World Suicide Prevention Day is observed on September 10th of every year. The International Association for Suicide Prevention is the leader for this event which is recognized globally. World Suicide Prevention Day (WSPD) was established in 2003 in conjunction with the World Health Organization (WHO) and is a significant advocacy and communication-based event aimed at reaching national organizations, governments, and the general public, giving a singular message that suicide can be prevented. WPSD is an opportunity to raise awareness of suicide and to promote action through proven means that will reduce the number of suicides and suicide attempts globally.
‘Creating Hope Through Action’ is the theme of this year’s World Suicide Prevention Day. The theme ‘Creating Hope Through Action’ is a reminder that there is an alternative to suicide and aims to inspire confidence and light in all of us; that our actions, no matter how big or small, may provide hope to those who are struggling. Preventing suicide is often possible and you are a key player in its prevention. Through action, you can make a difference to someone in their darkest moments – as a member of society, as a child, as a parent, as a friend, as a colleague, or as a neighbor. We can all play a role in supporting those experiencing a suicidal crisis or those bereaved by suicide.
Everyone has a role to play in suicide prevention. One of the ways in which you can honor WSPD is by lighting a candle in honor of those we have lost and survivors. Light your candle tonight at 8 PM. Please be sure to share a picture and tag Makin’ It Happen in your social media post so we can share it out
To learn more about the New Hampshire Suicide Prevention Council visit State Suicide Prevention Council | Bureau of Community Health Services | New Hampshire Department of Health and Human Services (nh.gov)