World Suicide Prevention Day - 10th September, 2012 - Activities

World Suicide Prevention Day 2012 - Strengthening Protective Factors and Instilling Hope

Suicide Prevention Across the Globe:
Strengthening Protective Factors and Instilling Hope



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Angola

2012 World Suicide Prevention Day banner in Portuguese


Lubango


Factores passionais e culturais apontadas como principais causas de suicídios

Lubango – Questões passionais e a diferenciação de culturas são alguns factores que têm levado muitas pessoas a cometerem suicídio na província da Huíla, considerou hoje, na cidade do Lubango, o psicólogo António Kavela.

Em declarações à Angop, no âmbito do Dia Mundial de Prevenção de Suicídio que hoje se assinala, disse que a maior parte das mortes provocadas por este fenómeno tem a ver com questões passionais (ciúmes) e cultural (poligamia).

Segundo a fonte, a situação do suicídio tem a ver também com a má gestão dos problemas correntes, pois os cidadãos não conseguem gerir a situação e muitas vezes matam-se.

António Kavela informou que para acabar com este tipo de situações as pessoas devem adquirir a educação, pois ela joga um papel bastante preponderante na mentalização do ser humano.

“É importante que o Estado também crie as condições sociais para os habitantes, passando na construção de escolas, hospitais, universidades e outras infra-estruturas que possam entreter e dar maior conhecimento ao cidadão”, realçou.

O também director do Hospital Psiquiátrico do Lubango disse que o suicida desenvolve o pensamento de que não possui "nenhuma chance" sobre seus dilemas, o que para si não se justifica, pois existem muitas evidências de recomeço que a vida oferece.

No Dia Mundial da Prevenção do Suicídio, a OMS insiste na necessidade de os grupos vulneráveis como os doentes mentais com depressão ou alcoólatras receberem um tratamento adequado e serem acompanhados.

Mas também pede aos governos que "restrinjam o acesso aos métodos comuns de suicídio", em alusão às armas, e solicita aos meios de comunicação que as "suas informações sobre o assunto sejam mais prudentes".

Source: Jornal de Angola


Argentina

2012 World Suicide Prevention Day banner in Spanish


10 DE SEPTIEMBRE DÍA NACIONAL DE LA PREVENCIÓN DEL SUICIDIO

Día Nacional de la prevención del suicide

Website


Necochea


Congreso Argentino de Suiciddología

Congreso Argentino de Suiciddología

Multicausalidad, Interdiciplinariedad e Intersectorialidad: caminos para el abordaje en la revalorizacíon de la vida"

14 y 15 Septiembre 2012

Facebook Page


San Salvador de Jujuy


Se llevaron cabo actividades por el Día Mundial de Prevención del Suicidio

En las instalaciones del Centro Cultural “Héctor Tizón”, se llevó a cabo en la mañana de hoy, la convocatoria hacia los jóvenes de distintos establecimientos educativos, donde se proyectó un documental referido al flagelo del suicidio, dentro del marco del Día Mundial de prevención del mismo, actividad en conjunto con la “Fundación Vida”.

Al referirse a este acontecimiento Victoria Luna Murillo, Coordinadora de Fortalecimiento Juvenil, consideró que “para nosotros en una fecha especial establecida como Día Mundial de la prevención del suicidio, acompañamos al equipo técnico dela “Fundación Vida”, donde ellos son los protagonistas y brindan asesoramiento, charlas sobre l problemática del suicidio, de modo que desde el área juvenil de la Municipalidad de San Salvador de Jujuy, a través del Programa de Fortalecimiento Juvenil y Dirección de Políticas de Juventud, acompañamos esta iniciativa y estamos a su disposición, como así también para otras instituciones que trabajen esta temática”.

En este plano la funcionaria se refirió a las próximas actividades que llevarán a cabo “estamos invitando a todos los ciudadanos de toda la provincia a las jornadas “Situaciones en Crisis”, prevención del suicidio, que se llevará a cabo el 14 de septiembre, a partir de las 8,30 horas, que dura todo el día y es con entrega de certificados”.

Integrarán el panel diversos disertantes, profesionales especialistas en el tema del suicidio, mesas paneles con diferentes áreas de la comuna que trabajan en este tema y brindan contención a quienes se encuentran en esta problemática. Esta actividad la organiza el Programa de Fortalecimiento Juvenil y la Dirección de Políticas de Juventud, junto a la Secretaría de Desarrollo Humano, tareas que se llevará a cabo en el Salón Auditorium del Ministerio de Bienestar Social, en Independencia Nº 41. Las inscripciones se inician a las 8,30 del mismo día y principalmente destinado a los jóvenes.

En la oportunidad, una de las integrantes de dicha Fundación Vida, Silvia Lugones, destacó “dentro de las tareas que realizamos, la permanente lucha contra el suicidio es nuestra principal actividad, por ello hoy, en el Día Mundial de prevención del suicidio organizamos el Cine Debate, destinado a alumnos de colegios secundarios”.

En ese contexto puntualizó “lamentablemente Jujuy tiene el más alto índice de suicidio infanto juvenil en nuestro país, particularmente en algunas localidades, como en Capital, en Abra Pampa, Humahuaca, San Pedro, es una problemática que nos ocupa y preocupa mucho”.

Por su parte, Mercedes Garay, también integrante dela “Fundación Vida”, se refirió al trabajo de dicha institución en beneficio de la franja etaria en riesgo “si bien no tenemos un lugar propio para desarrollar nuestras actividades, nos reunimos todos los jueves en dependencias del Buen Pastor, desde las 20,00 horas, e invitamos a las personas que se sumen a esta tarea solidaria”.

En cuanto a la mecánica de ayuda aclaró “básicamente nos enfrentamos a la contención y la prevención, contención a través del teléfono gratuito 0800 888 2558, donde pueden llamar las 24 horas, si necesitan ayuda o simplemente si quieren comunicarse con inquietudes, tanto para jóvenes, padres, docentes y, la prevención que es anticiparnos a lo que pudiera suceder, en este marco brindamos conferencias, talleres, jornadas dirigido a todas las edades”.

Al graficar el accionar dijo que “es muy gratificante, el trabajo por los demás brinda un incentivo particular” y propició el hecho de que mucha gente debiera brindar su tiempo hacia objetivos loables.

El CentroCultural “Héctor Tizón” informa las actividades previstas para ésta semana y hace extensiva la invitación a participar de las mismas:

· Lunes 10/9 -8,30 a13 hs – Actividad por el Día Mundial Contra el Suicidio (Coordinación de Programas de Fortalecimiento Juvenil).

· Lunes 10/9 -18 a22 hs – Posgrado “Ordenamiento y Gestión del Territorio” (Fundación Colegio de Arquitectos).

· Martes 11/9 -8,30 a12 hs – Reunión dela Red Multisectorialde Violencia (Dirección de Desarrollo Integral de la Familia).

· Martes 11/9 -18 a22 hs – Posgrado “Ordenamiento y Gestión del Territorio” (Fundación Colegio de Arquitectos).

· Miércoles 12/9 – 20 hs – PRESENTACIÓN DE LIBRO / “Hay un rinoceronte columpiándose en mi ingle”, de César Colmenares.

· Jueves 13/9 -9 a17,30 hs – Curso Internacional de Cineantropometría ISAK – Nivel1, acargo del Lic.José LuisAcordia (Dirección de Salud y Zoonosis).

· Jueves 13/9 – 20 hs – CICLO DE CINE + SHOW DE MAGIA / “Cine, Magia y algo más que una mujer cortada en dos” / 2° entrega: “El gran truco” (Christopher Nolan, 2006). (Organizan: Ramírez, el mago malo y Centro Cultural “Héctor Tizón”).

· Viernes 14/9 -9 a17,30 hs – Curso Internacional de Cineantropometría ISAK – Nivel1, acargo del Lic.José LuisAcordia (Dirección de Salud y Zoonosis).

· Viernes 14/9 – 21 hs – MÚSICA EN EL TIZÓN / Dr. Jazz.

· Sábado 15/9 -9 a17,30 hs – Curso Internacional de Cineantropometría ISAK – Nivel1, acargo del Lic.José LuisAcordia (Dirección de Salud y Zoonosis).

· Domingo 16/9 -19 a22 hs -LA MILONGA DEL TIZÓN.

Source: JuJuy Al Día

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Australia


Adelaide, South Australia


Out of the Darkness and into the Light Walk

Lifeline Adelaide

Date: Monday 10 September 2012
Time: 12.00pm
Meeting place: Victoria Square
Contact: Graeme Ruwoldt - 08 8202 5820
lifelineadmin@unitingcommunities.org


Albury, New South Wales


Out of the Darkness and into the Light Walk

Lifeline Albury

Date: Saturday 8th September 2012
Time: 5.00pm
Meeting place: Commence Noreuil Park, Albury - Finish Gateway Island, Wodonga
Contact: Lisa Van Egmond -0437 395 161
seidell@lifelinemacarthur.org.au
The event will commence at Noriel Park and finish at the amphitheatre on Gateway Island where there will be a guest speaker and refreshments available.


Alice Springs, Northern Territory


Out of the Darkness and into the Light Walk

Alice Springs

Date: Friday 7 September 2012
Time: 10.00am
Meeting place: Gap Youth Centre
Contact: Gayle Joyce
gayle.joyce@gyc.org.au

Light refreshments available to participants.


Ballarat, Victoria


Out of the Darkness and into the Light Walk

Lifeline Ballarat

Date: Saturday 15th September
Time: 5.30am
Meeting place: Lake Wendouree gathering point at the rotunda near Pipers Restaurant. A 2km walk will proceed from the Moray Gates in the Botanical Gardens
Contact: Kellie Dunn - 03 5337 2751
kdunn@lifelineballarat.com.au

Held in conjuction with Ballarat Suicide Prevention Network


Batemans Bay, New South Wales


Out of the Darkness and into the Light Walk

Lifeline Bateman's Bay

Date: Saturday 8th September
Time: 7.30am
Meeting place: Batehaven Park, Batemans Bay
Contact: Sylvia Williams
chramaben@yahoo.com.au


Bourke, New South Wales


Out of the Darkness and into the Light Walk

Lifeline Bourke

Date: Sunday 9 September 2012
Time: 10.00am
Meeting place: Port O, Bourke Wharf
Contact: Julie Murphy
juliemurphy04@gmail.com
Breakfast, coffee and tea will be available.


Brisbane, Queensland


Roses in the Ocean - Brisbane
August 31st – September 10th - The Powerhouse riverfront, 119 Lamington Street, New Farm
2012 sees the launch of 'Roses in the Ocean' - a weeklong community driven Suicide Awareness event leading into World Suicide Prevention Day.

Gather your family, friends and colleagues together, and help stem the tide of suicide.

Place a rose in the ocean, a river, creek or dam in acknowledgment of the prevalence of suicide in our communities and as a display of support for all who are experiencing a mental health issue or have been impacted by suicide.

Join us in Brisbane on August 31st for our inaugural event:
The Powerhouse riverfront, 119 Lamington Street, New Farm at 11am
Bring your own rose (you can order roses through our website)

or ...

Create and register your own special occasion:

Visit our Website where you can invite your family & friends, order your roses and then upload photos and thoughts from your special occasion.

Event Website

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AISRAP World Suicide Prevention Day Forum - Brisbane
Monday, 10 September 2012 8:00 am to 4.15 pm.Christie Conference Centre, 320 Adelaide Street Brisbane
The Australian Institute for Suicide Research and Prevention are hosting a World Suicide Prevention Day Forum in Brisbane.

Confirmed presentations include:
How can we prevent suicide if we cannot measure it? Issues surrounding quality of suicide data in Australia
Suicide trends in Qld based on the Queensland Suicide Register
Suicide prevention in Mt Isa
Queensland Police Suicide Prevention Project
Predictors of suicide in GLBTI communities based on Australian literature
Rail suicide prevention
Suicide in rural and remote areas of Australia
Suicide and suicide prevention in farmers
Risk and protective factors of child suicides
Potential for suicide prevention in prisons

Website

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Out of the Darkness and into the Light Walk

Brisbane

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Date: Saturday 8 September 2012
Time: 10.00am
Meeting place: Wynnum foreshore, Brisbane
Contact: Nicky Brummell
N1cky83@hotmail.com


Broken Hill, New South Wales


Out of the Darkness and into the Light Walk

Broken Hill

Date: Monday 10 September 2012
Time: 6.15am - 10.00am
Meeting place: Under the Pro Hart Ant
Contact: Trevor Odgers - 08 8087 7525
fundraising@lifelinebrokenhill.org.au
Participants will walk from Cnr Bromide & Blende Street to the Town Square for a BBQ egg & bacon breakfast.


Broome, Western Australia


Arafmi Suicide Support Group has decided to participate in the World Suicide Prevention Day Activities by having a March at 10:00am from the Broome Court House Stewart Street in Broome Western Australia. The Walk will end at the Sister of the St John of God Hertiage Centre.

At the centre there will be an opening speach and speaker from family that has been effect by suicide, there will be a Youth Service that will include a guest speaker at this event.

There are flowers at the entrance to be pick up and place in a pool of fresh water and a pool with salt water to represent the fresh water people and salt water people. This is in remembance of the family or friends who have been lost to suicide.

Lunch and refreshment will be provided.


Byron Bay, New SOuth Wales


Out of the Darkness and into the Light Walk

Lifeline Byron Bay

Date: Monday 10 September 2012
Time: 5.00pm
Meeting place: Peace Pole - Main Beach, Bryon Bay
Contact: Bonnie Alcorn
mary1flower@yahoo.com.au

Walk attendees are encouraged to bring a candle and flower to the walk.


Bundaberg, Queensland


Out of the Darkness and into the Light Walk

Lifeline Bundaberg

Date: Sunday 9 September 2012
Time: 5:30am
Meeting place: Bargara Streetscape Decking, The Esplanade, Bargara
Contact: Delma Lovell - 07 4153 8400
Delma.Lovell@uccommunity.org.au

Dawn ceremony, commencing at Bargara Streetscape Decking, 1km stroll to Schuhkraft Walk Park, Bargara where a light breakfast will be served.


Burleigh Heads, Queensland


Out of the Darkness and into the Light Walk

Burleigh Heads

Date: Monday 10 September, 2012
Time: 5.30am
Meeting place: Tallebudgera Recreation Centre Burleigh Heads
Contact: Carmel Burton
burton.carmel@gmail.com

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Cairns, Queensland


Out of the Darkness and into the Light Walk

Lifeline Cairns

Date: Monday 10 September 2012
Time: 5.15am
Meeting place: Cairns Esplanade
Contact: Susan Vaughan -07 4050 4955
susan.vaughan@uccommunity.org.au


Caloundra, Queensland


OzHelp BBQ and Suicide Prevention in the Workplace Event - Caloundra
17 - 18 September Caloundra Powerboat Club Woorim Park, 1 The Esplanade Golden Beach, Caloundra
OzHelp's national office staff will be involved in a free Let's Talk BBQ event, and in addition, OzHelp's CEO, Tony Holland, will be involved in the week that follows, speaking at a Suicide Prevention in the Workplace event.

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Canberra, Australia Capital Territory


Out of the Darkness and into the Light Walk

Lifeline Canberra

Date:Saturday 8th September 2012
Time:6:30am
Meeting place:Reconciliation Place, Canberra
Contact:Matt Heffernan - 02 6204 6406
matt.heffernan@act.lifeline.org.au
Ends at Reconciliation Place. 9:00am


Cessnock, New South Wales


Out of the Darkness and into the Light Walk

Lifeline Cessnock

Date: Sunday 9th September
Time: 6.00am
Meeting place: Cnr North Avenue and Darwin St, Cessnock
Contact:Samantha Tama
survivorsofsuicidecessnock@gmail.com
Bacon rolls and sausage sizzle will be available for a gold coin donation.


City of Charles Strut, South Australia


ON YOUR BIKE! - Cycle Against Stigma
FREE COMMUNITY EVENT

Sunday 9 September, 2012: free bike ride from the Entertainment Centre along Linear Park to Henley Square, culminating in family-friendly fun and entertainment.

Coinciding with World Suicide Prevention Day, CATCH MY DRifT (ww.facebook.com/CMDrift) in partnership with CITY OF CHARLES STURT are getting together to celebrate life on our bikes, as well as helping to reduce the stigma associated with mental health and suicide.

"Having experienced the devastating effects of suicide first-hand after my teenage brother took his own life, I wanted to make a difference and raise awareness about mental health and suicide prevention," says Mary Aloisi (Founder/ Director of YWYS and CATCH MY DRifT - www.communitywebs.org/ywys/).

Mary has dedicated her life to empowering young people to reach their potential by making positive and informed choices and becoming actively engaged in their community. At present, there are over 40 active young volunteers ranging in age from 16 - 25 years and some 'young at heart' who help her run programs to improve self-esteem and build resilience.

Details of 'ONE YOUR BIKE - Cycle Against Stigma'
Departing from the Adam Street Carpark, opposite the Adelaide Entertainment Centre @ 9:00am, trekking along the River Torrens Linear Bike Trail, and finishing at Henley Square, this bike ride promises to be an unforgettable experience! This is a family friendly ride, with various playground facilities along the way, as well as water stops and toilets if required.
THEN, join us at the end for a fun-filled morning with face painting, community information stalls and FREE entertainment provided by AMAZING DRUMMING MONKEYS (www.amazingdrummingmonkeys.com), and NINA V & Tony Genovese from Pulse Band (www.pulseband.com.au).
"There is nothing more satisfying than being part of a team working together to help other young people. What better way to highlight the connection between our physical health and emotional wellbeing than getting on your bike and riding for a terrific cause," says Celeste Fontanabella (Catch my DRifT volunteer and Event Coordinator).

For more information or interview please contact Mary Aloisi or Celeste Fontanabella

E: cmdrift@gmail.com
M: 0400 669 619
Web: www.communitywebs.org/ywys


Coffsharbour, New South Wales


Out of the Darkness and into the Light Walk

Lifeline Coffs Harbour

Date: Saturday 8th September
Time: 5.50am (Sunrise at 5.55am)
Meeting place: Coffs Harbour Jetty Co-op
Contact: Lyn Anderson - 02 66514093
landersonll@bigpond.com
Candle or torches can be carried during the walk.


Como, New South Wales


Out of the Darkness and into the Light Walk

Como

Date: Monday 10 September 2012
Time: 0.00am
Meeting place: Como Pleasure grounds, 2R Cremona Rd, Como
Contact: Rosanna Commisso
censervice@gcais.ngo.org.au
Return walk from Como Pleasure grounds to Oatley Park. Attendees are required to complete registration form for this walk. Contact censervice@gcais.ngo.org.au or admin@scw.org.au for a further information. Registration closes Monday 3rd September 2012.


Cowes, Victoria


Out of the Darkness and into the Light Walk

Lifeline Cowes

Date: Sunday 9th September
Time: 11.00am
Meeting place: Woolamai Beach Surf Life Saving car park
Contact: Melanie Dixon
mellstravel@hotmail.com


Cowra, New South Wales


With World Suicide Prevention Day (September 10) and R U OK Day (September 13) on the horizon, Cowra Loss and Suicide Awareness Group (CLASA) is hosting a one-hour Black Dog Institute seminar to highlight adolescent depression.

The seminar will provide parents, teachers and other adults working with adolescents with tools for recognizing symptoms and seeking help, says presenter, Cheryl O'Grady, a volunteer community educator with the Black Dog Institute.

"It's a confronting statistic that no less than six people suicide every day in our country, not to mention around 30 attempts," says Ms O'Grady.

