10 September: World Suicide Prevention Day

By Zintle Tsheme

This day 10 September is celebrated and recognised annually. It is organised by the International Association for Suicide Prevention (IASP) and is endorsed by the World Health Organisation (WHO).

This is a global recognition of people suffering from suicidal thoughts, those who have committed suicide and how to curb or prevent others from giving in to this mental health issue.  The world has seen a rise in suicide death numbers since the beginning of Covid19, as people had to do away with their coping mechanisms, activities that kept them sane, and had to quarantine.

According to the Pan American Health Organisation (PAHO), this year’s theme is “Creating hope through action”, which simply suggests the public should take action and address mental health issues, especially suicide, what causes it and how to get the needed help. This requires people not to be shy about this subject, parents to talk to their children, workers to speak to their bosses, friends to seek help together without any judgement.

Working together to prevent suicide numbers from rising would make this world a better place to live in, taking action by having open discussions, not only today, but all the time, to educate each other and finding solutions to this pandemic.

Days like today are to assure people that they are not alone, that there are options and help out there without ending your life. Suicide has no age, no gender, therefore we as people should help one another, to assure there is more to life that mental health issues.

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