National Suicide Prevention Day

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Did you know that there's a day solemnly dedicated to preventing one of the sneakiest sneaks of mental health? Yes, you heard it right! National Suicide Prevention Day, a day as important as a super glue just when the handles of your favourite auntie's tea cup breaks. It helps us to stick together when things seem to be falling apart around us. Gather round everyone, let's delve into a tale that's as tender as a well-cooked turkey on Thanksgiving day.

When is Suicide Prevention Day?

It's national suicide prevention day on the 11th September.

What's the Buzz about National Suicide Prevention Day?

Ladies and gents, buckle up as we drive down memory lane through the internet history of the National Suicide Prevention Day, the day when we're all about being each other’s shoulder to lean on. This day was brought into existence to create an atmosphere where talking about the hushed whispers of mental health isn’t as taboo as forgetting your anniversary date!

The web really went into a frenzy, all 34145 mentions of it, back on September 11th, 2019! It was like spotting a rainbow cupcake in a sea of vanilla - exceptional and heartwarming. We saw folks from all walks of life, breaking the stigmas of mental health, one post at a time.

Be a Beacon

This unprecedented scale of unity and empathy shown on National Suicide Prevention Day is a much-needed beacon, like taking a warm sip of hazelnut coffee on a frosty morning- soothing and comforting. It’s the day when people across the globe unite in the common cause of supporting those silently battling their inner demons and spreading awareness about mental health.

Be Kind, it's rewind time!

Reminding ourselves of this day nudge us to hit 'rewind' on our busy lives, like an unexpected pause button Hitmontop's spin, if you're a Pokémon fan. It gives us a much-needed moment to step back, slow down, and check-in with the people around us. Bring out your tea cups and invite your dear ones for a heart-to-heart, because you never know how much a simple 'How are you?' can mean to someone.

History behind the term 'Suicide Prevention'


Recognition of mental health as a contributing factor

In the early 20th century, mental health started to be recognized as a pivotal factor in suicide. Previously, the focus had primarily been on criminal implications rather than understanding the underlying causes.


Founding of the World Health Organization

The World Health Organization (WHO) was established in 1948 with the goal of promoting global health and tackling various health issues, including mental health. This marked a significant milestone in addressing the importance of mental well-being, including suicide prevention, on a global scale.


Emergence of crisis hotline services

During the 1950s, crisis hotline services emerged as a crucial support system for individuals in distress. These services, such as the Samaritans, provided a helpline where people experiencing emotional crisis or contemplating suicide could seek help in a confidential and non-judgmental environment. Such helplines revolutionized the way society approached suicide prevention.


Growing awareness through research and advocacy

Throughout the 1960s, increasing attention was given to suicide prevention through research and advocacy efforts. Organizations like the American Association of Suicidology played a vital role in promoting awareness, conducting studies, and disseminating information on suicide prevention strategies.


World Suicide Prevention Day established

To further raise awareness and encourage worldwide action, the International Association for Suicide Prevention (IASP) and the World Health Organization (WHO) designated September 10th as World Suicide Prevention Day. This annual observance aims to promote understanding, offer support, and prevent tragic loss of life.


National Suicide Prevention Lifeline launched in the United States

The National Suicide Prevention Lifeline was established in 2002 as a nationwide network of crisis centers in the United States. By dialing the toll-free number 1-800-273-TALK (8255), individuals in emotional distress or suicidal crisis can reach out for help and receive immediate support.


World Mental Health Day theme focuses on suicide prevention

In 2014, the theme of World Mental Health Day, observed on October 10th each year, centered around raising awareness of mental health issues, particularly highlighting the importance of suicide prevention. This global campaign aimed to reduce stigma, promote understanding, and encourage people to seek help if needed.

Did you know?

Did you know that around 800,000 people globally lose their lives to suicide every year? That's almost the population of San Francisco! This day, and every other day, let's ensure our loved ones never have to face their battles alone.


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First identified

12th July 2015

Most mentioned on

11th September 2019

Total mentions


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