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World Suicide Prevention Day

On average, almost 3,000 people commit suicide daily. For every person who completes a suicide, 20 more may attempt to end their lives.”

- World Health Organization (WHO)

September 10, 2012 marks the 10th anniversary of World Suicide Prevention Day, an initiative organized by the International Association for Suicide Prevention (IASP), with the help of WHO, to raise the awareness that suicide is “a major preventable cause of premature death,” prevent suicide and suicidal behavior, increase education about suicide awareness, decrease the stigma associated with suicide and the silence that surrounds it, and remember lost loved ones.

Become a part of the initiative to spread awareness and save lives by taking five minutes to get involved and become informed. Here you’ll find informational and educational materials, tools to help you learn about suicide and suicide prevention and spread awareness, and resources for helping someone who is struggling and for reaching out if you are concerned for yourself.

The IASP also encourages you to light a candle at 8:00 p.m. on September 10 in remembrance of lost loved ones and the survivors of suicide and to show your support for suicide prevention.

Learn more about World Suicide Prevention Day at www.iasp.info/wspd/.

Learn more about suicide prevention and mental health at WHO’s website.

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World Health Day – April 7th

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What is World Health Day?

World Health Day was created by the World Health Organization (WHO) at the First World Health Assembly in 1948. First celebrated in 1950, each World Health Day focuses on a specific health theme to draw attention to a top-priority global health issue. The theme for World Health Day 2011 is antimicrobial resistance and its global spread. Learn about this year’s theme as well as past World Health Day themes at WHO’s website.

When is World Health Day?

World Health Day falls on April 7 of each year. The holiday marks the anniversary of the First World Health Assembly, held April 7, 1948.

How does WHO create awareness of specific health issues on World Health Day?

Each year, WHO launches an awareness campaign related to that year’s theme. Local, national and international events and activities are also held to educate the public and policy makers on the health issue of concern. To find or register a World Health Day event in your hometown, click here.

Source: who.int, wpro.who.int

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