Creating Hope Through Action: World Suicide Prevention Day 2023

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    very year, on September 10th, the world observes World Suicide Prevention Day, an issue that is of global significance. This event is a reminder that suicide is a major public health topic with profound social, emotional, and economic consequences. The World Health Organization (WHO) estimates that over 700,000 people worldwide lose their lives to suicide annually, leaving countless more deeply affected by the loss. The theme from 2021 to 2023, “Creating Hope Through Action,” is a powerful call to action and a reminder that in many cases suicide is preventable. Since suicide is often the culmination of silent suffering, open communication is key to understanding. With that in mind, we will delve into the significance of this theme and the importance of collective action.

    The History of World Suicide Prevention Day

    World Suicide Prevention Day was established in 2003 by the International Association for Suicide Prevention, in conjunction with the World Health Organization. The significance of September 10th lies in its ability to focus attention on the issue of suicide, reduce stigma surrounding mental health, and raise awareness among organizations, governments, and the public. The key message of this day is simple yet profound: suicides are preventable.

    Creating Hope Through Action

    All too often, people with severe depression see suicide as the only escape from unbearable suffering. It is a state of isolation and hopelessness. “Creating Hope Through Action” encapsulates the essence of World Suicide Prevention Day. It serves as a poignant reminder that there is an alternative to suicide, and through our collective actions, we can inspire hope and reinforce prevention efforts. The theme emphasizes the need to provide beacons of light for individuals who may be grappling with suicidal thoughts, signalling that there IS hope and that people genuinely care about their well-being. It emphasizes that our actions, regardless of their scale, have the potential to provide hope to those who are struggling.

    Suicide Prevention as a Global Priority

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    The theme also underscores the vital message that suicide prevention is a global public health priority. Urgent action is needed to reduce suicide mortality rates and ensure that individuals in crisis receive the support they require. WHO, in collaboration with its partners, is committed to supporting countries in implementing concrete measures to address this pressing issue.

    The Power of Collective Action

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    World Suicide Prevention Day serves as a poignant reminder that each one of us can contribute to suicide prevention. Whether it's through offering a listening ear to a friend in need, advocating for mental health resources, or participating in awareness campaigns, our actions matter. No action is too small when it comes to saving lives and instilling hope. No one is powerless, and every voice can make a difference.

    Recognizing Risk

    Recognizing the warning signs of suicidal risk is crucial for identifying individuals who may be in distress and need of support. It's important to note that the presence of warning signs doesn't necessarily mean someone will attempt suicide, but they may indicate a heightened risk. Here are five significant warning signs:

    • Expressing Suicidal Thoughts or Intentions
    • Drastic Changes in Behavior or Mood
    • Social Isolation
    • Giving Away Possessions
    • Self-Harming Behaviors

    Help is Available

    If you or someone you know is experiencing these warning signs, seek help from a mental health professional or a crisis hotline immediately.

    Talk Suicide Canada:  1-833-456-4566  /  SMS 45645


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    “Creating Hope Through Action” reminds us that there is always hope, even in the darkest of moments. World Suicide Prevention Day encourages us to take concrete actions to prevent suicide and promote mental well-being. Suicide is preventable, and by working together on a global scale, we can create a world where lives are saved, hope is restored, and stigma is shattered. Let us remember that every life is valuable, and our actions have the power to create a brighter, more hopeful future for all.

    If you want to make a meaningful impact in the lives of those at high risk for suicide, the Addictions and Community Service Worker program at ABM College will help prepare you for the unique challenges to help struggling individuals find hope again.

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