Get ready for World Suicide Prevention Day

World Suicide Prevention Day 2019

Suicide prevention remains a universal challenge. 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.

Every life lost is someone’s partner, child, parent, friend or colleague. For each suicide, approximately 135 people suffer intense grief or are otherwise affected. This amounts to 108 million people per year who are profoundly impacted by suicide.

This is why, it will be the second year that World Suicide Prevention Day (WSPD), on Tuesday 10th September, will focus on “Working Together to Prevent Suicide’’. The aim is to highlight the most essential ingredients for effective global collaboration towards preventing suicide. 

This takes work, and joining together is critical. It requires the efforts of many. It takes family, friends, co-workers, community members, educators, religious leaders, healthcare professionals, political officials and governments. Research suggests that suicide prevention efforts will be much more effective if they span multiple levels and incorporate multiple interventions.

Everyone can help prevent suicide. Suicidal behaviour is universal and knows no boundaries. 

We all have a role to play - we need to engage with each other and join together to spread awareness of suicide prevention.

Ways to take part in WSPD 2019

One way to show your support, is by taking part in the International Association for Suicide Prevention's (IASP) first ever Cycle Around the Globe challenge (10th September – 10th October, 2019). Participants can take part in groups, individually, at home or anywhere! Find out more and how to register

You can also take part in the ‘Light a Candle’ event, where people are encouraged to light a candle near a window at 8pm on WSPD, as a symbol of support for suicide prevention - and for many, it is a means of remembering a loved one.

Finally, you can share your support on social media using the hashtags;  #wspd #suicideprevention #suicide #cyclearoundtheglobe

If you have any worries or concerns about yourself, or a friend, family member or colleague, contact the Wellbeing Hub on 03456 089945 or email You can also find advice in our leaflets below.

Published 3rd September 2019

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