"In fact it's the most common cause of death for Australians aged 15 to 44 and yet we know comparatively little about how to intervene.

"Thoughts of death are a symptom of serious depression and one in five of us is affected by depression.

"It's essential we break the silence, get serious about reducing stigma and get people talking and more positive about their lives," Ms O'Grady says.

The seminar will help identify the warning signs of depression which typically occur in mid-to-late adolescence.

"It focuses on the importance of early intervention, offers practical strategies for communicating with someone who you are concerned about, when and where to go for help, and strategies for building resilience," Ms O'Grady says.

The free community seminar will be held at 6:30pm on Wednesday, September 5, at the Multipurpose Room, Cowra Library.

Bookings are essential through Cowra Neighbourhood Centre on 6342 4900.

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Cremorne, New South Wales


Out of the Darkness and into the Light Walk

Lifeline Cremorne

Date: Sunday 9 September 2012
Time: 10.30am
Meeting place: Cremorne Point Foreshore
Contact: Emily Jones
eafj90@hotmail.com


Darwin, Northern Territory


Darwin Region Indigenous Suicide Prevention Network - Walk 4 Suicide Prevention & Awareness

Monday 10th September - Darwin - the Esplanade (Opp. Peel St) and finishing at Raintree Park.

Darwin Region Indigenous Suicide Prevention Network invites you to its second Annual WALK 4 SUICIDE PREVENTION & AWARENESS on Monday 10th September to coincide with World Suicide Prevention Day.

Starting at 11.30am on the Esplanade (Opp. Peel St) and finishing at Raintree Park. The Walk will be followed by guest speakers, performers and a free BBQ.

For further information please call Ngaree 0405 158 637 or Delsey 0405 100 655

Look for us on Facebook: Darwin Region Indigenous Suicide Prevention Network or Email


Derby, Western Australia


Derby will be having a BBQ for the evening for the Community of Derby at the Derby Youth Centre.<
Start: 6:00pm-8:30pm
There will be guest speaker from the Community who have lost love ones to suicide, also service to speak about what help is available to someone that is at risk of harming themselves.


Dubbo, New South Wales


Walk Towards Hope - Dubbo
8 September Lions Park West, Dubbo The NALAG Suicide Network is holding the Walk Towards Hope on the 8 Septmberfrom 11am at Lions Park West, Dubbo. br /> Contact is NALAG on 0268829222 on Website.


East Perth, Western Australia


Living Proud (the LGBTI CAP) family-friendly rainbow community picnic – East Perth.

Sunday, September 9 - Victoria Gardens in East Perth.
Living Proud (the LGBTI CAP) is hosting a family-friendly rainbow community picnic in recognition of World Suicide Prevention Day on Sunday September 9th at Victoria Gardens in East Perth.

Rainbow community picnics were an initiative suggested by the community during the consultation period as an opportunity for LGBTI families, individuals, community groups and allies to engage together in a safe, family-friendly and alcohol free environment, as a means of reducing social isolation and strengthening community connection

Website


Fremantle, Western Australia


Out of the Darkness and into the Light Walk

Fremantle

Date: Saturday September 8 2012
Time: 6.00pm
Meeting place: Freemantle Town Hallbr /> Contact: Sarah Visser
sarah.visser@fremantleheadspace.com.au

Tea and coffee and biscuits will be provided after the walk. People are encouraged to write a reflection after the walk and attach it to a tree that will be there on the day.


Geelong, Victoria


Out of the Darkness and into the Light Walk

Geelong

Date: Sunday 9 September, 2012
Time: 11.00am
Meeting place: Barwon Valley Fun Park, Belmont
Contact: Lorelle Crosby
lorelle_reece@bigpond.com

A sausage sizzle will be provided after the walk.


Gladstone, Queensland


Out of the Darkness and into the Light Walk

Gladstone

Date: Sunday 9 September, 2012
Time: 7.00am
Meeting place: Reg Tanna Memorial Park (at the duck pond)
Contact: Laura Peepall
Laura.peepall@uccommunity.org.au

Food and drinks will be available. Gold coin donation welcome.


Grafton, New South Wales


Out of the Darkness and into the Light Walk

Gradfton

Date: Saturday September 8 2012
Time: 8.30am
Meeting place: See Park, Grafton
Contact: Kevin Donoghue
kjdonoghue@live.com


Hervey Bay, Queensland


Out of the Darkness and into the Light Walk

Lifeline Hervey Bay

Date: Monday 10 September 2012
Time: 5.30am
Meeting place: Urangan Pier, Hervey Bay
Contact: Pat Consen - 07 4122 9000
pat.consen@uccommunity.org.au

We will meet in the area surrounding the beginning of the jetty and walk together to the end to watch the sunrise as we throw flowers into the water to commemorate those we have lost to suicide or who have survived suicide and celebrate a new beginning with the rising of the sun.


Hobart, Tasmania


Out of the Darkness and into the Light Walk


Time: 5.35am
Meeting place: Hobart
Contact: Peter Crosswell - 0418 128 595


Iinnisfail, Queensland


Out of the Darkness and into the Light Walk

Lifeline Innisfail

Date: Monday 10 September 2012
Time: 6.15am for 6.30am
Meeting place: Skate park, opposite hospital, Innisfail
Contact:Eileen Bedford
eileen@csci.org.au


Ispwich, Queensland


Out of the Darkness and into the Light Walk

Lifeline Ispwich

Date: Saturday 15th September
Time: 9.00am
Meeting place: the Bush Chapel, Queens Park
Contact:Karen Prestidge - (07) 3816 9610
Karen.prestidge@uccommunity.org.au

Complimentary morning tea.


Mel Hirth Lookout, South Australia


Out of the Darkness and into the Light Walk

Lifeline Mel Hirth Lookout

Date: Saturday 8th September 2012
Time: 7am
Meeting place: Mel Hirth Lookout
Eve Barratt - 08 8723 2299
ebarratt@lifelinese.com.au

Overlooking the Blue Lake Community Breakfast and Walk of Choice.


Launceston, Tasmania


TASMANIAN COMMUNITY GATHERING, AUSTRALIA SUICIDE BEREAVEMENT SUPPORT WORLD SUICIDE PREVENTION DAY SEPTEMBER 10TH

Where people affected by the suicide of someone known to them, those who support them and those in the community who would like to demonstrate a commitment to reducing the incidence of suicide in Tasmania will be provided with the opportunity for

The Community Gathering encourages anyone affected by the suicide of another to attend regardless of the nature of their relationship with the bereaved, for example partner, ex-partner, parent, former employer, grandparent, relative, workmate, teacher, sibling, sporting colleague ... to name a few. Service providers please bring information to share.

Guest MC : Roisin McCann, ABC Northern Tasmania (TBC)
WHERE: Tamar Rowing Club Rooms, West Tamar Road, Launceston, TASMANIA, AUSTRALIA

WHEN: Monday 10th September 2012
TIME : 11.30 am - 1.30pm Sausage sizzle provided: Gold coin donation appreciated
TRANSPORT: Community Transport may be available for outlying areas - please call to confirm
CONTACTS: Wendy French 0408 133 884 or Garry Rafferty 6336 5155


Melbourne, Victoria


Out of the Darkness and into the Light Walk

Lifeline Melbourne

Date: Sunday 9th September 2012
Time: 9.00am
Meeting place: Catani Gardens near St Kilda beach
Kerry Dawson - 03 9666 1272
kerry.dawson@wesley.org.au


Mount Annan, New South Wales


Out of the Darkness and into the Light Walk

Lifeline Mt Annan

Date:Saturday 8th September 2012
Time:8-10.30am
Meeting place: The Australian Botanic Garden
Contact: Liz Seidel - 02 4645 7266
seidell@lifelinemacarthur.org.au
Meeting at the Cafe. Complimentary morning tea.


Mount Isa, Queensland


Out of the Darkness and into the Light Walk

Lifeline Mount Isa

Date:Monday 10th September 2012
Time:9:00am
Meeting place:Outback at Isa, Marion Street
Contact:Vicki and Toga Portch
vportch@centacarenq.org.au


Newcastle, New South Wales


Hope in the Hunter
Monday, 10 September 2012The University of Newcastle, McMullen Theatre
World Suicide Prevention Day is coming to Newcastle this September to help instil hope in the Hunter region and to discuss important preventative factors. The University of Newcastle is inviting all members of the community to attend a seminar being held from 6pm to 8pm in the McMullen Theatre on September 10.

Guest speakers from local Mental Health organisations will be talking on the evening, including Professor Gregory Cater from the Calvary Mater and Associate Professor Chris Willcox from James Fletcher Hospital.

Titled Suicide Prevention: Strengthening Protective Factors and Instilling Hope in the Hunter Region, the seminar will offer insight on a number of different issues, including effective intervention measures to help reduce repeat attempts. A question and answer session will also run after the brief talks, giving audience members a chance to raise any issues with the panel.

The seminar is being organised by Dr Keith Harris, a Psychology lecturer from the University of Newcastle who has extensive experience in the area of Suicidology.

Come along on September 10 to be part of something that can make a real difference to precious lives in the Hunter and around the world.

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Nowra, New South Wales


Out of the Darkness and into the Light Walk

Lifeline Nowra

Date: Monday 10 September 2012
Time:6.00am
Meeting place: Nowra Showground
Clare Leslie - 02 4228 1311
c.leslie@llsc.org.au


Penrith, New South Wales


Out of the Darkness and into the Light Walk

Lifeline Penrith

Date: Saturday 8 September 2012
Time: 11.00am
Meeting place: Memorial Ave, Penrith
Contact: Jay McGarrity
jmcgarrity1@bigpond.com
Meet out the front of the old Log Cabin Hotel and continue around the Nepean River walk.


Perth, Western Australia


Out of the Darkness and into the Light Walk

Lifeline Perth

Date: Saturday 8th September
Time: 5.30am
Meeting place: Kings Park Perth
Contact: Natalie Bird - 08 9261 4414
fundraising@lifelinewa.org.au

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My name is Wesley Serrano and I am a Social Worker in the Self Harm and Crisis Counselling Service at Sir Charles Gairdner Hospital in Perth, Western Australia.

Our service will be creating a stall in the hospital foyer to increase awareness regarding suicide and world suicide prevention day. This will include brochures for where to get help and information packages.


St. Kilda, Victoria


It's OK to talk about suicide - Community Awareness Walk
Sunday 9 September at 9amCatani Gardens, St Kilda
Catani Gardens will play host to anyone who has been touched by suicide.
It will be a gentle walk with some brief formalities and other activities which will give people the opportunity to remember their loved ones.
The theme for the walk is It's OK To Talk About Suicide because we want to create awareness about the appropriate ways to talk about suicide and bereavement.
We want to break through the shroud of secrecy that surrounds suicide.
Further information about the walk can be found at www.outoftheshadows.org.au
Click on 'Find a Walk' and follow the links—you can register for the walk
by clicking on RSVP. Or you can call (03) 9666 1272.


Sunshine Coast, Queensland


The Sunshine Coast/Caboolture Community Suicide Bereavement Remembrance Day
08/09/2012 Picnic Point, Maroochydore
2002 to 2012 - 10th Anniversary Event

To remember those who have been lost through suicide in our communities and to acknowledge those bereaved family members, friends and associates living beyond suicide.

The day will feature the words and thoughts of people bereaved by suicide, a presentation by the Caloundra Living Beyond Suicide Support Group and other guest speakers. Activities on the day will include a brief Remembrance Ceremony. This will be followed by the release of doves and an opportunity for individuals to place Flowers of Remembrance into the waters of the river in acknowledgement of the significance of this day for our communities. Children's activities with parental supervision will also be available.

Please feel welcome to bring photos of those you have lost and yourselves - as people who continue to live beyond suicide.

All are welcome to bring a picnic lunch, tea & coffee, etc. for an informal sharing time after this event. Please feel free to bring folding/portable chairs etc.

For further information contact United Synergies
StandBy Response Service on: 5442 4277

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Swan Hill, Victoria


Out of the Darkness and into the Light Walk

Swan Hill

Date: Monday 10 September, 2012
Time: 6.30am
Meeting place: Voyage Fitness, Swan Hill
Contact: Jade Ficarra
jade.ficarra@gmail.com
We will have breakfast afterwards at La Mangia Cafe.


Sydney, New South Wales


MindOut Symposium The National LGBTI Mental Health and Suicide Prevention Project

Standing Strong, Living Long: The opportunities and challenges for suicide prevention in LGBTI populations

This one day symposium will focus on the essential elements of effective and safe mental health promotion and suicide prevention for LGBTI people.

While most lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and intersex (LGBTI) people live happy and fulfilling lives, the over-representation of LGBTI people in the depression and anxiety, self-harm and suicide statistics is a matter requiring a concerted, multi-faceted and collaborative response. This symposium will be informed by the key determinants that have been shown to have a detrimental impact on LGBTI peoples mental health and are precipitators of psychological distress and suicidality.

Based on their experience and professional insights, symposium presenters will speak on what they see as the key opportunities and challenges for effective mental health and suicide prevention programmes and services for LGBTI people as well as specific considerations for particular populations; older persons, transgender and intersex.

The symposium is open to anyone who has an interest in promoting the health and well-being of LGBTI people.


Strathalbyn, South Australia


Out of the Darkness and into the Light Walk

Lifeline Strathalbyn

Date: Monday 10 September 2012
Time: 6.00am
Meeting place: Strathalbyn Visitors Centre
Contact: Laura Pelle
lkpelle@adam.com.au
The walk will end in the park with a community breakfast, provided through donations from local businesses.


Sydney, New South Wales


Sydney Olympic Park

Out of the Darkness and into the Light Walk

Lifeline Sydney

Date: Sunday 9 September 2012
Time: 10.30am
Meeting place: Bicentennial Park - Sydney Olympic Park
Contact: Shay Scott
shayscott.email@gmail.com
Meeting point is at the "Treillage" in Bicentennial Park. It is the large tower structure near the middle of the park. Maps and information can be obtained here.


Toowoomba, Queensland


Out of the Darkness and into the Light Walk

Lifeline Toowoomba

Date: Sunday 9th September 2012
Time: 5.15am for 5.30am start
Meeting place: East Creek Park, Kitchener Street (between Margaret & Herries Street)
Harold Crane - 07 4696 6067 or 0418 717 499
harold@ccnt.com.au

Hot drinks will be available.


Tully, Queensland


Out of the Darkness and into the Light Walk

Tully

Date: Monday 10 September 2012
Time: 5.30am
Meeting place: Tully Support Centre
Sarah Cason
sarahcason@tullysupportcentre.com.au

Bacon and egg sandwiches with tea and coffee will be available for breakfast at the Tully Support Centre at approximately 6:45am for those who have participated in the walk.


Wheatbelt, Western Australia


OneLife WA events from 3rd - 15th September - Wheatbelt, WA
3rd - 15th September Wheatbelt, WA
The Wheatbelt is buzzing in September. Please see click here for a full list of events. For more information on any of these events please email Jane.

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Wollongong, New South Wales


Out of the Darkness and into the Light Walk

Lifeline Wollongong

Date: Monday 10 September 2012
Time: 6.00am
Meeting place:The Lighthouse, Flagstaff Hill Park
Contact: Clare Leslie - 02 4228 1311
c.leslie@llsc.org.au


Austria


2012 World Suicide Prevention Day banner in German


Graz, Steiermark


Der neu gegründete Dachverband GPVSt (Gemeindepsychiatrischer Verbund Steiermark mit dem Netzwerk für psychische Gesundheit) lädt Sie sehr herzlich zum

Informationstages
am Welttag der Suizidprä vention


ein.

Thema:
Keinen Platz mehr in der Gesellschaft gefunden
Jährlich töten sich 236 Menschen in unserem Bundesland selbst. Die Ursache kann eine psychische Erkrankung sein, die leider nicht rechtzeitig erkannt wurde. Oder es sind seelische Belastungen, die zu groß wurden und wirksame Hilfe, die zu spät kam.

Aktuell ist es das Anliegen des Dachverbandes GPVSt auf die verdrängte Problematik der Suizidalität in der Steiermark anlässlich des Welttages der Suizidprävention, der jedes Jahr am 10. September begangen wird, aufmerksam zu machen.

Suizidrate in der Steiermark besonders hoch
Insgesamt haben im Jahre 2011 in Österreich 1.286 Menschen ihr Leben durch Selbstmord beendet. 2011 starben alleine in der Steiermark 236 Menschen durch Selbsttötung. Dies übertrifft die Zahl der jährlichen Todesfälle durch Straßenverkehrsunfälle (72 Personen) um mehr als das Dreifache. Im Bundesländervergleich liegt die Steiermark somit vor Niederösterreich und Oberösterreich mit einer Rate von 19,5 pro 100.000 Einwohner deutlich über dem Bundesdurchschnitt die bei 15,3 liegt und nimmt dabei den unerfreulichen 1. Platz ein.

10. September 2012 - Welttag der Suizidprävention - Aktion „Desert Chairs“
Am Welttag der Suizidprävention soll auf diese Fakten hingewiesen werden und die Notwendigkeit einer aktiven, flächendeckenden Suizidprävention in das öffentliche Bewusstsein gerückt werden. Ein weiteres wichtiges Ziel ist es auch, dass jeder Mensch, der qualifizierte Hilfe sucht auch Angebote findet, die er in seiner psychischen Situation auch annehmen kann.

Für die 236 Steirerinnen und Steirer die ihr Leben im Jahre 2011 durch Selbsttötung beendet haben, wird der Dachverband GPVSt mit der Aktion „Desert (verlassene) Chairs“ am 10. September 2012 am Grazer Hauptplatz 236 Stühle aufstellen. Die Zahl der Stühle sowie die Aktion soll dabei symbolisch für die Anzahl der Suizid Verstorbenen, die keinen Platz mehr in der Gesellschaft gefunden haben, stehen. Der Tag soll aufzeigen, dass Hilfe in akuten Krisen möglich ist.

Zusätzlich werden ExpertInnen der Mitgliedsorganisationen des Dachverbandes in der Zeit von 10 - 12 Uhr zu den Themen Suizidprävention, Krisenintervention sowie über relevanten Dienstleistungen zum Thema psychische Gesundheitsoll an Informationsständen Auskunft geben.

DSA Andrea Zeitlinger
Obfrau des Dachverbandes GPVSt und
Geschäftsführerin von pro mente steiermark

Rückfragehinweise unter:
Peter Wildbacher, pro mente steiermark, Tel. 0664/88 69 13 03,
E-Mail: peter.wildbacher@promentesteiermark.at

Dachverband GPVs
Gemeindepsychiatrischer Verbund Steiermark, Eisteichgasse 17, 8042 Graz
Tel.: +43 (0)316/71 42 45-14, Fax: +43 (0)316/71 42 45-12,
E-Mail: dachverband@gpv.or.at
www.gpv.or.at

Neue Informationsbroschüre „Suizidprvention - Erste Hilfe für die Seele“ wird vom Dachverband GPVs vorgestellt

Damit zukünftig Menschen die gefährdet sind, sich das Leben zu nehmen, rechtzeitig rettende Hilfe erhalten, hat der neue „Gemeindepsychiatrische Verbund Steiermark - GPVSt“, diese Broschüre als „Erste Hilfe in Krisen“ geschaffen. Hier finden Sie konkrete Anweisungen wie die Lebensgefahr eines Angehörigen oder Mitmenschen erkannt werden kann und was dann zu tun ist, um Leben zu retten.

Infos unter: dachverband@pgv.or.at


Vienna


The Crisis Intervention Center in Vienna will host a conference on "Crisis intervention - target groups, places, methods" in cooperation with the Austrian Association for Suicide Prevention on the occasion of the 35th anniversary of the Crises Intervention Center Vienna.

