Sometimes the difference between life and death can be as little as a phone call.
September 10 is World Suicide Prevention Day — a day that sees official suicide prevention organizations around the world come together to advocate for the prevention of suicidal behavior.
On average, almost 3000 people die by suicide daily. For every person who completes a suicide, 20 or more may try to, meaning today alone, 3,000 people will end their lives and 72,000 more will attempt to do so.
Suicide prevention is not a spectator sport. Please, today, World Suicide Prevention Day, get involved. Call a friend, reach out to somebody you believe could be struggling. You may save a life.
Image caption: A crowd gathers on the streets of Havana to watch a suicide attempt unfold. From the time I stumbled upon the scene to the time she was saved through the efforts of the emergency response team, more than 3,000 people had gathered to witness what I hope was the lowest point in this woman’s life.