10 September 2018 - Today is World Suicide Prevention Day. Over 800,000 people die by suicide annually, representing 1 person every 40 seconds. It takes less than 40 seconds to pickup the phone and tell someone that they are loved. This year, we want to challenge you to take the "40 Second Challenge". Call someone and tell them that you care about them. That's all it takes.
Individuals who have survived a suicide attempt have much to teach us about how the words and actions of others can be important, and many of them are now working as advocates for suicide prevention and have informed resources which are now readily available.
People are often reluctant to intervene, for many reasons, including a fear of not knowing what to say. It is important to remember, there is no specific formula. Empathy, compassion, genuine concern, knowledge of resources and a desire to help are key to preventing a tragedy.
For those in the US who need to talk someone, dial 1-800-273-8255 24/7. And always remember, you are special and we care about you!