World Suicide Prevention Day is held on September 10, 2019 to create worldwide awareness with a focus on raising commitment and action to prevent suicide. According to WHO, approximately one million people commit suicide each year worldwide, that is about one death every 40 seconds or 3,000 per day. For each
individual who takes his/her own life, at least 20 attempt to do so. Suicide has a global mortality rate of 16 per 100,000 people.
What Are The Warning Signs of Suicide?
- Excessive sadness or moodiness: Long-lasting sadness, mood swings, and
- Hopelessness: Feeling a deep sense of hopelessness about the future, with little
expectation that circumstances can improve.
- Sudden calmness: Suddenly becoming calm after a period of depression or
moodiness can be a sign that the person has made a decision to end his or her
- Withdrawal: Choosing to be alone and avoiding friends or social activities also
are possible symptoms of depression, a leading cause of suicide. This includes
the loss of interest or pleasure in activities the person previously enjoyed.
- Changes in personality and/or appearance: A person who is considering
suicide might exhibit a change in attitude or behavior, such as speaking or
moving with unusual speed or slowness. In addition, the person might suddenly
become less concerned about his or her personal appearance.
- Dangerous or self-harmful behavior: Potentially dangerous behavior, such as
reckless driving, engaging in unsafe sex, and increased use of drugs and/or
alcohol might indicate that the person no longer values his or her life.
- Recent trauma or life crisis: A major life crises might trigger a suicide attempt.
Crises include the death of a loved one or pet, divorce or break-up of a
relationship, diagnosis of a major illness, loss of a job, or serious financial
- Making preparations: Often, a person considering suicide will begin to put his
or her personal business in order. This might include visiting friends and family
members, giving away personal possessions, making a will, and cleaning up his
or her room or home. Some people will write a note before committing suicide.
Some will buy a firearm or other means like poison.
- Threatening suicide: From 50% to 75% of those considering suicide will give
someone — a friend or relative — a warning sign. However, not everyone who is
considering suicide will say so, and not everyone who threatens suicide will
follow through with it.
Every threat of suicide should be taken seriously.
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