Useful resource links for World Suicide Prevention Day

Useful links for Suicide prevention day

World Suicide Prevention Day will take place this year on 10 September which will promote worldwide commitment and action to prevent suicides. Outlined below are some useful resource links for World Suicide Prevention Day.

almost 3000 people commit suicide on a daily basis around the world

Some statistics about suicide: on average, almost 3000 people commit suicide on a daily basis around the world. That is a “global” mortality rate of 16 per 100,000, or put another way one death every 40 seconds. Furthermore, for every person who commits suicide there are 20 or more who may attempt to end their lives. (source WHO). Recent research in the UK has found that an extra 1,000 people took their own lives in England between 2008 and 2010 as a result of the economic downturn.

impulsiveness is a key factor in Asian countries

Mental disorders, depression and alcohol use disorders, are major risk factors for suicide in Europe and North America. However, impulsiveness is a key factor in Asian countries.  It is difficult to be generalistic about suicides as it is complex with psychological, social, biological, cultural and environmental factors involved. We can be sure, however, in saying that suicide rates have increased by 60% worldwide over the last 50 years.

suicide prevention news

Irish suicide prevention charity Console has been awarded a contract to expand its services to London, at the request of UK authorities.  Console CEO and founder Paul Kelly had been approached by members of the Metropolitan Police who were concerned about the number of deaths by suicide.

Teacher gives cost of Chick-fil-A meals to gay suicide prevention charity. The sister of a co-founder of the Trevor Project has written to the charity, which works to prevent young gay people from taking their lives, donating the cost of a Chick-fil-A meal for each of her gay family members and friends.

Click below for resource links.


Preventing suicide: tool-kits for practitioners
International Association for Suicide Prevention (IASP) Useful resource links
Warning signs of suicide What to watch for
Maytree offers a short stay in a safe residential setting in London where you can talk, reflect and rest – and restore hope. Maytree is a place where you will be heard, respected and accepted, without judgement and in confidence
An increase in ‘how to’ suicide websites have been linked to a rise in deaths connected with helium and barbiturates Newspaper article
PAPYRUS Prevention of Young Suicide national UK charity dedicated to the prevention of young suicide
Resource links on suicide prevention Useful for practioners, parents, loved ones
Helptul tips when dealing with suicidal clients particularly useful for anyone seeing vulnerable clients
No Help Without Mental Health UK Government strategy for providing mental health services


2 thoughts on “Useful resource links for World Suicide Prevention Day

    • Hi Andreas,
      Thank you for your comment.
      Not sure I would be training in counselling and psychotherapy if my approach did not involve seeking to help people overcome their difficulties.

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