Wednesday, September 10th will mark this year’s observance of World Suicide Prevention Day – an annual observance designed to raise awareness and remove the stigma of, and plan strategies and responses to, suicide. This is the 11th year of this observance. World Suicide Prevention Day takes place during National Suicide Prevention Week, from September 8th to the 14th.
According to the World Health Organization, which released their first-ever World Suicide Report this year, more than 800,000 people a year commit suicide – or one person every 40 seconds. Globally, suicide is the second leading cause of death in the “15 year old to 29 year old” age group. To view the report, and for more information, go to their webpage here:
Here at Minnesota State University Moorhead, the Hendrix Clinic and Counseling Center provides mental health care in addition to traditional physical health care. In addition, the Wellness Educators are urging everyone to wear yellow on September 10th in order to continue raising awareness.
For more information on what the Minnesota Department of Health is doing on suicide prevention, you can learn more at the following website:
The following numbers are available 24/7:
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.
Crisis Text Messaging Service: Text LIFE to 61222, a program offered by the Carlton County Public Health and Human Services through a grant from the Minnesota Department of Human Services.
Clay County Emergency Mental Health Telephone Number: 1‐800‐223‐4512