Lectures will be given on a variety of topics, e.g. "Neurobiological aspects of coping with stress - consequences for crisis intervention," "Crises of elderly people," "Crisis intervention for children and young adults" and "Crisis intervention - online."

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The Austrian Minister of Health Alois Stöger together with Austrian suicide prevention experts presents the national suicide prevention concept SUPRA at a press conference.

Vienna, Sept. 7th press centre Stubenring 1


Bangladesh


2012 World Suicide Prevention Day banner in Bengali


Jhenidah


We have arranged the following activities for 2012 WSPD in our city Jhenidah, Bangladesh.

  1. Press conference
  2. Rally
  3. Discussion Meeting
  4. Drama
  5. Cultural show

Prof. Zahidul Islam


Belgium


2012 World Suicide Prevention Day banner in Flemish

2012 World Suicide Prevention Day banner in French


Bruxelles


Dans le cadre de la Journée mondiale de prévention du suicide, le Centre de Prévention du Suicide organise plusieurs actions de sensibilisation à destination d'un large public.

Au programme :

--Le lundi 10 septembre, Journée mondiale de prévention du suicide, nous serons sur le Parvis Saint-Pierre à Uccle (entre 12h et 16h30) et sur la Place Flagey àIxelles (entre 18h et 20h) avec le bus du Délégué Général aux Droits de l'Enfant, pour notre campagne "Pas tout seul!".

Activités prévues : distribution de flyers, rencontre avec des intervenants en prévention du suicide, distribution de badges, et... concours de slogan!
Ces activités ciblent essentiellement les jeunes. Venez nombreux!

--Du 6 septembre au 6 octobre, l'expo BD "Vivre?" est présentée à la Bibliothèque-Médiathèque Le Phare, à Uccle.
Rencontres et conférences prévues :

Accès libre à l'exposition durant les heures d'ouverture de la bibliothèque. Attention : l'accès aux rencontres est gratuit mais il est nécessaire de s'inscrire auprès de la bibliothèque. Adresse : Bibliothèque-Médiathèque Le Phare, Chaussée de Waterloo 935 à 1180 Bruxelles Infos et inscriptions : 02/374 04 43 - uccle.lephare@yahoo.fr

Toutes les infos sont disponibles sur : www.preventionsuicide.be/actualites"

Merci de relayer au mieux ces infos !
Cordialement,

Cristel Baetens
Chargée de la Communication
Centre de Prévention du Suicide
Av. Winston Churchill 108 - 1180 Bruxelles
Tel (ligne directe) : 02 650 08 64
Courriel
Web Site


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Brazil

2012 World Suicide Prevention Day banner in Portuguese


Brasília


LANÇAMENTO DO PROGRAMA DISTRITAL DE BRASÍLIA DE PREVENÇãO DO SUICÍDIO

No dia 10 de setembro, Dia Mundial de Prevenção do SuicÍdio, a Divisão de Saúde Mental da Secretaria de Saúde do Distrito Federal lança o Programa Distrital de Prevenção do SuicÍdio, com o apoio da Universidade de Brasília e da Coordenação de Saúde Mental do Ministério da Saúde. Durante toda a semana ocorrerão atividades relacionadas ao tema com objetivo de dar mais visibilidade a este problema de saúde pública. Esta iniciativa é muito importante e esperamos que tenha o apoio necessário àsua sustentabilidade. A REBRAPS estará apresentando o processo de implantação das diretrizes da Estrategia Nacional de Prevenção do SuicÍdio.

Carlos Felipe D'Oliveira,MD

LAUNCH SUICIDE PREVENTION PROGRAM DISTRICT OF BRASILIA

On September 10, World Day of Suicide Prevention, the Division of Mental Health, Department of Health, launches Federal District Suicide Prevention Program, with support from the University of BrasÍlia and the Coordination of the Mental Health Division of the Ministry of Health. Throughout the week activities will occur relating to the subject in order to give more visibility to this public health problem. This initiative is very important and we hope that you will support this initiative. REBRAPS will outline the process of implementing guidelines for the development of the National Strategy for Suicide Prevention.

Carlos Felipe D'Oliveira, MD


Fortaleza, Ceará


The Aid to Life Project (PRAVIDA), an extension project of the Federal University of Ceará will hold on September 9, 2012, at 8am, Beira-Mar, the 3rd edition of its PRAVIDA Walk. The walk, which is part of a set of activities promoted internationally for the World Suicide Prevention Day, aims to make the population of Fortaleza informed and thoughtful about the issue of suicide, its recurrence and implications for the individual and for society. The main focus is to clarify many myths and taboos surrounding suicide and show that suicide prevention is possible!


Recife


Em homenagem ao Dia Mundial de Prevenção ao Suicídio, que aconteceu na última segunda-feira (10), o Centro de Valorização da Vida (CVV) irá promover, no próximo domingo (16), a Caminhada de Valorização da Vida e Prevenção ao Suicídio.
A concentração será às 8h da manhã no Segundo Jardim da Avenida Boa Viagem, Zona Sul do Recife, em frente ao Edifício Califórnia.
Voluntários do CVV estarão presentes e disponíveis para conversar com a população sobre como combater o suicídio, considerado pelo Ministério da Saúde um problema de saúde pública, que tira a vida de uma pessoa por hora no Brasil, n o mesmo período de tempo em que outras três tentaram se matar sem sucesso.

De acordo com o CVV, o Recife apresentou, nos últimos 10 anos, uma diminuição na taxa de crescimento do número de pessoas que se mataram. Em compensação, os suicídios na capital pernambucana ainda estão acima da média nacional, o que preocupa os voluntários do Centro.

O Centro de Valorização da Vida do Recife oferece gratuitamente um serviço de apoio emocional por meio dos telefones 141 e 3421-7311 (que funciona 24 horas) e pessoalmente, das 8h às 16h (Avenida Manoel Borba, 99 – apto. 102 – Boa Vista) e por chat e e-mail, pelo site www.cvv.org.br.


Rio de Janeiro


4º SEMINÁRIO DE PREVENÇÃO DO SUICÍDIO NA UERJ

4º SEMINÁRIO DE PREVENÇÃO DO SUICÍDIO NA UERJ

A prevenção do suicídio através do mundo: fortalecendo os fatores de proteção e incutindo a esperança.

DATA: 10 e11 de setembro 2012
LOCAL: Capela Ecumênica - UERJ
Rua São Francisco Xavier, 524
Maracanã - Rio de Janeiro

PROGRAMAÇÃO


São Paulo


Central Nacional Unimed vai prevenir doenças emocionais no programa de Gestão da Saúde

Ansiedade e depressão são, hoje, a segunda principal causa de afastamento do trabalho no país. Estão associadas, também, às tentativas de dar fim à própria vida, combatidas pelo Dia Mundial de Prevenção ao Suicídio [10 de setembro]. Sexta maior operadora de planos de saúde do Brasil - com cerca de 1,2 milhão de beneficiários, e grandes empresas de atuação nacional na sua carteira de clientes -, a Central Nacional Unimed deverá iniciar, ainda este ano, uma nova frente de atuação dentro do seu Programa de Gestão da Saúde.

A Medicina Preventiva da operadora atua hoje em seis focos: as doenças cárdio e cerebrovasculares; a diabetes; a obesidade; as doenças pulmonares obstrutivas crônicas; as doenças renais e as neoplasias.

A preocupação com as doenças emocionais reflete esta tendência no panorama internacional da saúde. Segundo projeções da Organização Mundial da Saúde (OMS), a depressão será a enfermidade predominante no mundo em 2030. "Ações de Medicina Preventiva podem amenizar tanto a instalação como as consequências das doenças emocionais que levam à redução da produtividade profissional e a dificuldades no convívio social", afirma Marco Antonio Eckert, diretor de Produto e Operações da CNU.

Syllene Nunes, médica responsável pelo Departamento de Medicina Preventiva da Central Nacional Unimed, enfatiza que haverá atenção especial aos idosos, mais sujeitos a enfermidades decorrentes da queda do poder aquisitivo e do isolamento afetivo. Em 2020, o Brasil terá 30 milhões de habitantes com idade igual ou superior a 60 anos.

Para desenvolver ações preventivas em saúde mental, a operadora avalia experiências bem-sucedidas de outras cooperativas da marca, ajustando-as à sua realidade: clientes em praticamente todo o território nacional. Dentre as soluções estudadas, estão as parcerias com as Unimeds que já desenvolvem programas de monitoramento que abrangem estes transtornos.

"O programa deverá considerar situações locais e regionais. Em São Paulo, por exemplo, as pessoas sofrem muito com o trânsito, o estresse profissional e o isolamento apesar dos meios de comunicação abundantes. Em algumas cidades de pequeno porte, por sua vez, evidenciam-se problemas relacionados às rotinas e relacionamento", explica Syllene Nunes.

Liderança preocupante -Segundo estudo da OMS, cerca de 30% dos habitantes da Grande São Paulo têm transtornos mentais, principalmente ansiedade, distúrbios comportamentais, de controle de impulso e abuso de substâncias (como o álcool). Dois fatores explicariam tão elevada prevalência: alta urbanização e privação social.

A região metropolitana da capital paulista também apresentou maior proporção de transtornos mentais graves (10%) comparativamente às outras regiões estudadas dos 24 países participantes do estudo da OMS. Mais de um milhão de adultos com indicação para recebimento de cuidados em saúde mental que deveriam ser prestados na atenção primária, atualmente deficiente neste quesito. "A maior parte de nossos beneficiários reside nesta região, então, estamos nos preparando para oferecer cuidados compatíveis com essas demandas de saúde", salienta Syllene.

A Central Nacional Unimed, a Operadora Nacional dos Planos de Saúde Empresariais Unimed, fechou 2011 com um faturamento de R$ 1,5 bilhão. Hoje tem mais de um 1,2 milhão de clientes, distribuídos nas cinco regiões brasileiras. Garantir a competitividade do Sistema Unimed diante das exigências do mercado e da legislação foi o principal motivo da criação da Central Nacional Unimed em 1998.


Bulgaria


10.09.2012г. – Световен ден за

профилактика на самоубийствата 10 септември e Световният ден за профилактика на самоубийствата. Организиран е от Международната асоциация за суицидопрофилактика, а в сътрудничество със СЗО се отбелязва от 2003 година.

От началото на м. септември 2012 г. РЗИ започва
разпространяване на здравно образователни материали по проблема. Темата «Психично здраве» е включена в дневния ред на първата за учебната 2012/2013 година работна среща в РЗИ – Стара Загора с педагогически съветници от училищата, която ще се проведе на 27.09.2012 г. в Здравно-образователния център на инспекцията. Изготвен е методичен материал на тема «Как да се разпознае суицидната личност?», предназначен за ползване в учебни заведения.

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Canada


Message from the Honourable Leona Aglukkaq, Minister of Health

World Suicide Prevention Day

September 10, 2012

On September 10, 2012, Canada will be observing World Suicide Prevention Day. This year's theme is "Suicide Prevention across the Globe: Strengthening Protective Factors and Instilling Hope." As Minister of Health, I am hopeful that organizations and communities across Canada and around the world will come together in support of families who have lost a loved one to suicide.

Sadly, suicide is now recognized as the leading cause of preventable deaths around the world. According to the World Health Organization (WHO), there are one million deaths from suicide worldwide each year. In Canada, suicide is the second leading cause of death among those aged 15 to 34.

Suicide is a complex issue, and positive mental health is one of the strongest tools we have in the effort to prevent suicide.

The Government of Canada is helping raise awareness and to address the risk factors that can lead to poor mental health. The release of the Mental Health Commission's Mental Health Strategy for Canada provides recommendations addressed to all segments of society -- governments, community organizations, health professionals and private sector enterprises, among others -- on ways to improve and maintain the mental health of Canadians.

The Government of Canada invests in the Community Action Program for Children and the Canada Prenatal Nutrition program, research to identify effective suicide interventions, and in the National Aboriginal Youth Suicide Prevention Strategy.

All of these investments strive to reduce risk factors through prevention, outreach, education and crisis response.

Recently, during the debate on Bill C-300 in the House of Commons, I was moved when Members of Parliament chose to share personal stories on how suicide affected their lives. This Private Member's Bill, introduced by MP Harold Albrecht, proposes to establish a federal framework on suicide prevention. As it moves through the parliamentary process, it has already gone a long way in helping to reduce the stigma surrounding this important issue.

As Minister of Health, I encourage all Canadians to come together to acknowledge World Suicide Prevention Day.

For more information on mental health and suicide prevention visit:

Canadian Association for Suicide Prevention (CASP)

Centre for Addiction and Mental Health (CAMH)

Mental Health Commission of Canada

Leona Aglukkaq
Minister of Health
Government of Canada


Calgary, Alberta


The Centre for Suicide Prevention is excited to participate in World Suicide Prevention Day 2012! We're having free workshops in Calgary, Alberta in honour of World Suicide Prevention Day 2012. We've also created a poster for public use that's available for free download!

Workshops:

safeTALK - suicide awareness for everyone September 10, 2012
Tattered Teddies - Preventing Suicide in Children September 11, 2012
Straight Talk - Youth Suicide Prevention Workshop September 12, 2012

Here's a link: suicideinfo.ca/Home/WorldSuicidePreventionDay2012.aspx

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Fort McMurray, British Columbia


Bringing a local focus to a global issue, Some Other Solutions will be hosting its own International Suicide Prevention Day events, Sept. 10.

SOS holds an annual fundraiser each September, and this year is no different. While last year saw McMurrayites successfully compete in a massive three-legged-race, this year will repeat 2010’s shoe drive fundraiser.

Alie Warnes, the new suicide prevention co-ordinator at SOS, says she wants to see everyone that’s been affected by suicide to help raise awareness by coming out to participate.

“The idea is that we want to raise awareness for people who have been affected by suicide,” said Warnes. “It touches almost everyone. The idea is, walk a mile in my shoes; understand me, support me.

“We want everyone in the community to consider what it’s like to walk in someone’s shoes that’s struggling with depression and suicidal thoughts.”

In 2010, the shoe drive collected more than 300 pairs of shoes, a number Warnes would like to see blown out of the water.

Approximately one million people commit suicide annually across the globe, as estimated by the World Health Organization; or one person every 40 seconds. Alberta has the second highest suicide rate in the country, ranking as the second leading cause of death for people 15 to 24 years old.

Warnes says many people do not realize how close to home suicide and depression can be, because not everyone is aware of the signs of suicide. Bringing awareness to the cause can help those suffering, but also those who can play supporting roles.

As Warnes sums it up, “We’re all in this together.”

Shoes can be brought to either Some Other Solutions office or the United Way office at the Red Poll Centre anytime before Sept. 10. All donated shoes will go to people in need at the Centre of Hope.

Anyone looking for more information on the shoe drive, International Suicide Prevention Day or SOS programming can contact Warnes at 780-743-8605.

amanda.richardson@sunmedia.ca

Source: Fort McMurray Today


Vernon, British Columbia


Sharing comfort and awareness

Just about anybody could commit suicide: no one is immune. The B.C. Coroners Service suicide statistics for 2010 show that there were 113 suicides for people ages 50-59, 95 for ages 40-49 and 35 for ages 13-19. One suicide was under age 12. A total of 530 British Columbians, 110 female and 420 male, committed suicide in 2010.

“Some of the signs that might indicate that a person is thinking about suicide might be talking about feeling worthless or wanting to end it all, giving away personal possessions, seeming depressed or hopeless, or preparing for death when there is no reason like a terminal diagnosis, collecting medications, and changes in interests, for example, an interest in firearms when they have not been interested before,” said Hellmut Noelle, a counselor at the Family Resource Centre and one of the speakers at World Suicide Prevention Day taking place Sept. 10.

“When in doubt, simply ask people if they are thinking about suicide. If they say yes, the wrong thing to do is to say, ‘you haven’t got the courage to do it,’ or ‘you’re just saying that to get attention.’ As a counselor, I don’t remember ever encountering an attempted suicide as an attention getter.

“The right thing to do is to take it seriously. Ask for further information. Talk about it and assure them that it is normal and nothing to be ashamed about. Most people think about suicide at some time in their life. That doesn’t make them a bad person or an evil person or a failure. Encourage the person to get help by talking to their doctors, a counselor or someone they trust. Talking about it defuses the pressure and helps a person see a way through the current situation.”

Noelle said that if a person is with someone who seems serious about suicide in the immediate future, do not hesitate to call 911 where they will be connected to someone who will ask questions to assess the situation and provide help. In the most severe cases, the police will be sent in.

World Suicide Prevention Day on Sept. 10 will be marked with a Remembrance Ceremony to take place at the Performing Arts Centre lobby (3800-33rd St., near the Recreation Complex).

The event is open to anyone who has lost a loved one to suicide recently or long ago, and those who want to know how to support them. People are welcome to attend and watch and no one will approach them but they can ask to talk to someone if they want. There will be guest speakers, printed materials on loss and mental health available and a closing ceremony; people attending can drop rose petals in the creek in memory of loved ones.

Something new has been added to this year’s World Suicide Prevention Day event in Vernon. Soles to Remember Souls invites people to donate a pair of new or nearly new shoes or boots as a reminder that no one has to walk alone — suicide is everyone’s loss. The shoes/boots can be brought to the event or dropped off in advance at the Canadian Mental Health Association (3100-28 Ave.). The shoes/boots will be donated to the John Howard Society’s Shelters, Gateway Support Services for Women and Men, and the Howard House Men’s programs.

The event is sponsored by Vernon & Area Suicide Prevention committee, partner agencies, the PIN Crisis Line, the United Way North Okanagan Columbia Shuswap, and the government of British Columbia. The event is a time to remember the lives of those whose pain and despair took away their feelings of hope and who died by suicide, to provide comfort to those who grieve and let them know they are not alone, and to publicly declare and renew commitment to preventing suicide in the community.

Anyone who feels at risk of committing suicide or know someone who might be, should call the PIN Crisis Line at 1-800-353-CARE (2273) for information, support and referrals.

Source: Vernon Morning Star


Victoria, British Columbia


On September 10th, www.NEED2.ca, Camosun College and the University of Victoria will be holding a remembrance gathering at 4:00 at Camosun College's Lansdowne Campus to Mark World Suicide Prevention Day.

Someone on our planet dies by suicide every 40 seconds. As a global family, this includes our children, our parents, our friends and our colleagues. More people die every year by their own hand than those due to homicide and war combined. On Vancouver Island, 100 people will take their lives over the next year. We need to reach them before they do.

The tragedy of suicide affects us all and yet the stigma of talking about suicide remains high in our society. On September 10th we hope to take yet another small step in breaking that stigma by joining together as a community to remember those we've lost, speak about the issue, read some poetry, and hear some music.

Hope As Action speaking guests include First Nations Elder Alex Nelson, Ven. Eshu Martin, the Abbot of the Victoria Zen Centre, Jennifer White, Associate Professor in the School of Child and Youth Care at the University of Victoria and Erica Day Singer/Songwriter among others.

"Suicide touches so many lives in our community," says Chris Holt, Executive Co-Director of NEED2. "On World Suicide Prevention Day we thought we'd hold a gathering to remember those we've lost and to come together as a community to support one another. Please come and join us."

The Hope as Action gathering will take place from 4:00 to 6:00 at the NA'TSA'MAHT (First Nations Gathering Place) on the Lansdowne Campus of Camosun College, 3100 Foul Bay Road, Victoria. Everyone is welcome.


Portage La Prarie, Manitoba


Portage la Prairie residents and organizations showed their spirit Monday to celebrate World Suicide Prevention Day.

