopes through Action. This is the triennial theme from 2021-2023. It is a powerful call to action to raise awareness and tell people that there is an alternative to suicide and it can be prevented.
A. The message of Suicide Awareness Day 2023 is that every life lost due to committing suicide can be prevented if the person gets help. The day is denoted to remove the stigma against suicide.
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