Shine a Light on Hope: World Suicide Prevention Day 2023, September 10th

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Suicide is a pressing public health concern that extends far beyond individual lives. Each year, over 700,000 people worldwide take their own lives, and the ripple effect of each suicide touches many others, leaving a lasting impact on communities and families.

The theme “Creating Hope Through Action” guides World Suicide Prevention Day, spanning from 2021 to 2023. This theme stands as a powerful call to action, reminding us that suicide is not an inevitable path; it can be prevented. It emphasizes that our actions, both big and small, have the power to inspire hope and bolster efforts to prevent suicide.

Through the act of creating hope, we send a crucial message to those grappling with suicidal thoughts – that there is hope, and that we genuinely care about their well-being. Our actions can become a lifeline for those in need, illuminating a path towards recovery and resilience.

Above all, this theme underscores the critical importance of suicide prevention on a global scale. In order to reduce the severe effects of suicide, quick action must be taken. Organizations like the World Health Organization (WHO) are working tirelessly alongside partners to help countries take concrete steps in this direction.

World Suicide Prevention Day (WSPD), established in 2003 through collaboration between WHO and the International Association for Suicide Prevention, serves as an annual reminder of our collective responsibility. On September 10th each year, it aims to draw attention to this issue, reduce the stigma surrounding mental health, and raise awareness among organizations, governments, and the general public about the fact that suicide is preventable.

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