The groups gathered at Republic of Manitobah Park and together created kites with inspiring messages, and took park in a kite flying celebration to recognize the day.

"This is an awesome opportunity for us to get out and raise awareness, and to take time to remember people affected," said CMHA Central president of the board Brenda Miller-Adams. "There are many people that are affected by the topic of suicide. It's a great day to be out and showing support for these people."

About 10 students in Portage Collegiate Institute's Sources of Strength group also joined in the event.

"They have decorated and made two of the kites and they are here to fly them today to commemorate the day," said Kellee Clifford-Bousquet, a guidance counsellor at PCI.


Winnipeg, Manitoba


Winnipeg Suicide Prevention Network presents two events to commemorate World Suicide Prevention Day: Self Compassion-The Heart of the Matter, Sept. 10, 10:30 a.m. -noon, Manitoba Theatre for Young People, The Forks and Circle of Compassion - Hallowing our Hope, Sept. 10, noon-12:30 p.m., Johnson Terminal Bldg., The Forks.


Dartmouth, Nova Scotia


Communities Addressing Suicide Together of the Canadian Mental Health Association is proud to host a learning event in honor of 2012 World Suicide Prevention Day.

This event is for anyone who would like to:

Date/Time - September 9, 2012: 10:00 am - 12:00 pm.

Location - Nantucket Room, Dartmouth Sportsplex, 110 Wyse Road; Dartmouth, Nova Scotia. *Free parking available around the Dartmouth Sportsplex.

Cost - No cost.

For Information on this Event or to Pre-Register, contact Katelyn Bessette - Communities Addressing Suicide Together (CAST), Canadian Mental Health Association Nova Scotia Division at (902) 466-6600 - Email

Pre-registering will help us greatly in our planning, but walk-ins are welcome.


New Glasgow, Nova Scotia


Pictou County Walk for World Suicide Prevention Day

The Pictou County Suicide Response Coalition invites any community member or professional who is interested in addressing suicide to attend Pictou County's Walk for World Suicide Prevention Day:

Date: Sunday, September 9th, 2012
Time: TBA
Location: Carmichael Park, Corner of Terrace and George Street, New Glasgow, Nova Scotia, Canada
For more information, please contact Maureen.


Iqaluit, Nunavut


2012 World Suicide Prevention Day banner in Inuktitut

2012 World Suicide Prevention Day banner in Inuktitut (Roman)

Nunavut's Embrace Life Council to mark Sept. 10, World Suicide Prevention Day

Council plans weekend of suicide prevention activities in Iqaluit

The Embrace Life Council's executive director, Jenny Tierney, doesn't want suicide to be a touchy subject anymore - she wants suicide to be open for discussion.
That's why the Embrace Life Council is hosting its first major event next weekend in Iqaluit, from Sept. 8 to Sept. 10, World Suicide Prevention Day.
The weekend's schedule includes a barbeque, candle-light vigil and a workshop and concert with throat-boxer Nelson Tagoona.
Tagoona will be given a stage at the Francophone Centre to talk about his experiences in his life - and Tierney says it takes a strong person to do that.
"We've reached this point where we're starting to talk about it in the territory," Tierney said.

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Hamilton, Ontario


Suicide Prevention Community Council of Hamilton

4pm: Tagging Messages of Hope, Spiritual Garden
5pm: Walking for Hope, Spiritual Garden
6pm: Building Hope (music and keynote speaker), Miller Amphitheater

Location Spiritual Garden and Miller Amphitheater at:
St Joseph Healthcare Hamilton, Charlton Campus (50 Charlton Avenue East)

Jill Dennison
Co-chair Educatiion and Awareness Committee Suicide Prevention Community Council of Hamilton, Ontario, Canada


London, Ontario


Help lift silence on suicide

Please join us for the 7th Annual Lifting the Silence Memorial Walk and Ceremony in honour of World Suicide Prevention Day.

It takes place at 7 p.m. Monday, Sept.10 (doors open at 6:30 p.m.)

The new location is at Civic Gardens at 625 Springbank Dr. in London (just west of Wonderland Rd.)

Our keynote speaker is Dr. Paul Links, appointed chair and chief of the department of psychiatry in the Schulich School of Medicine and Dentistry and it's teaching hospitals, LHSC and SJHC London in January 2012.

We will also have a special screening of the short film Behind the Curtain, which documents the legacy of two mothers who have lost adult children to suicide. This project was initiated by two London women and was funded by the London Branch of the Canadian Mental Health Association.

On display will be our photo/story exhibit of local survivors of suicide (someone who has lost a loved one to suicide) that was launched on WSPD 2011 and has been showcased at various events during the past year.

In memory of loved ones lost to suicide, please feel welcome to bring their photo for our community photo album and/or a pair of new or gently used shoes to donate to charity.

For more information, please contact: londonsuicidepreventioncouncil@gmail.com or liftingthesilence@gmail.com. Find us on FaceBook: lifting the silence on world suicide prevention day.

Annette Dennis

London-Middlesex Suicide Prevention Council

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I will be giving a two hour, free workshop entitled "Suicide Awareness" on Monday, Sept. 10, 2012 in London, Ontario, Canada.

The presentation will run from 1 pm to 3 pm in the Board Room of the Canadian Mental Health Association (CMHA), London-Middlesex Branch (648 Huron St., London, ON N5Y 4J8). This presentation will discuss statistics, warning signs, general resources and some of the promising research into the effectiveness of blocking the method when helping people at risk of dying by suicide.

The presentation is done by Trix VanEgmond, B.A., B.Ed., Public Educator of CMHA, London-Middlesex Branch, Master Trainer of Applied Suicide Intervention Skills Training and Mental Health First Aid Instructor.

The event is free but an RSVP is required. Space is limited to 30 people and your spot will be confirmed via email or telephone. Contact 519-434-9191, x. 226 or Email to reserve your spot.


Sarnia, Ontario


World Suicide Prevention Day Sarnia

Today is “World Suicide Prevention Day” and here in Sarnia an event is being held at Dow People Place in Centennial Park.

The Sarnia-Lambton Youth Suicide Prevention Committee put together, “Give Hope a Voice 2012″.

Organizer Travis Tetreault says it will be a time of remembrance.

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Sturgeon Falls, Ontario


Sturgeon Falls, ONTARIO September 10, 2012 - Information activities on suicide prevention will begin at 10:00 am with the launch of information kiosks at the Alliance Centre, 172 Ethel St. and at the main entrance of the West Nipissing General Hospital.

The public is invited to a general information session on suicide prevention in the Northern Secondary School Auditorium starting at 7:00 pm. There is no admission fee. In support of suicide prevention, people are asked to wear yellow on that day.


2012 World Suicide Prevention Day banner in French

Québec


THE WORLD SUICIDE PREVENTION DAY IN QUÉBEC For the Association québécoise de prévention du suicide (AQPS), World Suicide Prevention Day is the time to acknowledge the important role that many individuals and organisations play in suicide prevention. Linking the Québec theme "We are all essential to suicide prevention" with the International Association for Suicide Prevention (IASP) theme on the importance of strengthening protective factors, we are focusing on the importance of each social actor of our society. We believe that the daily involvement makes a true difference in building a large social safety net. This is why for a third and last year, the AQPS is putting in place a recognition campaign. To give hope and recognition by saying thank you to all of those who play a key role in preventing suicide!

On life's behalf…thank you!

As we all have a role to make Québec a place where we lose less and less loved ones to suicide, the AQPS invites citizens and organizations to thank someone or to promote September 10th by ordering post cards and posters (available in French and English) with the following message: "On life's behalf…thank you!" By making these suicide prevention materials available, everyone can thank a parent, friend, colleague and professional. It's also the occasion for any kind of organisation to acknowledge the contribution of their employees, donators and collaborators. (www.aqps.info/commande.html).

A press conference to launch this event

To launch the activities in Québec associated with the World Suicide Prevention Day, the AQPS will hold a press conference. With this press conference, the AQPS hopes to spread the World Suicide Prevention Day message to all citizens of Quebec.

Keep track of the movement
www.aqps.info/journeemondiale
www.facebook.com/preventiondusuicide
www.facebook.com/events/297873280310230/
www.twitter.com/aqps

Contact
Andréanne Charron, mobilisation officer
418 614 5909, poste 29
acharron@aqps.info

Journée mondiale de la prévention du suicide

LA JOURNÉE MONDIALE DE LA PRÉVENTION DU SUICIDE AU QUÉBEC Pour la 10e Journée mondiale de la prévention du suicide, l'Association québécoise de prévention du suicide (AQPS) reconnaîtra le rôle indispensable que joue chacun des individus pour la prévention du suicide. En accord avec le discours de l'Association internationale pour la prévention du suicide (IASP) quant à la nécessité de travailler activement à reconnaître et à faire bon usage des facteurs de protection, l'AQPS souligne, pour une troisième et dernière année sous le thème « Nous sommes tous indispensables pour la prévention du suicide », l'apport de chacun des individus de notre communauté à faire partie d'un filet social essentiel pour prévenir le suicide.

Merci d'être là… pour la vie !
Comme nous avons tous un rôle à jouer pour faire du Québec un endroit où nous perdons de moins en moins d'êtres chers par suicide, l'AQPS met son matériel (versions française et anglaise disponibles) à la disposition de tous les citoyens et organismes qui souhaitent prendre part à la campagne de reconnaissance. En effet, elle permet à chacun de remercier des parents, amis, collègues, professionnels qui jouent un rôle significatif dans leur vie et participent ainsi au succès de la prévention du suicide au Québec (www.aqps.info/commande.html).

Une conférence de presse pour lancer l'événement Afin de lancer les activités québécoises entourant la Journée mondiale, l'AQPS tiendra une conférence de presse. Par cette conférence, l'AQPS compte bien faire entendre le message de la Journée mondiale à tous les citoyens du Québec.

Suivez l'évolution du mouvement
www.aqps.info/journeemondiale
www.facebook.com/preventiondusuicide
www.facebook.com/events/297873280310230/
www.twitter.com/aqps

Contact
Andréanne Charron, agente de mobilisation
418 614 5909, poste 29
acharron@aqps.info


Longueuil, Québec


Pour souligner le 5e anniversaire de la mise sur pied du réseau des Sentinelles en Montérégie en disant « Merci d'être là », la Table montérégienne de l'entraide en milieu de travail dévoile aujourd'hui la première affiche régionale reconnaissant leur implication, dans le cadre de la Journée mondiale de prévention du suicide.

La Montérégie peut compter sur la présence de 1000 sentinelles dans les milieux de travail et auprès des diverses communautés. Dominique Gagnon, de l'Agence de la santé et des services sociaux de la Montérégie explique que : « Les sentinelles participent grandement à réduire la détresse, à prévenir le désespoir et le suicide. Elles peuvent dépister (repérer), guider et orienter la personne aux prises avec la problématique du suicide ainsi que son entourage ». Il ajoute : « On peut comparer le rôle des sentinelles à celui des personnes qui prodiguent les premiers soins : elles assurent un soutien en attendant que des spécialistes prennent la relève ».

En Montérégie, on estime que 140 000 personnes sont touchées, à chaque année, par la problématique du suicide, que ce soit par des décès, des idées suicidaires ou des tentatives. Le suicide tue deux fois plus que les accidents de la route et demeure la cause de décès la plus importante chez les hommes de moins de 40 ans et chez les jeunes de 15 à 19 ans.

Tout le monde peut aider

Les sentinelles ne sont pas des professionnels, il s'agit de citoyens qui s'impliquent de façon bénévole et informelle dans leur milieu de travail ou dans leur communauté. M. Gagnon précise : « Chacun de nous peut aider un membre de son entourage avec les moyens dont il dispose. Il faut cesser de penser que de parler de suicide donne l'idée de passer à l'acte ».

La première affiche montérégienne des sentinelles souligne qu'on peut tendre la main aux personnes suicidaires puisqu'elles donnent souvent des signes de détresse qu'il est possible de reconnaître. M. Gagnon conclut que « Le processus suicidaire est réversible. Il nous revient d'offrir des ressources d'aide et il n'est pas nécessaire d'être un professionnel pour aider une personne suicidaire ».

Bas de vignette : "Première affiche montérégienne pour identifier les sentinelles en milieu de travail et dans la communauté. (Groupe CNW/Syndicat de Champlain (CSQ))". Lien URL de l'image : http://photos.newswire.ca/images/download/20120910_C5140_PHOTO_FR_17610.jpg

SOURCE : Syndicat de Champlain (CSQ)

Renseignements :
Source :
Table montérégienne de l'entraide en milieu de travail

Renseignements:
Martin Cayouette
Cellulaire : 514-220-9257
mcayouette@synd-champlain.qc.ca


2012 World Suicide Prevention Day banner in Spanish


Chile


Concepción


Scientific Society of Medical Students University of Concepción (SCEM UdeC), Chile, joins the international day for prevention of suicide by sending a small flyer to its members.

Click on image to download flyer

Click on image to download flyer.


2012 World Suicide Prevention Day banner in Chinese (Traditional)


China


Beijing


Beijing Suicide Research and Prevention Center - WHO Collaborating Center for Research and Training in Suicide Prevention

  1. Distributed the 2012 WSPD activities (the translated booklets) and upload the related materials on our website (www.crisis.org.cn)
  2. Encouraged the partners from other provinces to use these materials to conduct suicide prevention promotion activities in their areas.
  3. Cooperating with the Beijing Bureau of Health to plan to invite one of the Vice Directors of the Beijing Bureau of Health make an announcement about the activities of World Suicide Prevention Day on BTV-3 (a Beijing TV station).
  4. Widely distributed the news about the WSPD activities to the media, and make a complete preparation for receiving their interviews (newspapers, TV shows, and website).
  5. Organising discussion of the suicide intervention with the operators of the phone 110, which is a police emergency phone number in China. Those operators often receive a call from suicidal persons. Provide the related knowledge and basic skills about suicide intervention.
  6. Visit communities to distribute our suicide prevention booklets and provide free psychological counselling for residents.
  7. Visit universities to distribute suicide prevention booklets, provide free psychological counselling, and make presentations for the college students and staff.
  8. Encourage survivors and volunteers to go to communities to distribute the suicide prevention materials.
  9. Visit Chongqing, one of the big cities in Southwestern China, to make presentations about suicide prevention.

Shanghai


世界预防自杀日:没有什么比生命更可贵

[财讯网]
9月10日是教师节,恰好也是第十个世界预防自杀日,今年世界预防自杀日的主题是:“在全球范围内预防自杀:加强保护
灌注希望”。毫不相干的两个概念凑到了一天,让人联想到了如今青少年自杀率上升的问题。如花的生命,究竟有什么不成承受之重呢?

世卫组织公布的数据显示,全球约有4.5亿精神健康障碍患者,在世界范围内,每天平均有近3000人自杀,即每40秒就有一人死于自杀。而每一个自杀身亡者对应的可能是20个或更多的自杀未遂者。精神健康障碍已成为严重而又耗资巨大的全球性卫生问题。世卫组织及其它伙伴与发起世界预防自杀日的国际预防自杀协会一起,倡导为企图自杀者提供充分治疗和随访护理,并倡导媒体报道自杀案件时更为慎重。

而我国国家疾病控制中心披露了这样一组调查结果:我国每年约25万人死于自杀,是15岁到34岁青壮年人群的首位死因。目前,自杀在我国已成为位列第五的死亡原因,仅次于心脑血管病、恶性肿瘤、呼吸系统疾病和意外死亡。

人的生命只有一次,宝贵而需要珍惜。但近年来,社会上青少年自杀一直呈上升趋势,据悉,目前青少年死亡的主要原因之一就是自杀。花样年华,过早凋谢,让人触目惊心。

仅在几天前,上海一位8岁男孩仅仅因为贪睡被家人批评,就跳楼自杀,所幸只伤到鼻骨;而在去年,9月开学前上海也屡现学生跳楼自杀事件,“开学日”成“鬼门关”……

一个孩子,是几个家庭的焦点,一位青少年自杀,毁了多个家庭数个人的幸福。这是一个沉重的话题。虽然近年来素质教育被叫得很响,但生命教育却依然相当缺失,包括在家庭中,在学校中,在社会中。

尤其是在当下,物质生活日趋充裕,整体信仰缺失,奢靡浮华等多重价值观林立蔓延中,青少年在错综复杂的价值观中,很容易迷失自己;“唯结果论”的大环境压力渗透中,找不到生活方向,一旦受到批评、委屈、挫折等,负面情绪极容易崩溃,导致走向不归路。

事实上,生命教育在我国的香港、台湾等地已经普及。虽然内地关于预防青少年自杀的问题已议论多年,一些地方中小学开始了生命教育课程的实践,一些专业学术组织也对生命教育进行了多方面的研究,但大多脱离实际或没有付诸实施。直到现在,生命教育在家庭和社会中,还是个“生词”。而整个社会对生命教育的淡薄,几乎成了生命教育普及的最大障碍。生命教育的社会认知度之所以低,一方面是“唯分数是瞻”的应试教育模式还没有根本改观,学校、家庭、社会重学生文化课、重成绩分数,轻人生观、世界观和价值观的教育,“德智体美”全面发展变成了“智”的独角戏;另一方面,在我国大多数地方,关于生命教育还没有形成一个系统的体系,尤其是对青少年自杀预防系统的研究,在国内可谓刚刚起步。

近年来,初中、高中新课程改革可谓不断深入。但是,以帮助学生认识生命、珍惜生命、敬畏生命、欣赏生命,提高生存技能,提高生命质量为目的的生命教育始终没有成为普及性的课程,越来越多的高分低能“尖子生”,在激烈的社会竞争中被大浪淘沙,甚至成为新型社会问题的始作俑者。将生命教育列入议事日程,并将这一命题提高到事关下一代成长的战略高度,已经成为亟待解决的问题。一方面要将涵盖生理、心理和适应能力的健康教育作为一门系统课程,贯穿教育始终;另一方面要在传统学科和社会实践等课程中,全面渗透生命教育,并从家庭、社会等角度拓展育人空间,为生命而教育,进而将生命教育牢牢植根于教育的大框架。

预防和减少青少年自杀,是全社会共同的责任,需要社会、学校、家庭共同发力,让孩子学会管理自己的情绪,让孩子知道,珍惜生命,没什么比生命更可贵!

(丛力 综合编辑)

Source: economy.caixun.com

Colombia

2012 World Suicide Prevention Day banner in Spanish

El intento de Suicidio es un trastorno mental que se puede superar

Un promedio de casi 3.000 personas se suicidan cada día. Además de la pérdida de la persona que se mata a sí misma, este fenómeno también representa problemas en la salud de la familia y los amigos.
La primera causa de suicidio es el trastorno mental no tratado. De ahí que conservar y mantener la salud mental de cada individuo y de la comunidad en general es fundamental para contrarrestar este y otros tipos de trastornos que desencadenan comportamientos con consecuencias violentas o fatales.

Para el Dr. Pedro Gómez, psiquiatra del Hospital Universidad del Norte, la salud mental es un estado de bienestar donde el individuo está en condiciones de desarrollar sus potencialidades, ser autónomo y relacionarse con el entorno. Cualquier persona, por el solo hecho de ser humana, puede sufrir una enfermedad mental.

“Existen factores de riesgo que hacen a unas personas más vulnerables que otras, pero lo importante es desmitificar la atención psiquiátrica como un proceso de tortura y humillación, cuando en realidad es el acompañamiento profesional e intervención integral para el manejo, superación o control de la enfermedad mental”, explica el especialista.

