Creating hope for World Suicide Prevention Day 2021
This Friday, September 10 marks World Suicide Prevention Day (WSPD).
This global public health day aims to raise awareness and understanding about suicide prevention and mobilise local and international support for action.
WSPD was first introduced by the International Association of Suicide Prevention (IASP).
The IASP theme for 2021 is Creating Hope Through Action.
In Ireland, this is a theme that underpins the collective effort to prevent suicide and is reflected in the national suicide prevention strategy, Connecting for Life.
WSPD is a time to signal to those who are vulnerable or those experiencing suicidal thoughts, that we care and want to support them – that there is hope.
This helps to create a more compassionate society, where people feel comfortable coming forward to seek help, if they need it.
Remember, the HSE’s YourMentalHealth Information Line is always available anytime day or night for information on what other services and supports are available near you.
You can join the conversation around WSPD on social media by searching for and using the Twitter handle @NOSPIreland and hashtags #connectingforlife and #WSPD2021 in related Tweets.
From today, Wednesday, September 8 West Be Well will be sharing some key actions that you can start to take around the issue of suicide to help create hope.