Each year more than 30,000 individuals die by suicide and many more
attempt to do so. In America, suicide is the second leading cause of
death among those ages 15 – 24 and is ranked eleventh for all age
groups. From these tragedies many people are profoundly affected and
their lives are forever changed. For information on suicide risk
factors, click here.
September 10 is World Suicide Prevention Day, a day designed to raise worldwide awareness that suicide is an international problem and a major public health concern. Thousands of events will take place around the world, including a launch event at the United Nations Headquarters in New York City called “Suicide Prevention in Different Cultures”, sponsored by the World Health Organization (WHO) and the International Association for Suicide Prevention (IASP).
The American Association of Suicidology marks the Sunday through Saturday surrounding World Suicide Prevention Day as National Suicide Prevention Week. This year, National Suicide Prevention Week is September 7 - 13.
Organizations across the country recognize the annual National Suicide Prevention Week throughout the month of September with special events to remember lost loved ones, suicide prevention conferences to spread awareness, and fundraising events to collect funds to further support suicide awareness and prevention.
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