September 10 is World Suicide Prevention Day

Every 40 seconds, someone around the world loses their life to suicide.*

Close to 800,000 people worldwide take their own life annually, and there are many more people who attempt suicide. Every suicide is a tragedy that affects families and communities with long-lasting effects on the people left behind. Suicide rates are high “among vulnerable groups who experience discrimination, such as refugees and migrants; indigenous peoples; LGBTQ persons; and prisoners. By far the strongest risk factor for suicide is a previous suicide attempt.”**

Suicide, a serious public health problem, is preventable. Actions and efforts like reducing access to the means of suicide; school-based interventions; early identification, treatment, and care of people with mental and substance use disorders; training; and follow-up care for people who make attempts, are all shown to help reduce death by suicide.

Learn the warning signs, including changes in talk, behavior, and mood. If you are concerned that someone may be contemplating suicide, stay with them and help them make a call to the national suicide prevention line at 1-800-273-8255; or text TALK to 741741 for help

CITC now offers ASIST suicide prevention training for community members, community groups, and others. Reach out to Kris Green, CITC Suicide Prevention Trainer, at kkgreen@citci.org to schedule a training or find additional resources.

*Source: World Health Organization
**Source:
International Association for Suicide Prevention