September 10th, 2009, is World Suicide Prevention Day, organized by the International Association for Suicide Prevention (IASP) in collaboration with the World Health Organization (WHO).
Every year many millions of people make serious suicide attempts which, while they do not result in death, require medical treatment and mental health care, and reflect severe personal unhappiness or illness. Millions more people – theÂ family membersÂ and close friends of those who die by suicideÂ are bereaved and affected by suicide each year,Â with the impact of this loss often lasting a lifetime.
Suicide exactsÂ huge psychological and social costs. Because almost a quarter of suicides are teenagers and young adults aged less than 25 years ( 250,000 suicides a year) suicide is a leading cause of premature death, accounting for more than 20 million years pf healthy life lost. link to read more about World Suicide Prevention Day activities from around the world