World Suicide Prevention Day 2020 - World Suicide Prevention Day History, Significance, and World Suicide Prevention Day Theme

World Suicide Prevention Day 2020 is observed on 10th September 2020 to promote awareness and worldwide action to prevent deaths due to suicide across the world which is important among today’s generation. This article provides information about World Suicide Prevention Day, History and Significance of World Suicide Prevention Day, and a lot more.

Monika | Updated Jul 09, 2020 05:55 AM

World Suicide Prevention Day 2020 - World Suicide Prevention Day History, Significance, and World Suicide Prevention Day Theme

World Suicide Prevention Day 2020

World Suicide Prevention Day is celebrated every year on 10th September. World Suicide Prevention Day 2020 is observed to create awareness and to promote worldwide action to prevent suicide. On every World Suicide Prevention Day, events and activities occur to establish that suicide is not the solution to any problem in their lives. International Association for Suicide Prevention (IASP) organizes World Suicide Prevention Day every year. It is co-sponsored by the World Health Organisation (WHO) and the World Federation for Mental Health (WFMH). It is observed since 2003 to provide worldwide commitment and action to prevent suicides.

What is the History of World Suicide Prevention Day?

On 10 September 2003, World Suicide Prevention Day was first observed by the International Association for Suicide Prevention (IASP) and the World Health Organisation.

In 2014, the first WHO World Suicide report was released "Preventing Suicide: A Global Imperative," which aimed at suicide prevention and making it a high priority on the global public health agenda.

In 1960, The International Association of Suicide Prevention was established by the late Professor Erwin Ringel and Dr. Norman Faberlow in Vienna. Currently, it consists of professionals and volunteers from 77 countries, and it is a Non-Governmental Organisation that is concerned with suicide prevention.

Why is it Important to Observe World Suicide Prevention Day?

It's a developing problem, and the numbers will tell you a shocking story. According to the World Health Organization (WHO), every 40 seconds, someone takes their own life, which is about 800,000 people worldwide every year — although some estimates put that number closer to 1 million. 

Suicide seems to be the leading cause of death for people aged between 15 and 29. There are as many as 40 attempted suicides for every suicide that results in death. Each one of us needs to talk to people and convey that suicide is not the ultimate solution to any problem, and there's a lot to live for.

What is the Theme for World Suicide Prevention Day 2020?

A different theme is established every year for World Suicide Prevention Day, and every theme aims in highlighting a particular aspect of suicide and how it can be forbidden. For example, in 2003, the theme was "Suicide Can Be Prevented!", in 2012, the theme was "Suicide Prevention across the Globe: Strengthening Protective Factors and Instilling Hope"; and in 2016, the theme was "Connect, Communicate, Care."

World Suicide Prevention Day 2019 theme was "Working Together To Prevent Suicide" to highlights the essential ingredient for effective global suicide prevention. The same theme is established for World Suicide Prevention Day 2020 too.

How to Observe World Suicide Prevention Day 2020 amid COVID-19?

World Suicide Prevention Day can be observed while staying safe at home amid COVID-19 situations across the world. This pandemic has changed the world and all of our daily lives. World Suicide Prevention Day aims to spread awareness about the importance of life and suicide, not being the solution to any problem. So, by staying at home, you can talk about suicide prevention to people you know or even on your social media platform using #WorldSuicidePreventionDay. 

You can also connect with people and stretch out your hand to someone who may need your help. It's widely known that some behaviors indicate the possibility of suicide. All of us can learn the warning signs of suicidal "ideation" if we research it.

Talking about this issue is an essential first step in ridding society of the idea that mental health issues should remain hidden. On World Suicide Prevention Day, host or attend a panel discussion on how psychological problems intensify thoughts of suicide. 

World Suicide Prevention Day provides many resources for people to learn more about the reasons for suicide and how to prevent them. There are countless books, films, and events to get you in the right direction. Knowledge is not only power — knowledge can save someone's life.

Facts about Suicide

  1. 1 in 100,000 children aged between 10 and 14 dies by suicide every year

  2. Lesbian, gay, and bisexual children are 3 times more likely than straight children to attempt suicide at some point in their lives.

  3. Suicide rates among the elderly are highest for those who are divorced or widowed.

  4. 12.7 in 100,000 young adults aged between 20-24 die by suicide each year.

  5. Females are more likely than males to have had suicidal thoughts.

  6. Poisoning is the most common method of suicide in females.

  7. There is one suicide for every estimated 25 suicide attempts.

  8. Suicide is the 10th leading cause of death in the US for all ages.

  9. 80% -90% of people that seek treatment for depression are treated successfully by therapy and/or medication.

  10. In a study, 41% of transgender adults state they had attempted suicide. The same study found that 61% of transgender people who were victims of physical assault had attempted suicide.

Suicide Prevention Quotes

  1. “When you feel like giving up, just remember the reason why you held on for so long.”

  2. “Suicide doesn’t end the chances of life getting worse, it eliminates the possibility of it ever getting any better.”

  3. “If you are looking for a sign not to kill yourself, this is it.”

  4. “Place your hand over your heart, can you feel it? That is called purpose. You’re alive for a reason so don’t ever give up.”

  5. “Because if you kill yourself, you’re also going to kill the people who love you.”

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World Suicide Prevention Day 2020 - FAQs

1. What is the purpose of World Suicide Prevention Day?

World Suicide Prevention Day is observed on 10th September every year to create awareness and to promote worldwide action to prevent deaths due to suicide.