Monday is World Suicide Prevention Day

The World Health Organization (WHO) is releasing a framework for addressing the underlying causes of suicide and for developing action plans to suit each country and its communities.  The framework will be released on World Suicide Day.


Suicide is seen as a major preventable cause of premature death.


Monday, 10 September, is World Suicide Prevention Day.  On average, almost 3000 people commit suicide daily.  For every person who completes a suicide, 20 or more may attempt to end their lives.


Suicide, though largely preventable, is one of the three leading causes of death among those in the most economically productive age group (15-44 years), and the second leading cause of death of those 15-19.


At the other end of the age spectrum, the elderly are also at high risk.


The Ministry of Public Health, Social Development and Labour, joins the international community of nations in demonstrating its commitment to prevent suicide.  


As part of the Minister’s public health campaign of "Get Checked,"   Minister responsible for Public Health, Social Development & Labour (MinVSA) Hon. Cornelius de Weever calls on the community: "…but more importantly, the family and friends to be vigilant.  Listen to every word that they say, observe their actions and do not be afraid to help or support them, those who need help. 


"There is a certain guilt associated when one loses a friend or family member to suicide.  The question of what could I have done or said to prevent this from happening lingers with you long after they are gone.  I have personally experienced this with a teenager and I implore on everyone to be vigilant and proactive.  Every life is sacred."


The sponsoring International Association for Suicide Prevention (IASP), the co-sponsor WHO and other partners advocate for the prevention of suicidal behavior, provision of adequate treatment and follow-up care for people who attempted suicide, as well as responsible reporting of suicides in the media.


Mental disorders (particularly depression and alcohol use disorders) are a major risk factor for suicide in Europe and North America; however, in Asian countries impulsiveness plays an important role.  Suicide is complex with psychological, social, biological, cultural and environmental factors involved.


Acknowledgement of World Suicide Day is part of Collection Prevention Services (CPS), a health agency of MinVSA, annual Health Calendar of Observances.


For more information contact Section General Public Health at the following telephone numbers: 542-3003 or 542-2078 or visit the following website: