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World Suicide Prevention Day

Quick Facts

World Suicide Prevention Day promotes worldwide action to prevent suicides on September 10 each year.

Local names

NameLanguage
World Suicide Prevention DayEnglish
Día Mundial para la Prevención del SuicidioSpanish
התאבדות עולם יום מניעהHebrew
اليوم العالمي لمنع الانتحارArabic
세계 자살 예방의 날Korean
Welt-Suizid-PräventionstagGerman

World Suicide Prevention Day 2014

Wednesday, September 10, 2014

World Suicide Prevention Day 2015

Thursday, September 10, 2015
List of dates for other years

World Suicide Prevention Day is observed on September 10 each year to promote worldwide action to prevent suicides. Various events and activities are held during this occasion to raise awareness that suicide is a major preventable cause of premature death.

One hand holding another hand.

World Suicide Prevention Day promotes issues such as suicide prevention. This photo is used for illustrative purposes only. It does not imply the attitudes, behaviour or actions of the models used for this photo.

©iStockphoto.com/Valentin Casarsa

What do people do?

World Suicide Prevention Day gives organizations, government agencies and individuals a chance to promote awareness about suicide, mental illnesses associated with suicide, as well as suicide prevention. Organizations such as the International Association for Suicide Prevention (IASP) and World Health Organization (WHO) play a key role in promoting this event.

Events and activities for World Suicide Prevention Day include:

Many of these initiatives are celebrated in various countries worldwide. Some of these events and activities are held at a local level, while others are nation-wide. Many communities around the world reaffirm their commitment to suicide prevention on World Suicide Prevention Day.

Public life

World Suicide Prevention Day is not a public holiday.

Background

Nearly 3000 people on average commit suicide daily, according to WHO. For every person who completes a suicide, 20 or more may attempt to end their lives. About one million people die by suicide each year. Suicide is a major preventable cause of premature death which is influenced by psycho-social, cultural and environmental risk factors that can be prevented through worldwide responses that address these main risk factors. There is strong evidence indicating that adequate prevention can reduce suicide rates.

World Suicide Prevention Day, which first started in 2003, is annually held on September 10 each year as an IASP initiative. WHO co-sponsors this event. World Suicide Prevention Day aims to:

WHO and IASP work with governments and other partners to ensure that suicide is no longer stigmatized, criminalized or penalized. WHO's role is to build political action and leadership to develop national responses to prevent suicide, strengthen national planning capacity to establish the core building blocks of such a national response, and build the national capacities to implement these responses.

World Suicide Prevention Day Observances

WeekdayDateYearNameHoliday typeWhere it is observed
WedSep 102003World Suicide Prevention DayUnited Nations observance 
FriSep 102004World Suicide Prevention DayUnited Nations observance 
SatSep 102005World Suicide Prevention DayUnited Nations observance 
SunSep 102006World Suicide Prevention DayUnited Nations observance 
MonSep 102007World Suicide Prevention DayUnited Nations observance 
WedSep 102008World Suicide Prevention DayUnited Nations observance 
ThuSep 102009World Suicide Prevention DayUnited Nations observance 
FriSep 102010World Suicide Prevention DayUnited Nations observance 
SatSep 102011World Suicide Prevention DayUnited Nations observance 
MonSep 102012World Suicide Prevention DayUnited Nations observance 
TueSep 102013World Suicide Prevention DayUnited Nations observance 
WedSep 102014World Suicide Prevention DayUnited Nations observance 
ThuSep 102015World Suicide Prevention DayUnited Nations observance 
SatSep 102016World Suicide Prevention DayUnited Nations observance 
SunSep 102017World Suicide Prevention DayUnited Nations observance 
MonSep 102018World Suicide Prevention DayUnited Nations observance 
TueSep 102019World Suicide Prevention DayUnited Nations observance 
ThuSep 102020World Suicide Prevention DayUnited Nations observance 
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