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World Suicide Prevention Day

Every year on September 10, global citizens observe World Suicide Prevention Day. This growing problem and the numbers tell a terrible story. According to the World Health Organization (WHO), every 40 seconds, someone takes their own life. Suicide is the leading cause of death for people ages 15 to 29, and for every suicide that results in death, there are as many as 40 attempted suicides. 
Suicide is a part of a mental health global emergency. In America, 1 in 15 American adults suffer from depression. The good news is 80-90% of people respond positively to treatment if correctly diagnosed. About every 12 minutes, someone kills themselves in America. The reason this day is so important to observe is where there is awareness, action takes place. One of the main goals of World Suicide Prevention Day is “to increase awareness about suicidal behaviors and how to prevent them,” according to WHO.
Some sobering facts about suicide include the fact that men complete suicides more often, still women are more likely to attempt. Older people are more likely to die from suicide, given suicide is most common among people between the ages of 45 and 64. Early detection is vital, and that is why WHO points out, “prevention efforts must be comprehensive and integrated as no single approach alone can make an impact.”
At First Care, we understand and prioritize the fact that mental health is as important as physical health. Preventing suicide has been reported as a “public health priority” by the WHO and is something every global citizen needs to take seriously. World Suicide Prevention Day is a reminder that society needs consistent and increasing advocacy for mental health resources so that people struggling with mental health disorders can find the help they need. Please call the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline if you or someone you know needs help at 1-800-273-8255. If you or a loved one needs help with your mental health, First Care’s doors are always open to offer support and resources to anyone who needs it.