Es posible tener una enfermedad mental y no saberlo. Muchas enfermedades mentales sólo son diagnosticadas en el momento que aparece una crisis detonada por alguna situación cotidiana. En ocasiones, las personas consideran normal encontrarse preocupadas, nerviosas, deprimidas y sin darse cuenta tienen una visión distorsionada de la realidad.

“Se sienten perseguidas, predispuestas, y no duermen bien. Es muy importante concientizarse del problema, ya sea por sí mismo o con el apoyo de familiares y amigos, para evitar trastornos de mayor gravedad”, señala Gómez.

Dentro de las enfermedades mentales más comunes se encuentran los trastornos del estado del ánimo, las ansiedades, los trastornos de personalidad, la psicosis, las adicciones y las ideas suicidas.

Signos de alarma. Los signos de alarma generalmente no son percibidos por el paciente pero sí por sus familiares, amigos o compañeros de trabajo. Se presentan cambios notorios en el comportamiento, pérdida de interés, olvidos, culpabilidad, impulsividad y agresividad. Nunca debe hacerse caso omiso a una persona que expresa deseos de morir o de quitarse la vida.

¿Se pueden curar?. De acuerdo con el Dr. Gómez, la posibilidad de cura de un enfermo mental depende de la condición de cada paciente y el tipo de patología. La mayoría de los trastornos neuróticos (depresión, ansiedad), pueden curarse con una intervención adecuada.

Hoy en día hay psicosis transitorias (demencia, esquizofrenia, trastorno bipolar) que se curan gracias al avance de la tecnología para estudios del funcionamiento del cerebro y la genética, como también existen trastornos psicóticos controlables, más no curables. En el caso del suicidio, una persona que ya ha intentado quitarse la vida tiene alto riesgo de volver a hacerlo. Por ello el acompañamiento familiar y profesional es definitivo para prevenir y desistir de la idea suicida.

Se incrementan los suicidios a nivel mundial. Cada vez se tiene más conciencia de que el suicidio constituye un importante problema de salud pública, aunque sigue siendo tabú en muchas sociedades. Según la Organización Mundial de la Salud, durante los últimos 50 años, las tasas mundiales de suicidio han aumentado un 60%, y el incremento ha sido particularmente notable en los países en desarrollo.

Los suicidios notificados suponen ya una de las tres principales causas de muerte entre jóvenes de 15 a 34 años, pero la mayoría se registran entre los adultos y las personas mayores (60 años o más).

La tasa de suicidios a nivel local en el Departamento del Atlántico es relativamente baja con respecto a otros países. Se encuentra alrededor de 4,1 por 100.000 habitantes por año, es decir unos 50 suicidios por año.

Sin embargo, la incidencia en la población joven se eleva a 8 por cada 100 mil habitantes por año, en gran parte por el consumo de sustancias psicoactivas. Detrás del abuso de drogas está la enfermedad mental, patología dual que aumenta el riesgo en los adictos.

En el Hospital Universidad del Norte se presenta por lo menos un caso semanal de intento de suicidio, la mayoría por envenenamiento. El tratamiento psiquiátrico de manejo, control, medicación o internación hospitalaria se aplica de acuerdo con la valoración del riesgo suicida en escala por parte del médico.

“Nuestro trabajo y el de toda la comunidad es educar y concientizar a los pacientes, a nuestros hijos y a las personas, de que el suicidio no es una opción. Al contrario, es una salida falsa de la que difícilmente se recuperan la familia y los amigos”, concluye el Dr. Gómez.

Faltan más psiquiatras
A pesar de que las enfermedades o situaciones asociadas a los trastornos mentales, como suicidios, anorexia, depresión, esquizofrenia, trastorno bipolar o alcoholismo, entre otros, van en aumento, en el mundo, en general, hay escasez de psiquiatras para dar atención a esto.

En el caso de Colombia, hay solo 3 psiquiatras activos por cada 100 mil habitantes —la Unión Europea presenta el mayor promedio con 19 por cada 100 mil—, y según el número de habitantes del país, contamos con solo 1.151 de estos profesionales, mientras que en el Departamento del Atlántico hay solo 68, según cifras a 2003 de la revista colombiana de psiquiatría.

Evidentemente hay una necesidad latente de formar más médicos con esta especialidad. Sin embargo el país sólo cuenta con 13 programas de psiquiatría. La Universidad del Norte, con el objetivo de incrementar la oferta y motivar la investigación en el campo, esta semana hizo el lanzamiento de la Especialización en Psiquiatría, aprobada por el Ministerio de Educación mediante resolución No. 2085 de septiembre 5 de 2012, que abrirá sus inscripciones para el mes de octubre e iniciará clases en enero de 2013 con 4 residentes.

Recomendaciones
El psiquiatra Gómez comparte algunas recomendaciones importantes para las personas que están cerca de alguien con impulso de cometer suicidio:

• No subestimar las amenazas de suicidio de cualquiera que exprese deseos de quitarse la vida.
• Más que errado, es injusto pensar que la persona sólo quiere llamar la atención. Todo intento de suicidio, por leve que sea, es un grito de auxilio por parte de alguien que sufre.
• Nunca incitar a la persona a que materialice el suicidio, con la idea errada de que desista.
• No criticar, juzgar o avergonzar a la persona que trató de quitarse la vida.
• El amor, el acompañamiento y la ayuda profesional son determinantes para la recuperación de un paciente con ideas suicidas.

Source: El Herado


2012 World Suicide Prevention Day banner in Croatian


Croatia


Virovitičko


LETAK - MEĐUNARODNI DAN PREVENCIJE SUICIDA, 10. rujna

WSPD 2012 Croatia

01.09.2012.
Novosti
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Denmark


Odense


Verdensdag for Selvmordsforebyggelse 10. september 2012

Sted: Odense kommunes Uddannelsescenter, Schacksgade 39, 5000 Odense C.

Kl. 09.00 Velkomst

09.00 – 12.00: Overordnet tema: Behandling

12.00 – 13.00: Frokost
13.00 – 16.00:

Arrangementet er gratis!

Tilmelding senest den 30.8.2012
Send mail med dit navn til:
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2012 World Suicide Prevention Day banner in Spanish


El Savador


En el marco del Día Mundial para la Prevención del Suicidio, celebrado este 10 de septiembre, el Ministerio de Salud informó que hasta agosto de este año, unas 400 personas trataron de suicidarse, de las cuales 108 lo cometieron. Las autoridades realizan una serie acciones para prevenir este flagelo.

El Ministerio de Salud (Minsal) reportó este lunes que un total de 401 salvadoreños intentaron cometer suicidio entre enero y agosto de este año. De ese grupo, al menos 108 lo cometieron. Además, el Minsal informó que tan sólo en los primeros días de septiembre ya se registran cuatro casos de suicidio; es decir, hay 112 casos registrados de suicidio en lo que va del año.

De los 40 países de la región latinoamericana, El Salvador se ubica en la posición 11 en escala de suicidios, con una tasa de 8.25 por cada 100 mil habitantes, según datos de la Organización Panamericana de la Salud (OPS).

En todo el 2011, el Minsal tuvo conocimiento de 1,089 intentos de suicidios, siendo los hombres los que presentaron más casos, con 885; mientras que en el caso de las mujeres, 427 fueron confirmados.

Entre las formas de suicidio más comunes en el país está el ingerir venenos y pesticidas, seguido por ahorcamiento y muerte con arma de fuego, detalló el Minsal.

Los pensamientos suicidas e incluso los intentos de suicidio no escapan a nadie, aseguran las autoridades. Desde niños en escuela primaria hasta adultos mayores pueden verse afectados por esta situación, usualmente ligada a problemas de depresión y estrés.

Otros factores que conducen al suicidio pueden ser la pérdida de empleos, falta de oportunidades, discriminación con base a orientación sexual y problemas familiares. En nuestro país, el Minsal también estudia la influencia del acoso pandilleril en jóvenes como factor para el suicidio.

El Minsal aseguró que en el país se realizan marchas para concientizar a la población sobre el problema, además de charlas de prevención en escuelas y orientación para jóvenes que tengan este tipo de tendencias.

Realidad mundial
Por su parte, la Organización Mundial de la Salud (OMS), reveló que cada año se suicidan cerca de un millón de personas a nivel mundial, lo que representa una muerte cada 40 segundos. El suicidio figura entre las 20 causas de muerte más frecuentes, por lo que cada 10 de septiembre la OMS conmemora el Día Mundial para la Prevención del Suicidio.

Los factores de mayor riesgo a nivel mundial son los trastornos mentales, principalmente la depresión y el alcoholismo, así como ser víctima de abuso sexual y violencia. La tasa de suicidios ha aumentado en un 60% en los últimos 45 años, según datos de la OMS.

El organismo hace un llamado a estrategias para la prevención adecuada del suicidio, además de restringir el acceso a métodos comunes del suicidio como armas de fuego y sustancias tóxicas.
Para este organismo, el problema no se ha abordado adecuadamente debido a falta de sensibilización, el tabú que lo rodea y el hecho que gobiernos no incluyan la prevención de suicidios entre sus prioridades.

Source: La Página


Estonia


Siiras ja kaastundlik huvi teise inimese tunnete ja mõtete vastu on hinge tervendava toimega. Tagasi võiks hoida hinnangute ja kiirete nõuannete andmisega. Igal aastal 10. septembril tähistatakse ülemaailmset enesetappude ennetamise päeva, aastal 2012 juba kümnendat korda. Selle päeva mõte on tuletada kõigile meelde, et enesetapp on liiga lõplik lahendus ajutistele probleemidele ning et enesetappude ennetamine on võimalik.

Reklaam

Enesetappude ennetamisele aitab kaasa õigeaegne tegutsemine suitsidaalse kriisi korral ja mõningate laialtlevinud müütide kummutamine. Müüdid on takistuseks sekkumisel ja ennetamisel, kuid info jagamise ja teadlikkuse tõstmisega saab neid müüte ümber lükata. Suitsiidide ennetamine on meie igaühe asi – selle hoiaku aktsepteerimine võib päästa nii mõnegi elu.

Kolm kõige enam levinud müüti, mis takistavad enesetappude ennetamist, on:

1. Kui ma olen kellegi pärast mures, sest ta näib mõtlevat enesetapust, siis selle kohta küsimusi esitada on ohtlik. Minu küsimusest võib see inimene saada idee enesetapuks või julgustuse oma mõtted teoks teha.

Vale! Võimalus rääkida avameelselt sügavalt isiklikest ja tundlikest teemadest nagu suitsiid on rahustav ja leevendav enamuse inimeste jaoks. Hoopis vaikus ja teema vältimine võib olla hävitava toimega. Siiras ja kaastundlik huvi teise inimese tunnete ja mõtete vastu on hinge tervendava toimega. Tagasi võiks hoida hinnangute ja kiirete nõuannete andmisega.

2. Kui inimene juba kord on suitsidaalne, siis ta teeb oma mõtte teoks ja sooritab enesetapu sõltumata sellest, mida mina teen või ei tee.

Vale! Isegi sagedaste ja sügavate suitsiidimõtetega inimeses on tavaliselt olemas soov elada ja sina saad tal aidata valida elu! Me teame, et suitsidaalsed impulsid kestavad tavaliselt vaid lühikest aega, mistõttu kiire reageerimine siin ja praegu ning suitsiidimeetodile ligipääsu piiramine on enesetappude ennetamisel efektiivsed strateegiad.

3. Enamus suitsiide pannakse toime ilma mingi eelneva märguandeta, mistõttu neid on võimatu ennetada.

Vale! Kuigi isegi kõrge suitsiidiriskiga inimestest vaid vähesed panevad tegelikult toime enesetapu, on umbes 70% nendest, kes on endalt elu võtnud, andnud ümbritsevatele eelnevalt signaale oma kavatsuse kohta. Seetõttu tuleb sekkuda alati, kui sa paned tähele märke kõrgest suitsiidiriskist.

Mida tähele panna

Märgid kõrgest suitsiidiriskist:
* Sotsiaalne eemaldumine
* Alkoholi või narkootikumide tarvitamise suurenemine
* Märgid hingelisest valust, depressiooni sümptomid
* Eelnevad suitsiidikatsed
* Tõsine ärevus ja/või sisemine rahutus
* Suremisest ja/või enesetapust rääkimine

Olukorrad, mis võivad seonduda kõrge suitsiidiriskiga:
* Raske kaotus või lähisuhte purunemine
* Vägivalla või psühholoogilise trauma kogemus
* Hiljuti diagnoositud raske kehaline haigus
* Sotsiaalne isolatsioon

(Autor on Eesti-Rootsi Vaimse Tervise ja Suitsidoloogia Instituudi (ERSI) tegevdirektor ja vanemteadur.)

Merike Sisask www.DELFI.ee

Source: Delfi


Fiji


Ba


SPREADING the message that suicide prevention is a realistic goal, the Ba-based Lifeline Fiji yesterday celebrated World Suicide Prevention Day.

One of the few issues that the NGO deals directly with are emotionally unstable and suicidal people, the group has been working with stakeholders to find solutions to this growing health problem.

Lifeline Fiji vice-president and crisis intervention officer Neelam Chand said the group dealt with the emotional wellbeing of individuals.

"We look after the emotional wellbeing of people by providing face-to-face and telephone counselling and are strongly focused on helping people to overcome suicidal thoughts and feelings," she said.

"We offer counselling and guidance and we also work closely with the Ministry of Health, the Social Welfare Department, Education Ministry and the Police Department."

Ms Chand said many of those who sought their help often needed someone to listen to their problems.

"All they need is someone to listen and someone to talk to.

"We usually hold face-to-face counselling with them and offer them help. We sometimes refer them to the relevant authority when they need further help."

She said every year, millions of people committed suicide.

"This is about 1.5 per cent of all deaths, making suicide the 10th leading cause of death globally.

"Every 40 seconds another family loses a loved one to suicide. While the risk factors for suicide are universal, their importance and nature differs across countries and cultures.

"Every year this rate is increasing. This is really alarming for the entire population. Most people who attempt suicide can get through this crisis with the help of family and friends."

The group will be at Ba Library tomorrow for Library Week and offer more information about its services.

Source: Fiji Times Online


Finland


Helsinki


Mikä suojaa nuorta itsemurhalta?

Suomen Mielenterveysseuran ja Surunauha ry:n kutsuseminaari

Aika: Maanantai 10.9.2012 klo 12–16
Paikka: Biomedicum, Helsinki, Haartmaninkatu 8, Sali 3

OHJELMA

Seminaarin puheenjohtajana Surunauha ry:n puheenjohtaja Satu Ojala.

klo 12.00 Avaus, Kulttuuri- ja urheiluministeri Paavo Arhinmäki.

klo 12.15 Itsemurhalta suojaavat tekijät tutkimuksen valossa
- Kehitysjohtaja Kristian Wahlbeck, Suomen Mielenterveysseura

klo 12.35 Läheiset ja luonto antoivat voimaa jaksaa
- Kirjailija, näyttelijä Manuela Bosco

klo 13.00 Koulu nuoren tukena
- Pedagoginen johtaja Anne Suomala, Keskuspuiston ammattiopisto

klo 13.30 Kahvi

klo 13.50 Miten yhteisöllisyys suojaa nuorta itsetuhoisuudelta?
- Erikoistutkija Atte Oksanen, Nuorisotutkimusverkosto / Nuorisotutkimusseura

klo 14.15 Paneeli: Mitä voimme tehdä itsemurhien ehkäisemiseksi?
- Pj. johtaja Outi Ruishalme, Suomen Mielenterveysseura
- Kuntoutussuunnittelija Camilla Djupsund, Suomen Mielenterveysseura
- Projektipäällikkö Antti Ervasti, Poikien talo
- Yksikön päällikkö Minna Savolainen, THL
- Johtaja Anna Laitinen, SPR turvatalo
- Nuorisotyönohjaaja Antti Nieminen, Malmin seurakunta

klo 15.45 Yhteenveto

Seminaari on maksuton.

Ilmoittaudu seminaariin

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AVOIN YLEISÖLUENTO - Mikä suojaa nuorta itsemurhalta?

Aika: Maanantai 10.9.2012 klo 18–19.30
Paikka: Helsingin yliopiston päärakennus, Fabianinkatu 33, auditorio XII

Läheiset ja luonto antoivat voimaa jaksaa, kirjailija, näyttelijä Manuela Bosco. Itsemurhien ehkäisy on yhteinen asia, kriisityöntekijät Veli-Matti Husso ja Pirjo-Riitta Liimatainen.

Ilmoittaudu yleisöluennolle

Website


2012 World Suicide Prevention Day banner in French


France


Colombes


JOURNEE MONDIALE PREVENTION SUICIDE COLOMBES 92 - SEPTEMBRE 2012

A l'occasion des 10e Journée mondiale de prévention du suicide - 10 septembre 2012 «la prévention du suicide à travers le monde : renforcer les facteurs de protection et insuffler l'espoir»

MANIFESTATIONS A COLOMBES 92

L'Exposition : in MEMORIAM
Travail architectural : Mise en espace de la crise suicidaire
De Martin BRUYERE LE BOUGUENEC
10 et 11 septembre 2012 au Tapis Rouge

Film - Débat « 2h37 » Murali K THAKKURI
Sélection officielle Festival de Cannes 2006
L'adolescence est le moment où il faut choisir entre vivre et mourir
10 septembre 2012 à 20 heures au 4 Clubs

Manifestation organisée par :
L'association ENTR'ACTES Unité de Psychothérapie de Colombes
5 bis, boulevard Valmy 92700 COLOMBES tél 01 47 85 65 48

Avec le concours du Centre Thérapeutique Spécialisé POPINCOURT
dont l'objet est la lutte contre l'isolement et la prévention du suicide
(Inter-secteur en Psychiatrie Adulte Parisien).
Membre d'IASP (International Association Suicide Prevention)
Avec le soutien de l'UNPS (Union Nationale pour la Prévention du Suicide)

Et de la Ville de Colombes, du Service Prévention Santé et de l'Atelier Santé Ville
Publié par blog d'infosuicide.org à l'adresse 13:03

Site Web


Montpellier


Journée mondiale de prévention du suicide
Le Refuge : « N’abandonnez pas les jeunes LGBT ! »
Le Refuge craint que le gouvernement ne délaisse la prévention et l’accompagnement des jeunes exposés au mal-être et au suicide, au profit de la question du mariage pour tous.
À l’occasion de la Journée mondiale de prévention du suicide fixée le 10 septembre, le Refuge lance une pétition sous forme de courrier adressé au Président de la République. L’association souhaite ainsi attirer l’attention du gouvernement sur la situation dramatique des jeunes LGBT rejetés par leurs proches. Pour pérenniser et développer son action d’accompagnement, elle est en attente au minimum d’un renouvellement des subventions octroyées les années précédentes, aujourd’hui en suspens. Le Refuge a aussi demandé l’agrément CHRS* de ses hébergements pour garantir leur financement et assurer un suivi social approfondi des jeunes et leur réinsertion professionnelle dans les meilleures conditions.
Le Refuge rappelle que les jeunes LGBT ont 13 fois plus de risques de faire des tentatives de suicide que les jeunes hétérosexuels**. Les chiffres sont connus. L’INPES note d’ailleurs dans un rapport daté de 2010 que « l’homophobie est aujourd’hui le facteur de risque le mieux identifié pour comprendre la sursuicidalité des jeunes des minorités sexuelles »***. Pourtant, la détresse de ces jeunes ne fait l’objet que d’un alinéa dans le Programme national d’actions contre le suicide (2011- 2014) lancé par le précédent gouvernement : la création d’un DVD « visant à prévenir les attitudes et comportements homophobes et leurs conséquences sur les jeunes de 11 à 20 ans ». Le gouvernement actuel, lui, tarde à tenir ses promesses : « Les conseillers ministériels semblent uniquement préoccupés par le mariage pour tous, déclare Nicolas Noguier, président du Refuge. C’est une avancée symbolique, importante pour beaucoup, mais elle ne doit pas se faire au détriment des questions essentielles de santé publique : l’homophobie et ses conséquences sur les minorités sexuelles, en particulier chez les jeunes en souffrance. »
À propos du Refuge
Seule association de lutte contre l’homophobie reconnue d’utilité publique et unique structure en France, conventionnée par l’Etat, à proposer un hébergement temporaire et un accompagnement social, médical et psychologique aux jeunes majeurs, filles et garçons, victimes d’homophobie ou de transphobie. Implantée à Montpellier, Paris, Lyon, Marseille, Lille, Toulouse, Narbonne et Saint Denis de la Réunion, le Refuge compte 1338 adhérents et dispose d’une capacité d’hébergement de 38 places en appartements-relais.

