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National Suicide Prevention Week 2019 Date and Significance: 8 Facts About Suicide You Didn’t Know

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Suicide is said to be the most common cause of death in age groups 15-39 and it takes away lives of 8000,000 people every year. Efforts are being taken to spread awareness about mental health and suicide prevention. The National Suicide Prevention Week (NSPW) that is observed every year from September 8 till September 14, is also part of the global effort being put together to lower suicide rates. The week-long campaign helps engage health professionals and the general public about ways to prevent suicide. It also highlights the warning signs of suicide and draws more attention to the problem of suicide in the US. Suicide Prevention Week is being observed from the year 1975. The whole week is said to lead to World Suicide Prevention Day that is observed on September, 10. Suicide Prevention: How to Help Someone with Depression and Suicidal Thoughts.

Facts About Suicide You Didn’t Know:

  1. About 1 person dies by suicide every 16 minutes roughly.
  2. Undiagnosed and untreated depression is said to be the leading cause of death by suicide.
  3. Women are more prone to having suicidal thoughts.
  4. A firearm is used in over fifty percent of the cases of suicide.
  5. For every 25 attempted suicide, there is one suicide.
  6. Individuals who are suicidal usually give out definite warnings before committing suicide. These warnings are often ignored by others.
  7. Every suicide at least affects six people, drastically.
  8. 90 percent of people who commit suicide have been known to be going through some or the other mental health problem. 13 Subtle Signs of Suicidal Behaviour According to a Psychiatrist That We Miss Out On.

The Suicide Prevention Week Campaign also aims at reducing the stigma around suicide. It highlights the importance of mental health and encourages support to people who have attempted suicide. Depression screenings are usually conducted and help from medical professionals is taken when required.