World Suicide Prevention Day is observed on September 10 every year. It was first celebrated in 2003, and is organized by the International Association for Suicide Prevention (IASP). The day aims to raise awareness about suicide and its prevention, and to reduce the stigma associated with mental health problems.
The theme for World Suicide Prevention Day 2023 is "Creating Hope Through Action". This year's focus is on taking action to prevent suicide, and on creating a more hopeful world for everyone.
According to the CDC, suicide is the 10th leading cause of death in the United States.
In the LGBTQ+ community, suicide rates are 40% higher than in the general population.
Trans people are especially at risk, with a suicide attempt rate of 40%.
I know from personal experience how dark things can get. I attempted suicide twice, and it was only thanks to the intervention of my mental health therapist that I'm still here today.
If you're struggling, please know that you're not alone. There are people who care about you and want to help. Please reach out to a crisis hotline or mental health professional.
Here are some resources that can help:
The National Suicide Prevention Lifeline: 1-800-273-8255
The Trevor Project: 1-866-488-7386
Trans Lifeline: 1-877-565-8860
In the UK you can call:
Samaraitan's: 116 123
You are not alone. You are loved. You are worth it.
I wear a semicolon on my wrist as a reminder that I am a life continued rather than being a full stop. It's a symbol of hope and resilience. If you're struggling, I encourage you to find a symbol that gives you strength.
Together, we can break the silence around suicide and save lives. #WorldSuicidePreventionDay