* Centres d’Hébergement et de Réinsertion Sociale
** étude de Marc Shelly, parue en 2003 dans le British Medical Journal
*** http://www.inpes.sante.fr/CFESBases/catalogue/pdf/1291.pdf
Contacts presse :
Karine Baudoin, RP - 04 67 40 36 77 - 06 30 08 42

Source: Le Refuge


Paris


Le gouvernement veut endiguer les suicides des personnes âgées à domicile

PARIS — Le gouvernement espère endiguer les suicides de personnes âgées, qui ont le plus souvent lieu à domicile, grâce à des mesures comme la formation renforcée des professionnels de l'aide à domicile, a annoncé lundi la ministre en charge de ce dossier, Michèle Delaunay. A l'occasion de la Journée mondiale de prévention du suicide organisée par l'Organisation mondiale de la santé (OMS), la ministre a rendu visite à une bénévole de l'association "Au bout du fil", qui depuis 2007 propose à des personnes seules de recevoir un appel téléphonique une ou deux fois par semaine.
"Je ressens en leur parlant beaucoup de solitude, une grande détresse", a expliqué devant la presse Mireille Dantel-Fort, "appelante" depuis 4 ans. "Ces personnes se sentent souvent inutiles, beaucoup souhaitent mourir".
Selon les derniers chiffres disponibles, en 2009, 10.464 décès par suicide ont été enregistrés en France métropolitaine, dont un tiers chez les plus de 60 ans, alors qu'ils représentent 22% des Français. Les hommes de plus de 85 ans se suicident même quatre fois plus que l'ensemble des Français. "Le suicide des personnes âgées est trop passé sous silence", a estimé lundi la ministre Michèle Delaunay, jugeant indispensable d'"alerter les professionnels pour qu'ils pensent à reconnaître ce risque".
Alors que 70% de ces suicides ont lieu à domicile, elle a notamment promis de diffuser avant la fin de l'année aux professionnels du secteur de l'aide à domicile une mallette de prévention qui les aidera à "déceler les signes de dépression chez les personnes âgées". Elle a promis de "réactiver le comité national de vigilance et de lutte contre la maltraitance envers les personnes âgées et handicapées", en sommeil depuis 2009, qui aura pour première mission de plancher sur le suicide à domicile des personnes âgées. La ministre souhaite aussi réunir autour d'une table les structures qui oeuvrent déjà en faveur de l'accompagnement des personnes âgées (aînés ruraux, mutualités sociales agricoles, Petits frères des pauvres...).
"Quand un âgé entre dans une maison de retraite, il faudrait que son consentement soit recueilli de façon plus explicite", a-t-elle également estimé.

Source: AFP


Georgia

2012 World Suicide Prevention Day banner in Russian


Tbilisi


Sopho, Georgia, Tbilisi

We and volunteers will be releasing Chinese lanterns in the sky in the memory of those lost and in order to raise awareness. The entire event will be recorded and used later in a suicide prevention video.


Germany

2012 World Suicide Prevention Day banner in German


Berlin


10. September 2012 – Zentrale Veranstaltung

“Nun aber bleiben Glaube, Hoffnung, Liebe … ” – Zentraler Ökumenischer Gottesdienst zum Gedenken an die Suizidtoten.

10. September 2012 – 18:00 Uhr – Kaiser-Wilhelm-Gedächtniskirche – Berlin

Weil sie ihr Leben nicht mehr meistern konnten und keinen anderen Ausweg für sich sahen, haben 10.000 Menschen im vergangenen Jahr selbst ihr Leben beendet. Jugendliche, Männer und Frauen im mittleren Alter, zunehmend auch alte Menschen. Die Rede vom “Freitod” wird dabei ihrer seelischen Not selten gerecht.

Zum WHO-Weltsuizidpräventionstag finden in der Kaiser-Wilhelm-Gedächtniskirche ein zentraler ökumenischer Gottesdienst mit Angehörigengruppen aus ganz Deutschland und in der Präventionsarbeit Tätigen statt.

Als zentrale Veranstaltung verantaltet das nationale Suizidpräventionprogramm für Deutschland (NaSPro) dieses Jahr zusammen mit der Kaiser-Wilhelm-Gedächtniskirche wieder einen ökumenischen Gottesdienst mit Angehörigen verschiedenener Religionen.

Sie sind zu diesem Gottesdienst herzlich eingeladen.

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Dresden


10. September 2012

Wissenschaftliches Symposium

Wenn Krisen bedrohlich werden

Depression und Suizidalität bei Jugendlichen und jungen Erwachsenen anlässlich des Internationalen Tages der Suizidprävention

10. September 2012

Veranstalter:

AG Suizidforschung
Klinik und Poliklinik für Psychiatrie und Psychotherapie
Universitätsklinikum C.G. Carus, Dresden

Workshops

13.00 – 14.45 Uhr Workshop I – Dr. med. Paul Plener (Ulm)
Therapie bei selbstverletzendem Verhalten im Kindes-, Jugend- und jungen Erwachsenenalter

13.00 – 14.45 Uhr Workshop II – Dipl.-Psych. Sigrid Meurer (Berlin)
Krisenintervention bei Suizidalität im Kindes-, Jugend- und jungen Erwachsenenalter

Vorträge

15.00 – 15.15 Uhr Prof. Dr. Dr. Michael Bauer und Dr. Ute Lewitzka (Dresden)Begrüßung und Moderation / Grußworte durch Vertreter der Stadt (angefragt)

15.15 – 16.00 Uhr Dr. Paul Plener (Ulm)
Suizidalität im Jugendalter

16.00 – 16.45 Uhr Dr. Gunter Vulturius (Merseburg)
Depressive und suizidale Krisen im Kindes, -Jugend- und jungen Erwachsenenalter

17.15 – 18.00 Uhr Dipl.-Psych. Sigrid Meurer (Berlin)
Grundlagen der schulischen Prävention

Kurzreferate

18.00 – 18.15 Uhr Dipl.-Psych. Kirsten Schröter (Dresden) Dipl.-Psych. Grit Herrmann (Dresden)
Angebote für junge Menschen in Krisensituationen in Dresden

18.15 – 18.30 Uhr Dr. Simone Wanderer (Dresden)
Die Arbeit der Kommunalen Erziehungs- und Familienberatungsstellen mit Kindern und Jugendlichen in Krisensituationen

18.30 – 18.45 Uhr Dipl- Psych. Ina Donath (Dresden)
Schulische Krisenintervention

18.45 – 19.00 Uhr Dr. Karin Horn (Dresden)
Krisenintervention in der Klinik - Was kann eine kinder- und jugendpsychiatrische Station leisten?

Ca. 19.00 Uhr Abschlussworte und Ende des wissenschaftlichen Symposiums.
*Die Veranstaltung wurden von der SLÄK mit 5 Fortbildungspunkten zertifiziert

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Gebühren: Workshop, inkl. Symposium.: 60,00 Euro / erm. 30,00 Euro Nur Symposium : 25,00 Euro / erm. 15,00 Euro

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Anmeldung un Information:

Faxanmeldung an 0351 458-5316

oder per Mail an Frau Heyde: Kerstin.Heyde@uniklinikum-dresden.de

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Das wissenschaftliche Symposium wurde organisiert in Zusammenarbeit mit der Klinik und Poliklinik für Kinder-und Jugendpsychiatrie des Universitätsklinikum C.G. Carus Dresden sowie dem Psychosozialen Krisendienstes des Gesundheitsamtes der Landeshauptstadt Dresden

Die Veranstaltung wird unterstützt von der Deutschen Gesellschaft für Suizidprävention (DGS), dem Bündnis gegen Depression sowie von der Ökumenischen Notfallseelsorge Dresden

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13. September 2012

Im Rahmen der Reihe “Suizid und Kunst”, zweijährig organisiert von der AG Suizidforschung der Klinik und Poliklinik für Psychiatrie und Psychotherapie des Universitätsklinikum C.G. Carus, findet anlässlich des Internationalen Tages der Weltsuizidprävention eine Filmvorführung des Dokumentarfilms:

Todtraurig

im Programmkino Ost, Schandauer Str. 73

01277 Dresden statt.

Datum: 13.9.2012

Beginn: 18 Uhr

Eintritt: 2 Euro

Worum geht es?
Lebenskrisen gehören zum Erwachsen-werden. Doch was passiert, wenn die innere Not unerträglich und der Wunsch, das Leben zu beenden, immer stärker werden? Das Medienprojekt Wuppertal hat darüber einen Film gedreht, in dem fünf Mädchen ihre Geschichte erzählen. Sie alle haben überlebt. Die jugendlichen Filmemacher des Medienprojekts Wuppertal kommen ihren Protagonisten so nah, wie es sich manch ein erwachsener Regisseur wünschen würde. Ein berührender Film (wdr).

Anschließend Diskussionsmöglichkeit mit Experten.

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Düsseldorf


9. September 2012

Gottesdienste anlässlich des Weltsuizidpräventionstages 2012

Stellvertretend für die gesamte Katholische Kirche in Düsseldorf wird am Sonntag den 09. September 2012 um 11.15 Uhr in St. Margareta in Gerresheim ein Gottesdienst gefeiert.

Darüber hinaus werden in allen Sonntagsgottesdiensten der Pfarrei und aller katholischen Gemeinden in ganz Düsseldorf fürbittend der Suizidopfer und ihrer Angehörigen sowie der Anliegen von Initiative Tabu Suizid gedacht.

Nach dem Gottesdienst werden Mitglieder der Initiative Tabu Suizid an einem Infostand vor der Basilika zur Information und zum Gespräch zur Verfügung stehen. Den Gottesdienst und die Predigt wird Pfarrer Dr. Reuter halten.

Die evangelische Kirche feiert einen zentralen Gottesdienst am gleichen Tag um 10.30 Uhr in der Gustav Adolph Kirche. Er wird gestaltet von Pfarrer Olaf Steiner und Klinikpfarrer Claus Scheven aus dem LVR-Klinikum und um 11.00 Uhr in der Schlosskirche in Eller gestaltet von Pfarrerin Dr. Barbara Schwahn.


Näheres unter: www.tabusuizid.de

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10. September 2012

Tabuthema Suizid: Wir sprechen darüber

Anlässlich des Weltsuizidpräventionstages am Montag, den 10 September 2012, stehen Ihnen in der Zeit von 10 - 17 Uhr das Düsseldorfer Gesundheitsamt und eine Vielzahl an der Suizid-Prävention beteiligter Institutionen auf dem Heinrich-Heine-Platz vor dem Carschhaus als Ansprechpartner zur Verfügung.

Der neue Düsseldorfer „Wegweiser in Krisen- und Notsituationen, Hilfen für Betroffene und Angehörige“ liegt an den Ständen aus. Im Wegweiser finden Sie Adressen und/oder Telefonnummern zu Hilfen rund um die Uhr, zu Telefonseelsorge, Kliniken, Fachdiensten und Beratungsstellen sowie weiterführende Informationen und Internetangebote.

Ansprechpartner:
Psychiatriekoordination, Telefon: 0211.89-94965
E-Mail: sucht-psychiatriekoordination@duesseldorf.de
www.duesseldorf.de/gesundheitsamt/aktuelles/

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15. September 2012

Thementag anlässlich des Weltsuizidpräventionstages “Depression - Suizid - Trauer”

Samstag, 15. September 2012 um 13:00 Uhr bis 19:30 Uhr Düsseldorf, Bürgersaal des Bürgerzentrum Bilk
Bachstr. 145, 4017 Düsseldorf

13.00 Uhr Eröffnung

Begrüßung Schirmherrn Walter Schmidt Bezirksvorsteher der BV 03 Düsseldorf und Renate Reichmann-Schmidt 1. Vorsitzende Initiative Tabu Suizid e.V.

13.30 Uhr “Wenn alte Menschen nicht mehr leben wollen -
Suizidprävention im Alter”.

Vortrag mit Diskussionsmöglichkeit Prof. Dr. Norbert Erlemeier

15.00 Uhr „Kirche und Suizid“
Vortrag mit Diskussionsmöglichkeit

Zu diesem für die Betroffenen wie für die Kirchen wichtigen Thema stehen uns Dr. Barbara Schwahn und Dr. Wolfgang Reuter als Gesprächspartner seitens der evangelischen und katholischen Kirche in Düsseldorf zur Verfügung.


16.15 Uhr “Burn-out ist keine Krankheit!
… aber eine therapeutische und präventive Herausforderung”

Vortrag Dipl.-Psych. Doris Jacobs-Strack in anschließender Diskussion mit Prof. Dr. Dieter Sawalies

17.30 Uhr “Selbsterfahrung mittels Selbsthilfeanleitung - Die Klopftechniken der Energetischen Psychologie”

Workshop mit Prof. Dr. Dieter Sawalies und Doris Jacobs-Strack

Ausführliches Programm unter www.tabusuizid.de

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16. September 2012

Themengottesdienst zum Abschluss der Woche zur Suizidprävention

Sonntag, den 16. September 2012 hält um 10.30 Uhr in der Thomaskirche in Mörsenbroich ( Pfarrer Carsten Körber).


Rostock


2. - 4. November 2012

»Suizidprävention - eine Herausforderung an die Gesellschaft«

40. Jahrestagung der Deutschen Gesellschaft für Suizidprävention - Hilfe in Lebenskrisen e.V. (DGS)

Weitere Informationen

Programm

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Ghana


2012 World Suicide Prevention Day banner in Akan


Accra


In collaboration with the Network for Anti-Suicide and Crisis Prevention in Ghana and Cultivating Minds Foundation, Ghana, the Department of Psychology will organize a walk from the African Liberation Circle, Accra to Parliament House to present a statement to Parliament on the following:

  1. Decriminalization of suicide in Ghana
  2. Responsible Media Coverage of suicidal cases
  3. Funding Suicide Research in Ghana.

Date: 10th September, 2012

Time: 10 am

There will also be various Radio/TV presentations to create awareness of suicide prevention in the country.

All are cordially invited to join us in the fight against suicide attempts and deaths.

Charity Akotia, PhD and Joseph Osafo, PhD.

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I am Kelvin Odonkor (www.facebook.com/KobbyBlay), an online editor and administrator of Ghana Health nest (www.ghanahealthnest.com) an online Health informal portal in Ghana. We will as part of this year's celebration campaign on all of our social media platforms i.e www.facebook.com/GhanaHealthnest, www.twitter.com/ghanahealthnest and on website at www.ghanahealthnest.com

We will also be going on air via some radio stations to share the message to instill hope and strengthen the protective factors to prevent suicide.

We are looking forward to this with persons who ever had suicidal thoughts, attempted or lost a relative through suicide.

The campaign has started already and We hope it gets successful.

regards
Kelvin
GhanaHealthnest.com
Accra, Ghana


Adum


Safety Net will start its campaign on the 8th September with sharing of flyers and putting up posters, then on that faithful day, 10th September, we will have a discussion on ADUM FM Station to create more awareness. If you are in Ghana and you want to volunteer, please call on 0207276163/ +233 0302 928429.


The Potter's Hands Foundation is in GHANA WEST AFRICA. That day (10th September), we will be on FM Station to have discussions on suicide prevention to create more awareness and also go on to the streets to share FLYERS.


Bawku Upper East


KAYIBEN MAHAMADU in BAWKU UPPER EAST, GHANA. I am organising a radio talk show on suicide prevention in the morning of september 10. Then go on outreach programme to educate people on suicide prevention. At 8pm I will light a candle near a window to reflect on suicide and remember friends or neighbors who passed away through suicide.


Koforidua


We are going to be talking about causes of this irreversible act of destruction on our Solution Center Program on our airwaves and also make mention of the day on our show on Monday on VISION 90.9FM


Greece

2012 World Suicide Prevention Day banner in Greek


Athens

Klimaka is a Greek non-profit organization which specializes in the field of mental health and social exclusion. Klimaka operates, since 2007, the only national Suicide Prevention Helpline (1018, 24/7) and since 2012, a Suicide Prevention Centre, under the supervision of the Greek Ministry of Health. Activities that are about to take place to support WSPD include:

  1. Organizing "We dance for Life 4".
  2. Since 2010, Klimaka runs the dancing event "we dance for life" against suicide. So far, volunteers dancers, "dance for life" in central squares in the city of Athens.
  3. Holding a training workshop on suicide prevention and intervention, designed to enhance the knowledge and skills of mental health professionals (psychologists, psychiatrists, social workers etc).
  4. Organizing an open day for Suicide Prevention at a central square of Athens (Syntagma Square).
  5. Other activities to raise public awareness on suicide prevention such as:

Guatamala


2012 World Suicide Prevention Day banner in Spanish


Los niños y los jóvenes destacan entre los sectores de la población que cometen suicidio, un mal creciente que afecta a los guatemaltecos y que preocupa a especialistas y autoridades del país.
Estudios elaborados por instituciones como la estatal Universidad de San Carlos de Guatemala (USAC), la mayor casa de estudios, advierten sobre el fenómeno del suicidio entre jóvenes, quienes confiesan que en algún momento de su vida adulta han contemplado la opción fatal.

Expertos en el tema y funcionarios del Sistema de Salud, que participaron en actividades por el Día Mundial de la Prevención del Suicidio, advirtieron que los jóvenes son mayoría en la población guatemalteca, por lo cual el hecho es preocupante.

La oficina de Naciones Unidas presentó en agosto pasado al presidente Otto Pérez Molina el Informe Nacional de Desarrollo Humano 2011-2012 denominado “Guatemala: ¿un país de oportunidades para la juventud?”, presentado en agosto pasado al presidente Otto Pérez Molina.

La población de Guatemala es de alrededor de 14.5 millones de personas, y el informe de la ONU precisó que “el 70 por ciento de la población es menor de 30 años y una de cada tres personas es joven (13 a 30 años)”.

Entre los factores negativos que afectan a la población mayoritaria de Guatemala, según la ONU, aparece el de que “más de 800 mil jóvenes de 13 a 18 años están fuera del sistema educativo”.

Los especialistas señalaron que además de la falta de oportunidades derivadas de la pobreza que afecta a la mayoría de la población, los jóvenes guatemaltecos enfrentan violencia y el acoso de las “maras” o pandillas que proliferan en la capital y comunidades del interior.

El desempleo, la falta de educación, violencia, así como factores relacionados con su “grupo primario” –padres, amigos y pareja sentimental- llevan a un joven con problemas de madurez a tomar la fatal determinación o intentar el suicidio, indicaron.

El problema también afecta a los niños, de acuerdo con la Procuraduría de los Derechos Humanos (PDH), que documentó al menos 13 suicidios de menores de edad sólo entre el período de enero a mayo del año en curso.

Datos de la Defensora de la Niñez y la Adolescencia de la PDH establecieron que entre los 13 suicidios se cuenta el caso de un niño de seis años que es investigado por las autoridades por lo confuso de la situación que costó la vida al pequeño.

La entidad denunció en su momento que en cuatro de los 13 suicidios conocidos en ese período del año se estableció que fueron generados por maltratos o violencia verbal y física ejercida contra la víctima en escuelas.

Coincidió en que existe un subregistro de casos de suicidio a nivel nacional, en especial en víctimas menores de 18 años, pues muchos no son reportados como tal.

Además, la PDH descartó la pobreza y violencia como causas determinantes, pues hay otras situaciones como desapego de los padres, problemas sentimentales, abandono y depresión que pueden ser detonantes.

En todo caso, se lamentó que los padres o allegados no conozcan o desatiendan “las señales” expresadas por los niños y adolescentes que llevan al suicidio, como aislamiento, desánimo, tristeza y comentarios sobre la muerte, entre otras.

Source: Diario Rotativo


Guyana


Mibicuri, Black Bush Polder


I have information on WSPD activities that took place in Mibicuri, Black Bush Polder, which has the highest suicide rate in Guyana. 10 Sept. 2012 was also the release date of a study titled "Suicide in Black Bush Polder: a Report with Recommendations."

Michael Fallahay, Peace Corps Response Volunteer


Hong Kong


2012 World Suicide Prevention Day banner in Chinese - Traditional


Organization name: The Samaritan Befrienders Hong Kong City/State: Hong Kong, China Event name: World Suicide Prevention Day Carnival Activities: Stage Shows, Booth Activities, Sharing Sessions and Charity Sales It is hoped that such a meaningful event would help bring out the message of cherishing lives and caring families.


Hungary


2012 World Suicide Prevention Day banner in Hungarian


Our Federation - LESZ; Hungarian Federation of Telephone Emergency Services - is a full member of IFOTES.
This year on Suicide Prevention Day we have two main activities.

In the Ministry today we have a Congress including plenary sessions like:

Our other main activity is for our Hungarian volunteers. We organised our Yearly National Conference, where LESZ experts, leaders, and volunteers can meet together. During this weekend there will be plenary sessions, workshops, cultural programs, and for the World Suicide Prevention Day, we will let 200 balloon fly.


Iceland


2012 World Suicide Prevention Day banner in Icelandic


Alþjóðadagur sjálfsvígsforvarna er 10. sept

Ár hvert er 10. september tileinkaður forvörnum vegna sjálfsvíga víða um heim. Hér á landi er dagurinn einnig helgaður minningu þeirra sem fallið hafa fyrir eigin hendi.

Talið er að í heiminum öllum verði sjálfsvíg á 40 sek. fresti. Tíðni sjálfsvíga á Íslandi sveiflast frá ári til árs og er á bilinu 33–37 sjáfsvíg á ári undanfarin ár. Það segir okkur að tveir til þrír einstaklingar að meðaltali svipta sig lífi í hverjum mánuði á Íslandi

Að þessu sinni verður athygli vakin á sjálfsvígum og forvörnum gegn þeim með ýmsum hætti:

Sala á gulum slaufum
Gulir borðar verða festir á tré í kringum Tjörnina í Reykjavík.
Málþing um sjálfsvíg og forvarnir í safnaðarheimili Dómkirkjunnar við Tjörnina. Kl. 15–17
Minningarstund í Dómkirkjunni kl. 20
Kertafleyting á Tjörninni


Málþing um sjálfsvíg – forvarnir og stuðningur við aðstandendur
kl. 15:00–17:00 í safnaðarheimili Dómkirkjunnar við Tjörnina

Dagskrá:

Jónína Leósdóttir rithöfundur:
Upp á líf og dauða - Um sjálfsvígsáhættu ungs fólks
Óttar Guðmundsson geðlæknir:
Umfang sjálfsvíga á Islandi og viðbrögð heilbrigðiskerfisins
Sigrún Halla Tryggvadóttir, félagi í Hugarafli talar um reynslu sína:
“Veldu þá lífið…”
Hrefna Ólafsdóttir félagsráðgjafi:
Sjálfsvíg: Forvarnir, öryggisnet og tengslanet.
Staða aðstandenda eftir sjálfsvíg:
Elín Ebba Gunnarsdóttir: Trúir þú á líf fyrir dauðann?
Benedikt Guðmundsson: Vandi fólks sem upplifir sjálfsvíg
Haukur Árni Hjartarson, starfsmaður Rauða krossins: Neyðarnúmerið 1717: Símtöl frá fólki í
sjálfsvígshugleiðingum
Tónlistarflutningur : Elvar Bragason forstöðumaður og ráðgjafi hjá Lífsýn forvarnir og fræðsla.
Stjórnandi : Halldór Reynisson


Kyrrðarstund til að heiðra minningu þeirra sem fallið hafa fyrir eigin hendi.
Kl. 20:00 í Dómkirkjunni

Dagskrá:

Árelía Eydís Guðmundsdóttir aðstandandi segir frá reynslu sinni.
Benedikt Guðmundsson aðstandandi fjallar um stuðning við þau sem hafa misst ástvin vegna sjálfsvígs
Sr. Sigurður Pálsson flytur hugvekju
Tónlist:
Páll Óskar Hjálmtýsson
Jónas Sigurðsson
Fabúla
Kári Þormar dómorganisti
Kertafleyting
Að lokinni athöfn í kirkjunni verður gengið niður að Tjörn þar sem kertum verður fleytt til að heiðra minningu þeirra sem fallið hafa fyrir eigin hendi.


Að átaki þessu standa Þjóðkirkan, Embætti landlæknis, geðsvið Landspítala háskólasjúkrahúss, Ný dögun, samtök um sorg og sorgarviðbrögð, Rauði krossinn, Hugarafl og Geðhjálp auk aðstandenda.

Salbjörg Bjarnadóttir

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India


2012 World Suicide Prevention Day banner in Gujarati

2012 World Suicide Prevention Day banner in Hindi

2012 World Suicide Prevention Day banner in Kutchi

2012 World Suicide Prevention Day banner in Malayalam


Afzalganj, Old City, Hyderabad, Andhra Pradesh


Makro Foundation (MaFo) is promoting the worldwide commitment and action to prevent suicide by organizing a weeklong awareness program from "1st September 2012 - 10th September 2012" to mark the World Suicide Prevention Day on 10 September 2012.

It is important to shatter the stigma on mental illness and make sure everybody knows it's OK to talk about it, to get help, and to embrace life.

The event is planned in two phases

Outcome: The series of events is organized is to raise awareness through Collaboration and partnerships between communities, practitioners, research and industry about suicide being a major preventable cause of premature death.1600 students and 1500 public.

Date: 4/9/2012 Time: 11:00 am - 12:00 pm
Program: Stress Management and Suicide Prevention the Connect in Princess Eison College
Outcome: 150 students of the college will know the technique or prevention.

Makro Foundation WSPD Website


Agra, Uttar Pradesh


Department of Psychiatry at S.N.Medical College, Agra U.P conducted a public awareness program in the OPD complex with aprox. 125 patients plus their attendants participated in the program. The presentation was a 25 min audio video presentation in local hindi language easy to understand and relate for the common man followed by answering the queries of the audience by the faculty members. The program was a success and nicely covered and praised by the local media. On 11th of September an undergraduate quiz for M.B.B.S students was conducted with ten undergraduates participating in it.
Dr. Vishal Sinha
Head of the Department
Department of Psychiatry
S.N.Medical College
Agra, Uttar Pradesh, India


Ameerpet Area - Hyderabad, Andhra Pradesh


Makro Foundation (MaFo) is promoting the worldwide commitment and action to prevent suicide by organizing a weeklong awareness program from "1st September 2012 - 10th September 2012" to mark the World Suicide Prevention Day on 10 September 2012.

It is important to shatter the stigma on mental illness and make sure everybody knows it's OK to talk about it, to get help, and to embrace life.

The event is planned in two phases

Outcome: The series of events is organized is to raise awareness through Collaboration and partnerships between communities, practitioners, research and industry about suicide being a major preventable cause of premature death.1600 students and 1500 public.

Date: 5/9/2012 Time: 10:00 am - 2:00 pm
Program: Students of Telugu Medium Institutions
Outcome: 400 Students and Teachers will be made aware about suicide prevention.

Makro Foundation WSPD Website


Bangalore, Karnataka


The Inner Call
India
is organizing week long programs to observe the international day for suicide prevention. The week will commence on 6th September and will have its closing on 10th September. During this tenure various activities such as painting competition, debates, signature campaigns, educational skits and counselling sessions will be organised mainly at Jammu, Srinagar and Bangalore. The activities will mainly focus on educating the common masses about the preventive measures that can be taken to prevent suicide or suicidal tendencies.


Behrot, Jammu & Kashmir


Iqra Foundation,a Voluntary non-governmental organization based in Jammu & Kashmir(India) has been working in the fields of Health,Environment,Women & Child and Sustainable development since 1985. Iqra Foundation has launched various awareness campaigns against eradication of Tobacco, HIV/AIDS,and so many other social evils including Suicide. It pleases us to know about IASP at international level. Iqra Foundation would like to associate and collaborate with International Association for Suicide Prevention for just a noble cause of humanity.

We at Iqra Foundation has decided to launch a special awareness campaign against suicide menace in the society by organizing workshop,symposium, seminar and Group Discussions in connection with the celebrations of World Suicide Prevention Day.
We request you to please supply us sufficient printed material as well as soft copies(if any)on the topic so as to make our campaign a successfu and also to be used in further awareness campaigns over here.
Iqra Foundation also request you to include the organization in your mailing list so as to receive prited material regularly from I A S P.
Hope to hear from your good end at an earliest.
Thank you.

Sincerely


Shabir Ahmed Rather
Mob. +919419777885
Chief Executive
Iqra Foundation

Postal Address:

Iqra Foundation Behrot,
P.O. Behrot-185213
District: Rajouri
Jammu & Kashmir (India)


Calicut, Kerala


THANAL Suicide Prevention Centre, CALICUT. KERALA STATE, INDIA.

Details of activities planned by THANAL in connection with WORLD SUICIDE PREVENTION DAY 2012.

The statistics of Suicide incidents in India are being prepared by the National Crime Records Bureau based on the data provided by the State Crime Records Bureau of the Police Department. This prompted us to think that involving the police personnel who have wide contact with the general public and suicide cases will be immensely helpful in suicide prevention activities also.

On contacting the District Police Chief, there was a very positive response and THANAL has decided to conduct a one day workshop on 'Suicides and its prevention' to train the Police personnel. The faculty for the workshop will be as follows.

Psychological and social aspects of suicide : Dr.Subrmanyan, MA, MMSP, PhD, Consultant Psychologist, Perinthalmanna.
Biological aspects of suicide : Dr.N.Rajmohan, MD, Assistant Professor of Psychiatry, KMCT Medical College,
Calicut Management of suicidal tendencies : Dr.P.N.Suresh Kumar, MD, DPM, DNB, PhD, MRC Psychiatry, Professor of psychiatry, KMCT Medical College,
Calicut Role of Police in suicide prevention : Mr.K.T. Paulachan, Consultant Psychologist, KMCT Medical College, Calicut

Alongside we have also planned to stage a short drama. The theme of the drama is how a conventional weaver who loses his livelihood due the influx of modern mechanized looms, contemplates suicide, but on providing proper motivation, decides to come back to normal life.

As a prologue to this event, on 29th July we conducted a workshop on 'Mental health issues in adolescents' targeting school children, parents and Teachers. Thanal Foundation Trust secretary Dr P N Sureshkumar, Clinical Psychologist Dr Justin Padamadan and Consultant Psychologist Dr Balakrishnan Nambiar conducted the classes very effectively.

As a part of our Outreach programmes, THANAL also conducted an awareness programme on Suicides and its prevention on 15th August 2012. This was held in a nearby village where it is observed that alcoholism and related suicides among the residents are slightly on the increase. Smt K Radha, Director THANAL addressed the gathering on the various aspects of suicides, methods to identify persons with suicidal tendencies and what can be done to prevent suicides THANAL volunteers will be observing IASP's 'Light a Candle' programme and giving wide publicity to the accompanying theme message.

Dr P N Sureshkumar,
Secretary, Thanal Foundation Trust


Chennai, Tamilnadu


What we have planned in Chennai are the following:

We have obtained permission for the above. We are trying to get permission to screen in all theatres a few slides


Bikaner, Rajasthan


This is Dr.Puneet Kalra, Chief Editor, The Nectar Age, a monthly english newspaper for kids and teens, published by PRP Media Incorporation, Bikaner. In my September edition of The Nectar Age, I have made the cover story " HOPE " and then carried on with the WHO guidelines to mark the World Suicide Prevention Day by urging my readers to light a candle near a window at 8PM, and also the article motivates readers to instill new hope in themselves and also spread happiness and hope to all they come across with. Its a small but sincere effort in spreading the message of relieving one from today's immense pressures pouring in from all corners and at all ages. Peer pressure, Bullying, expectations from the parents to excel etc., are robbing the young ones of their innocence and dragging them into a shell which at times becomes difficult to come out from and they unfortunately succumb to these.

I have lost a dear friend few years ago to this social ailment.

"HOPE"


Goa


We (Cooj Mental Health Foundation) in Goa, India are organising "World Suicide Prevention Week" from 3rd to 10th Sept. 2012, thereby involving the youth through schools and colleges which would include discussions, contests, Light Of Hope campaign etc.


Gujrat, Bruj, Kutch


  1. I am organizing a student rally with a World Suicide Prevention Day banner march through the middle of the town to spread awareness among the people.
  2. I am going to organize PARENT APPEALING APPROACH (PAA Project) and teacher's training camp in school to make them aware of early signs of depression in students for preventing suicide among teenagers. For this event I have met psychiatrists and psychiatric social workers in Govt. Mental Hospital-Bhuj and made them agree with the proposal of my NGO OM FOUNDATION.

At present I am working as a president of Om Foundation.

Thanking you Dr. Pandit Devjyoti Sharma


Respected IASP'S SIR, One week ago, on behalf of OM FOUNDATION, I have given press release regarding collecting free of cost World Suicide Day Banner for those NGOs who are interested to organize suicide prevention awareness camps. I have also appealed to download banners in Hindi, Gujarati and Kutchi language from the web site of IASP.I am also providing free pamplets, stickers through OM FOUNDATION. Thanking you Dr. Pandit DevJYOTI Sharma, President of OM FOUNDATION, KUTCH . INDIA.


Regards from hospital for mental health- Bhuj Gujarat, India.

Kindly note we have arranged a training session on 10 september 2012 for teacher to control suicide in student and to arrange a mass rally of student. If you want we are sending you report about that, and heartily, we are invite you and your team to attain our programme.

thanking you
arpan nayak


Haryana, Punjab


World Suicide Prevention Day will be observed in Haryana on September 10 and people would be educated on how to adopt a healthy life style. On that day, a special camp will also be held at Ch Ranbir Singh OPD at State Institute of Mental Health, Rohtak where Out Patient Cards would be made free of cost and those suffering from mental ailments would be diagnosed. Also, an exhibition on healthy life style would be organized at the institute.

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Hubli, Karnataka


I'm Dr.Suneetha J.Hangal, Head of the Dept.of Psychology at KLE Society's S.K.Arts College & H.S.K. Science Institute, Hubli, Karnataka State, India.
On 10th Sept.2012 the Dept. Of Psychology with the support of Dr.M.T.Kurani, Principal of the Institute, had organized an awareness programme for its students by arranging an interactive lecture on the topic "Is suicide preventable?". Dr. Ramesh G Upadhyaya, a reputed Clinical Psychologist from DIMHANS (Dharwad Insitute of Mental Health And Neuro Sciences) was the resource person who enlighten the students in detail the causes, methods, gender differences in suicide & methods of preventing suicides. He called upon the students of Psychology to share the burden of suicide prevention being the part of Health professionals.
The students also very meaningfully enacted two skits related to the situations (one on high educational aspiration and the other one on unemployment problem due to lack of caste, cash & influence factors)leading to suicide & the methods of preventing suicides with the use of cognitive-behaviour therapies/counselling. (Last year on the same occasion we had arranged a talk on "The role of Interpersonal Skills in avoiding Suicides" by a Counsellor Mrs. Madhu Lodeya and elocution competition for students on "Suicide").


Hyderabad, Andhra Pradesh


Makro Foundation (MaFo) is promoting the worldwide commitment and action to prevent suicide by organizing a weeklong awareness program from "1st September 2012 - 10th September 2012" to mark the World Suicide Prevention Day on 10 September 2012.

It is important to shatter the stigma on mental illness and make sure everybody knows it's OK to talk about it, to get help, and to embrace life.

The event is planned in two phases

Outcome: The series of events is organized is to raise awareness through Collaboration and partnerships between communities, practitioners, research and industry about suicide being a major preventable cause of premature death.1600 students and 1500 public.

Date: 10/9/2012 Time: 11:00 am - 1:00 pm
Program: Seminar on Awareness about Issues of Mental Health-Screening of Movie on Depression and generating a discussion
Outcome: 200 people .

Makro Foundation WSPD Website


Jammu, Jammu & Kashmir


The Inner Call
India
is organizing week long programs to observe the international day for suicide prevention. The week will commence on 6th September and will have its closing on 10th September. During this tenure various activities such as painting competition, debates, signature campaigns, educational skits and counselling sessions will be organised mainly at Jammu, Srinagar and Bangalore. The activities will mainly focus on educating the common masses about the preventive measures that can be taken to prevent suicide or suicidal tendencies.


Junagadh, Gujarat


2012 World Suicide Prevention Day

Activities: A full-day free diagnosis and counseling camp for patients of Depression and other psychiatric illnesses.

Name: Dr Prashant Dadhania M.D.(Psychiatry)
Organization: Anand Psychiatric Hospital
Country: India
State: Gujarat
City: Junagadh


Khammam, Andhra Pradesh


We are planning to carry out the activities below from 1-10 September.

  1. Writing articles regarding suicidesand prevention in Newspapers.
  2. Coducting awareness programmes regarding psychiatric problems and suicides in local schools and colleges.
  3. distributing pamphlets containing literature of psychiatric problems and suicides.
  4. Conductig Awareness programmes in various villeges by going house to house with the help of local leaders,this includes three villeges where "Secured storage of pesticides" study is going on.
  5. On 10th we are planning awareness programmes involing district officials and leaders.

With regards

Dr.Sateesh Babu

Khammam Andhra Pradesh

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At the out set I am happy to inform you that WSPD activities went on well from 1st sep to 10th sep.From 1st sept we have started awareness programmes targetting mainly teenagers. Awareness programmes were organised on 1st,4th,5th,6th,7th&8th in different colleges and number of students varied from 300 to 100.College lecturers also participated with keen interest and every day programme ended with good interactive sessions with students.local press covered the events. Phamphlets containing information regarding suicide statistics and preventive measures were distributed to college students, villegers and all sections of people mainly in rural areas.These phamphlets around ten thousand were released by womens college principal in a small function.In the villeges me, dr pavan kumar, dr poona singh and our pg students visited door to door to create awareness.

9th september we organised a pressmeet along with IMA president and secretary and gave details about WSPD activites on 10th every thing was very well covered in the print media on 10th.

On 10th morning we organised a huge rally involving doctors, students,nursing students,political leaders,social activist,Nss volunteers women organisations and persons from various spheres of life.Indian Medical Association past National president Dr.Jaya Chandra Reddy,District Medical & Health Officer Dr.Ramesh Babu and other prominent persons were present at the flagging-off ceremony.Rally started from pavillon grounds and ended at govt. hospital covering nearly 2 km distance.At the end of the rally me and Dr.Pavan kumar reddy addressed the gathering and all the participants of the rally took the pledge to lit candles in the windows of their houses later in the evening at 8pm.

