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September 10, 2021: World Suicide Prevention Day

Today is World Suicide Prevention Day, an annual opportunity for people across the globe to raise awareness of suicide and suicide prevention.

According to the International Association for Suicide Prevention, one in every 100 deaths worldwide is the result of suicide. It can affect every one of us. Each and every suicide is devastating and has a profound impact on those around them. However, by raising awareness, reducing the stigma around suicide and encouraging well-informed action, we can reduce instances of suicide around the world.

IASP’s president, Professor Rory O’Connor has a powerful message about the ways in which each of us can play a role in role in ending stigma around mental health, and suicide in particular, as well as help someone we care about who may be struggling. Watch here.

If you or someone you know is having thoughts of suicide, call the toll-free National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 1-800-273-TALK (1-800-273-8255), 24 hours a day, seven days a week or visit their website. If someone is in immediate need or it is an emergency, dial 911 immediately.

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