World Suicide Prevention Day

September 10th 2013

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Each year people around the world to light a candle at 8:00pm on September 10th to show support for suicide prevention, to remember a loved one lost to suicide and for the survivors of suicide. The International Association for Suicide Prevention (IASP) and the World Health Organization (WHO) dedicate time each year to raise awareness about suicide.

The Problem

Suicide was the 10th leading cause of death in 2010 and remains a leading cause of death today. Now, according to the ISAP website, “Nearly one million people worldwide die by suicide each year. This corresponds to one death by suicide every 40 seconds.” The number of lives lost to suicide each year also exceeds the number of deaths due to homicide and war put together. These records don’t even include the number of attempted suicides which far exceeds any of the numbers given above.

MSUM’s Involvement
This year Minnesota State University Moorhead’s Wellness Educators are raising awareness about suicide by urging students, faculty and others around campus to wear yellow on September 10th to remember a loved that has passed due to suicide and to support suicide survivors. MSUM will also be having tables set up around campus passing out yellow wristbands to write the name of a loved one on or just “love” on.
A faculty member in our department, Melanie Schicker reflects on the awareness being brought to MSUM, “This is so important, as the numbers are rising in our college age group. We are making strides here on campus to ensure our students are educated regarding prevention.” Melanie is currently raising money for the Out of the Darkness Walk which will be held on September 22nd. She also intends to buy some yellow t-shirts to donate to those that can’t afford to go out and buy one for September 10th.

Seeking Help-National Suicide Prevention Lifeline: Call 1-800-273-TALK (8255) to be connected to a skilled, trained counselor at a crisis center in your area, anytime 24/7



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