HONG KONG, Sept. 10, 2011 /CNW/ - The International Association for
Suicide Prevention (IASP) and the World Health Organization are
co-sponsoring World Suicide Prevention Day on September 10th. Events
are being held on every continent.
The International Association for Suicide Prevention (IASP) and the
World Health Organization (WHO) co-sponsor World Suicide Prevention Day
every year on September 10th. This year's observances will include: an
education seminar, in Bangalore, India; an Inuit Celebration of life
ceremony on Parliament Hill, Canada; workshops for volunteers in
Malaysia; countless walks in Australia and America; and thousands of
lanterns being released in Ireland.
The World Health Organization (WHO) estimates that about one million
people die by suicide every year; this represents a "global" mortality
rate of 16 per 100,000, or one death every 40 seconds, or about 3,000
deaths by suicide daily. For every person who dies by suicide, 20 or
more attempt to end their lives.
IASP President, Dr. Lanny Berman, states, "On World Suicide Prevention
Day, September 10, 2011, the theme "Preventing Suicide in Multicultural
Societies" will be embraced. As we develop and implement national and
local suicide intervention strategies we need to be aware of cultural
factors that can impact on suicidal behaviour in diverse settings".
Dr. Berman continues, "We have seen positive outcomes from our tailored
approaches to suicide prevention. For example, the restriction of the
sale of charcoal in supermarket chains in Hong Kong has resulted in a
significant reduction in the number of suicides by poisoning from
charcoal burning, and a concerted community response to suicide
prevention at a district level shows a positive impact on rates of
deliberate self-harm and suicide."
"In addition," he states, "We now have good evidence that suicide rates
are reduced substantially when leaders make preventing suicide a
central focus for their entire systems, such as in the US Air Force. We
also know that significant reductions in rates of suicide and suicide
attempts have been found when programs aimed at improving recognition
and care of depression are implemented."
"In Australia, stricter firearm legislation coincided with a significant
reduction in the number of firearm suicides, and, in England,
restricted access through altered packaging of over-the-counter-
medicines resulted in a reduction in the number of deaths by
"These few examples demonstrate that if we take into account cultural
elements, we can make great strides in the advancement of suicide
prevention, understanding and practice."
The IASP expects that this year's activities will be held in over 40
countries around the world. In addition, the organization has prepared
World Suicide Prevention Day banners in more than 40 languages which
bloggers can use to increase suicide prevention awareness locally and
globally in their own language.
IASP is encouraging people to light a candle, near a window, at 8 PM, on
September 10th, to show their support for suicide prevention, to
remember a loved one lost to suicide, and for those bereaved by
A list of suggested activities is available on the IASP's World Suicide
Prevention Day page.
IASP - World Suicide Prevention Day
SOURCE The International Association for Suicide Prevention (IASP)
For further information:
For press information, please contact:
President - Dr. Lanny Berman (USA)
Dr Anthony Davis (Australia)
Prof Paul Yip (Hong Kong)
Dr Ella Arensman (Europe)
Prof Michael Phillips (China)
Organizational info - Mrs Vanda Scott