World Suicide Prevention Day

10 Sep 2020

World Suicide Prevention Day

World Suicide Prevention Day 2020 is observed on 10th September each year in order to raise awareness and to promote worldwide action to prevent suicides around the world. It gives various organisations, government agencies and individuals a chance to promote awareness about suicide, mental illnesses associated with suicide, as well as suicide prevention. Some well-known organisations such as the International Association for Suicide Prevention (IASP) and World Health Organization (WHO) both play a key role in promoting this day.

IASP stated that “Every year, suicide is among the top 20 leading causes of death globally for people of all ages. It is responsible for over 800,000 deaths, which equates to one suicide every 40 seconds”. (*)


Risk factors (**)

There is no single reason for people to turn to suicide, an attempt may occur after a long period of suicidal thoughts or feelings, while in other cases, it may be more impulsive. The World Health Organisation has classified several common risk factors that can lead to suicidal and vulnerable behaviour:



  • Difficulties accessing or receiving care
  • Access to means of suicide
  • Inappropriate media reporting
  • Stigma associated with mental health, substance abuse or suicidal behaviour which prevents people from seeking help



  • Poverty
  • Experiences of trauma or abuse
  • Experiences of disaster, war, or conflict
  • Experiences of discrimination



  • Isolation and lack of social support
  • Relationship breakdown
  • Loss or conflict



  • Previous suicide attempts
  • Self-harm behaviours
  • Mental ill-health
  • Drug and alcohol misuse
  • Financial loss
  • Chronic pain
  • Family history of suicide

In the UK in 2018, there were 6,507 deaths by suicide (a rate of 11.2 deaths per 100,000 people) (***)

If you yourself, or somebody you know, may be suffering from suicidal thoughts it is important to speak to somebody as soon as possible. If you need to urgently speak to somebody please call the Samaritans 24 hours a day, 365 days a year on: 116 123. Please note The Eaves is unable to provide emergency care.

The Eaves therapists are offering online therapy sessions as well as face to face sessions. This can give you the chance to access mental health support in different ways, depending on what suits you best. If you are looking for support, please call the referrals team on 01483 917000 and they will be happy to source a suitable therapist for you based on your requirements.




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