About World Suicide Prevention Day
ONE Day in Support of Everyday.
Each year on September 10th, people from over 50 countries will connect, communicate and care by recognizing World Suicide Prevention Day. Since 2003, WSPD has publicly brought the need for suicide awareness and a greater commitment to suicide prevention to the world stage.
Every year, more than 800,000 people die by suicide throughout the world – that’s one person every 40 seconds. Up to 25 times as many make a suicide attempt, and countless others question the value of their lives. The ripple effect of suicide means that many people in our communities are impacted – there are people who have lost someone to suicide or know someone who has tried to take their own life.
This year’s World Suicide Prevention Day theme is ‘Take a Minute, Change a Life.’ A minute doesn’t sound like that much time, but consider the fact that there are 1440 minutes in a day. Small moments add up to make a big difference. Our collective actions and words give a powerful voice to the difference each and every one of us, alone and together, can make in bringing meaningful hope to those struggling and at risk.
On September 10th, the Suicide Awareness Council of Wellington Dufferin invites you to Take a Minute, Change a Life’ in your community.
TAKE A MINUTE and plant tulip bulbs of HOPE. The Suicide Awareness Council WD invites you to pick-up a bag of orange tulip bulbs at various sites across Wellington and Dufferin Counties. The locations include Canadian Mental Health Association offices and Family Health Teams.
TAKE A MINUTE and light a candle. By lighting a candle and placing it near a window at 8:00 p.m. on September 10th, the candle will be a beacon of caring and compassion, which illuminates the need for suicide awareness and prevention. The candle also recognizes those who have been bereaved by suicide and for the survivors of suicide.
TAKE A MINUTE to speak up. Visit the Suicide Awareness Council WD’s Facebook page and join us on Twitter @SACWDCouncil for ways that you can spread the messages of WSPD through social media.
TAKE A MINUTE and wear a ribbon. The orange and yellow ribbon is a sign of support for suicide prevention. The colours symbolize the flame of a candle – hope and light in the darkness. It is also a symbol for creating dialogue around supporting those at risk, and promoting resiliency and wellness.
TAKE A MINUTE and make a difference.