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World Suicide Prevention Day


What is World Suicide Prevention Day?

The International Association for Suicide Prevention (IASP) organised this day with the purpose of raising awareness of suicide and suicide prevention. Yearly, the day is themed and the 2024 theme is Creating Hope Through Action.

How is World Suicide Prevention Day Observed?

Every year, events take place around the world, focused on educating people on the realities of suicide and highlighting how governments, organisations, and individuals can help reduce the risk of people committing suicide.

Media campaigns take place on TV, radio, and online social sites on themes to do with suicide. COVID-19 had a detrimental effect on society with the number of suicides increasing. It is therefore important to increase awareness and help individuals at risk.

World Suicide Prevention Day and Employment

Suicide remains the single biggest killer of men under the age of 45 in the UK. This is likely to make up a large proportion of the workforce in most organisations. Employees spend a lot of their time in the workplace and Employers are increasingly taking responsibility for the mental health of their employees. Employers can implement initiatives to improve wellbeing, such as:

  • Engaging with their workforce, checking in with employees or offering a drop-in service to make sure they are truly okay
  • Offering an EAP or benefits package that includes access to counselling, or adding counselling to an existing EAP
  • Training mental health first aiders, who can engage in genuine conversations, listen non-judgementally and escalate as appropriate
  • Educating line managers and HR teams on suicide in the workplace and spotting the signs.
  • Creating an inclusive culture