World Suicide Prevention Day is observed on 10 September every year, to provide worldwide commitment and action to prevent suicides, with various activities around the world since 2003. The International Association for Suicide Prevention (IASP) collaborates with the World Health Organization (WHO) and the World Federation for Mental Health (WFMH) to host activities on the World Suicide Prevention Day.

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Suicide is a term used when a person kills himself. According to studies, mental illnesses like depression, schizophrenia, OCD, anxiety disorder, insomnia have led to a higher rate of suicide.

World Suicide Prevention Day was started to bring awareness among people about not committing suicide so that people can deal with problems instead of accepting suicide as the solution to their problem. ISAP’s goal is not only to reduce the risk factors but also to strengthen the protective factor, especially during childhood and adolescence. Awareness regarding how mental health is equally important and that one needs to take care of the same and understand early symptoms and seek help.

In addition to raising awareness among the general public, there is also a need to support the appropriate reporting of suicide in the media. Evidence suggests that the way suicide is portrayed in the media can help or prevent suicide prevention efforts. WHO is releasing a new booklet titled “Preventing Suicide: A Resource for Media Professionals”, which guides journalists for responsible reporting on suicide.

Suicide is a curtain to various mental health problems, one needs to understand the importance of the wellbeing of their mental state, and reaching out should be more normalized. With the stigma associated with mental illness and suicide, the talk towards mental health is still a dream.

Contributed by Aman Jain content writer at Mitti Ke Rang

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