Today, 10 September, is World Suicide Prevention Day. Unsurprisingly, rather than a ‘celebration’ it is more of an awareness-raising day as well as a time to remember those who have died.
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The International Association for Suicide Prevention (IASP) have a website about the day and they suggest lighting a candle at 8pm to remember those who have been lost and are or have been affected by suicide.
It’s an interesting perspective to look at the ways of working towards suicide prevention internationally because sometimes we do understandably, get caught up in our own national agendas.
The ‘theme’ for 2010 is
“Many Faces, Many Places: Suicide Prevention across the World”
One of the interesting pieces on the page is the way that suicide methods differ in different countries and cultures. The campaign is looking at changing the access to some of the more common methods of suicide – such as gun control, restricting access to pesticides or analgesics.
I also thought it was interesting that the IASP raised media reporting of suicide as one of the actions they are promoting. This is an issue that comes up again and again.
I know I’ve written about this before but that was about two years ago, so for the record, The Samaritans have presented media guidelines for reporting suicide. I don’t know how effective they have been but it’s always useful to act as a reminder.