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Tomorrow – 10 September 2010 – is World Suicide Prevention Day

September 9, 2010

Suicide is perhaps, from the perspective of the mental health worker, the ultimate tragedy. The International Society for Suicide Prevention is hosting and organising an international day of action tomorrow.

The Scope of Suicide

The World Health Organization (WHO) estimates that about one million people die by suicide every year; this represents a "global" mortality rate of 16 per 100,000, or one death every 40 seconds. Suicide rates in many developing countries have been steadily rising in recent years.

Suicide Prevention across the World

On World Suicide Prevention Day, September 10, 2010, the theme "Many Faces, Many Places: Suicide Prevention across the World" offers us a broad perspective for suicide prevention. There are significant differences in the profiles and circumstances of suicidal individuals in different parts of the world. At the same time, it is clear that the experience of connectedness is important in the mental health of all people.


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