District collector was informed every thing about 10 days long activities and invited to participate in the rally he agreed but could not attend because of some emergency work. He appreciated every thing.

All the above events were well covered by local press and rally was covered extensively by all print media and electronic media.Rally was shown in all the state TV channels number of times.I am attaching some of the visuals of above events and press coverage.

Thanking you
with Regards
Dr.Sateesh Babu
Psychiatrist
National representative IASP
Khammam, Andhra Pradesh,INDIA

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Kochi, Kerala


Volunteers of Maithri, Kochi, Suicide prevention Center, organised a Kite flying venture named "Soar High in to Life" for observing World Suicide Prevention Day on 10-9-2012 and propogating suicide prevention message at Rainbow Bridge,Marine Drive Kochi. A lot of public also participated in the programme. T-shirts with the logo World Suicide Prevention Day and Suicide is preventable and Maithri Kochi were worn by the participants. After flying kites, lighted the candles to spread the beacon of hope and the message that suicide is preventable. Maithri founder Director and Consultant Psychiatrist Dr.C.J.John inaugurated the programme. The programme attracted a lot of media attention and was report with its deserving intensity in all leading news papers in Kerala.

T.Padmakumar,
Director,
Maithri,
Kochi, Kerala, India
(www.maithrikochi.org)


Kolkata, West Bengal


Steps- The way to Eutopia Society celebrated World Suicide Prevention Day 10th of September, 2012. The Venue of our project was at Kolkata, India. The work schedule of our project is as follows:


Kota, Rajasthan


World Suicide Prevention day, 2012. A seminar organized at Shreeji marriage hall, jawahar nagar, Kota, Rajasthan, India at 4pm to 7pm by Agrawal Neuro Psychiatry Centre and Hope Society, Kota. World Suicide prevention day 2012 theme and banners were displayed in the hall. The program was attended by more than 250 office bearers and representatives of various NGOs, Members of the Hope Society,doctors and staff of the hope society and last but not the least, the representatives of print media.

1. Chief guest was Mr Om Birla, Member of legislative assembly, Kota South 2. Presided by Dr A R Gupta, The medical superintendent of MBS hospital and Govt. Medical College, Kota 3. Guest of Honor Mr Govind Maheshwari, Director Allen Coaching Institute 4. Dr M L Agrawal, The President Hope Society, welcomed the guests and spoke about the prevalence, reasons and prevention of suicide with special reference to Indian statistics. He also presented data of Hope Helpline that has helped more than 3578 persons in last 2 years during crisis by telephonic and personal counseling free of cost. Chief guest Mr Om Birla spoke about role of spiritualism in prevention of suicide. The Presiding officer Dr A R Gupta also spoke about the importance of last moment help during crisis and suicidal attempt. The couselors and donors of the Hope Society were honored and presented Memento. Vote of thanks was delivered by Dr B S Shekhawat, Secretary, Hope Helpline. Dr Aruna Agrawal, The Director, Agrawal Neuro Psychiatry Centre also thanks the audience and sung the Indian National Anthem. Delicious snack was served in the end. Broad coverage of the event was given by electronic and print media in the next day's newspapers.

Dr M L Agrawal
Director, Agrawal Neuro Psychiatry Centre President, Hope Society Kota, Rajasthan, India mobile no. - +919829035071


Kukatpally Area - Hyderabad, Andhra Pradesh


Makro Foundation (MaFo) is promoting the worldwide commitment and action to prevent suicide by organizing a weeklong awareness program from "1st September 2012 - 10th September 2012" to mark the World Suicide Prevention Day on 10 September 2012.

It is important to shatter the stigma on mental illness and make sure everybody knows it's OK to talk about it, to get help, and to embrace life.

The event is planned in two phases

Outcome: The series of events is organized is to raise awareness through Collaboration and partnerships between communities, practitioners, research and industry about suicide being a major preventable cause of premature death.1600 students and 1500 public.

Date: 5/9/2012 Time: 10:00 am - 2:00 pm
Program: Students of Telugu Medium Institutions
Outcome: 400 Students and Teachers would be made aware about suicide prevention.

Makro Foundation WSPD Website


Manipal, Udupi City, Karnataka


MANIPAL COLLEGE OF NURSING MANIPAL, MU
DEPARTMENT OF PSYCHIATRIC / MENTAL HEALTH NURSING

REPORT OF WORLD SUICIDE PREVENTION DAY 2012

The World Suicide Prevention Day 2012 was observed at Govt. College, Hiriadka, on 10.09.2012 between 2.45 – 4 pm. The programme was organized by the faculty, Department of Psychiatric Nursing, Manipal college of Nursing Manipal along with the Second year Post Basic B.Sc Nursing students. It was attended by 200 students and teachers of the college. Ms. Preethy Kini, II year PBBSc (N) student, MCON Manipal welcomed the gathering. The theme of the day ‘Suicide prevention across the Globe: Strengthening protective factors and instilling hope” was introduced by Mrs. Blessy Prabha Valsaraj, Associate Professor, Dept. of Psychiatric Nursing. Session on prevention of suicide was taken Mrs. Savitha, Assistant Professor, Dept. of Psychiatric Nursing. There was a role play on the theme by the II year PBBSc (N) students which was well appreciated by all. Mr. L G Ratimani, Principal, Govt. College, Hiriadka, expressed gratitude and appreciated the programme.
Mrs. Imunticha Tashara, II year PBBSc (N) student expressed words of gratitude.

World Suicide Prevention Day Manipal College of Nursing


Nampally - Hyderabad, Andhra Pradesh


Makro Foundation (MaFo) is promoting the worldwide commitment and action to prevent suicide by organizing a weeklong awareness program from "1st September 2012 - 10th September 2012" to mark the World Suicide Prevention Day on 10 September 2012.

It is important to shatter the stigma on mental illness and make sure everybody knows it's OK to talk about it, to get help, and to embrace life.

The event is planned in two phases

Outcome: The series of events is organized is to raise awareness through Collaboration and partnerships between communities, practitioners, research and industry about suicide being a major preventable cause of premature death.1600 students and 1500 public.

Date:8/9/2012 Time: 11:00 am-1:00 pm
Program: Outreach in Public Place-Distribution of Flyers, Posters on Suicide Prevention
Outcome: 1000 - people in Public Areas - Nampally railway station.

Makro Foundation WSPD Website


Noida, Uttar Pradesh


AMITY UNIVERSITY UTTAR PRADESH, NOIDA, INDIA Amity Institute of Psychology and Allied Sciences Amity Institute of Behavioural (Health) & Allied Sciences Amity Students Perspective on World Suicide Prevention Day, 2012.

World Suicide Prevention Day was observed at AIPS and AIBHAS on 10 September, 2012 to sensitize & promote positive thinking amongst Amity Students to mark the day. World Suicide Prevention Day is an awareness day observed on 10 September every year, in order to provide worldwide commitment and action to prevent suicides, with various activities around the world. The international theme for World Suicide Prevention Day for year 2012 is “Suicide Prevention across the Globe: Strengthening Protective Factors and Instilling Hope”. On average, almost 3000 people commit suicide daily i.e a death every 40 seconds. According to WHO there are twenty people who have a failed suicide attempt for every one that is successful, at a rate approximately one every three seconds. More people die from suicide than from murder and war; it is the 13th leading cause of death worldwide. According to an article in the premier medical journal Lancet, Suicide death rates in India are among the highest in the world. A large proportion of adult suicide deaths occur between the ages of 15 years and 29 years, especially in women. The study says, suicide claims twice as many lives in India as HIV-AIDS and almost as many as maternal deaths in young women. Studies have shown that the most common contributors to suicide are a combination of social problems, such as interpersonal and family problems and financial difficulties, and pre-existing mental illness.

AIPS and AIBHAS students reflected on the status of Suicide rates in our country and discussed about the strategies for Suicide Prevention in their Psychology classes along with Slogans for Suicide prevention at BS classes held in Amity Higher Institutions (ASET, AISS, AIIT, AIB, ACCF, ASE & AIPS) on the day.

Students (UG & PG) of AIPS and AIBHAS suggested the following strategies for Preventing Suicides:

 Always be positive: Having Faith and Trust in oneself- “Value Self and others”
 A Helpline as an emergency support system for prevention of depression and suicide.
 Encouraging individuals to seek help
 Staying calm in stressful situations
 Encouraging Positive Environment and Optimism
 Developing a Safety Plan like identifying triggers which may lead to crisis, also identifying one’s support system
 Ensuring that Psychologists are within reach of individuals as and when required
 Positive Self Talk and Self Concept activities should be encouraged
 Ensuring Effective Interpersonal Communication
 Talking to any individual who might have suicidal ideations.
 Counseling the person by making him/her understand that “No trouble is bigger than life”. “If some problem is there in life, how it can be bigger than him/her”.
 Parents and Family members being a part of the whole process in ensuring Positive Family Mental Health.
 Healthy expression of emotions (venting out)
 Spreading awareness about the impact of suicide on other individuals and on the society through Social networking sites and through newspapers.
 Gain psychological strengths through self and others from good and bad phases of life
 Involving individuals in Stress management and Coping mechanisms along with anger management training.
 Practicing yoga and Meditation
 Some of the things that can be taken at the Individual level in order to curb Suicidal thoughts:
o Sleep Adequately
o Self Disclosure eg Diary entry
o Meditation or Yoga
o Sharing problems with people around
o Developing a sense of self awareness
o Spiritual connect
o Believing in oneself
 Meditation as a way to calm the body and mind.
 Regular Exercise, Healthy diet, and proper sleep is necessary to avoid stress and anxiety problem.
 Indulging oneself in any creative activity.
 No Discrimination & No Comparison but Equality & Inspiration will lead to Healthy Positive Development of mind

Along wise awareness about the same was also created in Behavioural Sciences classes of ASET, AISS, AIIT, AIB, ACCF, ASE & AIPS. Students chalked out slogans for Suicide Prevention some of them are as follows :

 Life is a Test Match, Don’t finish it as T-20
 A Picture Without Color, is also called Black & White, so Stay Alive
 Your Smile look adorable on You, You should wear it more often.
 Life can lose its essence, but never lose its effervescence.”
 To worry is like rocking in a rocking chair. It gives you something to do, but gets you no where
 Life is about laughing and living in Good and Bad Times. Getting through whatever comes our way and looking back and smiling.
 Suicide is Murder
 Enjoy the Life ride, never think of Suicide
 There is more to Life than You can Imagine.
 Stress and depression are lies, not acceptable reasons to die, Life is a journey to fight, so from these lies, don’t fright
 “Life is precious so are you”. Give life a chance”
 “Ever tried Ever failed. No matter Try again. Fail again. Fail better, but never fail to try again
 STAY ALIVE, WE ARE BLESSED BY LIFE”-
 We must accept Finite disappointment, but we must never lose Infinite Hope
 The greatest glory in living life is never falling, but in rising every time we fall
 “Suicide is that tide, coming against the ride of life.”
 “Sailing with the flow can bring us the life” Therefore Let the Stressors not push our wounds underwater
 Life Stands for Living it….. Not Leaving it.”
 Don’t Find a Way to End Your Life. Find a Way to End Your Problem
 Your life gives meaning to our life and collectively we make this society so my friend when you take your life, it’s a part of us that is killed.
 No Problem comes without a solution, it’s just you need to find a right way out of your problem.
 Life is a Wonderful Gift, so please don’t jump from the Cliff.
 Failure instead of being taken to the heart should rather work as a stimulus to work better and better. As failure is not our failure, it is the failure of our programming, our ways which can always be changed.
 Life can be restored with new hopes and inspirations as the problems are never permanent.
 When life gives you something that makes you feel afraid, that’s when life gives you a chance to be brave.
 We just have one life, live it.
 Life is a gift of God, don’t loose it.
 Life does give you a single chance to live it. Once lost, a single amount of happiness is hard to get back. So live life king size.
 World is full of happiness and sorrows; if you are in sorrow don’t mourn and cry just take it a challenge and be victorious.
 Hear their silent cry & lend a helping hand to them. You can save them.
 Every cloud has a silver lining. Therefore believe in happier tomorrow.
Amity University, Noida students through above activities sensitized their own selves and their peers and further took this learning along with them to disseminate to the society for Prevention of suicide and also to reduce the stigma associated with Help-Seeking – this way we all may save a life because “Life is Precious”.


Prof (Dr) Abha Singh
Director, AIPS & Acting Head, AIBHAS
Professor-Psychology and Behavioural Sciences Amity University, Uttar Pradesh India

Email : asingh@amity.edu


Patancheru.Medak, Andhra Pradesh


Makro Foundation (MaFo) is promoting the worldwide commitment and action to prevent suicide by organizing a weeklong awareness program from "1st September 2012 - 10th September 2012" to mark the World Suicide Prevention Day on 10 September 2012.

It is important to shatter the stigma on mental illness and make sure everybody knows it's OK to talk about it, to get help, and to embrace life.

The event is planned in two phases

Outcome: The series of events is organized is to raise awareness through Collaboration and partnerships between communities, practitioners, research and industry about suicide being a major preventable cause of premature death.1600 students and 1500 public.

Date: 6/9/2012 Time:11:30 am-12:30 pm
Program: Awareness on Suicide and its Prevention to Govt Degree and Junior College by Dr. Venkata Subbaiah - Clinical Psychologist
Outcome: 150 Students.

Makro Foundation WSPD Website


Pune, Maharashtra


Pune NGO to bat for people's lives on Sept 10

Every 16 minutes, someone in the world commits suicide. Suicide is not chosen, it happens when pain exceeds our resources for coping with it and on the occasion of World Suicide Prevention Day on September 10, Pune-based 'Connecting India' will conduct an awareness campaign.

'Connecting India' runs a helpline for those in emotional stress. The helpline numbers are 9922001122 and 1800-209-4353 gets at least 15-20 calls every day, says Viren Rajput, one of the volunteers. An awareness campaign will now be undertaken on September 9 and 10.

Set up in July 2005 by a group of socially sensitive citizens, led by Arnavaz Damania, came together to work for this cause, the organisation conducted capacity building programmes and workshops. There is a need to reduce the social stigma attached to mental illness and free interaction between children and their parents is encouraged.

Other programmes include peer educator programme in schools and colleges, awareness programmes and support for survivors of suicide loss. Capacity Building Programme in Community Development with other NGO’s. On September 9 and 10, several colleges and NGOs will send volunteers for three hours for a mock demonstration.

Brochures will be given and we hope to reach out to 2,000 citizens during the two-day awareness campaign, says Rajput. The event will be held at Mazda Hall, inside Dastur School premises.

Source

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Symbiosis College of Nursing, Pune, Maharastra, India, observed world suicide prevention day on 10th sep 2012.

Students of 3rd year B.Sc. Nursing, students of post basic 2nd year, M.Sc. Nursing 1st year and M.Sc. Nursing 2nd year students and three teachers from psychiatric nursing dept activily participated.

Following activities carried to mark the day:

Thank you.

Regards

Sheela Upendra
Asso.Professor
Dept. of psychaitric nursing
Symbiosis college of nursing


Secunderabad - Hyderabad, Andhra Pradesh


Makro Foundation (MaFo) is promoting the worldwide commitment and action to prevent suicide by organizing a weeklong awareness program from "1st September 2012 - 10th September 2012" to mark the World Suicide Prevention Day on 10 September 2012.

It is important to shatter the stigma on mental illness and make sure everybody knows it's OK to talk about it, to get help, and to embrace life.

The event is planned in two phases

Outcome: The series of events is organized is to raise awareness through Collaboration and partnerships between communities, practitioners, research and industry about suicide being a major preventable cause of premature death.1600 students and 1500 public.

Date: 8/9/2012 Time: 11:00 am-1:00 pm
Program: Outreach in Public Place-Distribution of Flyers, Posters on Suicide Prevention
Outcome: 1000 - people in Public Areas - Secunderabad railway station.

Makro Foundation WSPD Website


Srinagar, Jamma & Kashmir


The Inner Call
India
is organizing week long programs to observe the international day for suicide prevention. The week will commence on 6th September and will have its closing on 10th September. During this tenure various activities such as painting competition, debates, signature campaigns, educational skits and counselling sessions will be organised mainly at Jammu, Srinagar and Bangalore. The activities will mainly focus on educating the common masses about the preventive measures that can be taken to prevent suicide or suicidal tendencies.


Surat, Gujarat


Ms. Rekha N. Mistry, Assistant prof., Master of Social Work Program, Sociology Dept., VNSG university, Surat, Gujarat, India.

(A) I have written an article which will be published mostly on 10th sept. in Gujarati language in local Newspaper using theme of 2012 - heading of the article is "CAN WE PREVENT SUICIDE?" included details of Risk factors and related preventive measures taken at family level and community level. ( approximate A4- size six pages)

(b)Have prepared PPt for educating MSW students to develop awareness about behavioral symptoms and strategies for intervention at individual level.

(c) A small skit has been developed and directed referring local and cultural contextual reasons for suicide and some steps to overcome- which will be presented in month of December at community gathering


Thiruvananthapuram, Kerala


COMMUNITY MENTAL HEALTH VOLUNTEERS IN ACTION TO PREVENT SUICIDE World suicide prevention day observation and follow ups

posted by
Nazeer.E. Social Scientist
Govt. Medical college. Thiruvananthapuram.

The day 2012 September 13th, I am invited to a programme at S.N College Chempazhanthi, a reputed teaching Institution of the State of Kerala in India. the programme was arranged in connection with World suicide prevention day which started on 10th September 2012. And it was the culmination of the days longed programme. The entire programme was supported by the Psychiatry Department of Government Medical college, Thiruvananthapuram, at which I am working as the Social Scientist. The organizers were the Community mental health trainee volunteers of the SN College.

The CMHV programme is a Psycho social Community programme designed by my Department, in order to develop a team of mental helath volunteers who can act among the people in promotion of mental helath, prevention of mental illnesses and facilitate the people for treatment seeking behaviour to Mental health problems. they are aware of the signs and symptoms of the different mental illnesses, its management and available services.

The 25 members team is now under the training for CMHV with the technical support of Department of psychiatry Medical college, Thiruvananthapuram. The collaborative agency is Department of Psychology, SN College and the implementing agency is the National Service scheme of the college. The programme is administrated by Dr. Anil prabhakaran. head of the Department of Psychiatry, Medical college, Thiruvananthapuram and Dr. Suresh Kumar Pricipal of the SN Collge. The programme officers are Dr. Vidhu Kumar Psychiatrist, Dr Nishma.J head of the department of Psychology SN college. The model is developed by me for the Department of psychiatry. The Implementaion officer is Vinneetha. Programme officer of National service scheme, SN College.

The CMH Volunteers organized Suicide prevention programmes at their college, so as to sensitize the huge threat with suicide as the prevalence in the state is 25.6 (per 1 Lakh population)and the state holding 5th position in the nation rating. It is a threat to the famous Kerala model health system. The Health Indicators of Kerala ids equivalent to the developed countries in Infant Mortality rate, Maternal Mortality Rate, Immunization status, Birth control, control of Communicable diseaes etc:- but the high prevalence of mental health problems, stress anfd life style diseases suicide among under 14yrs(65 children committed suicide in 2011) hence the social intervention CMHV is highly significant.

In the introductory session a girl astonished that the college starting the mental health progarmmes with suicide. is it good. In my key address i tried to counteract such stigma towards the problem Suicide. And emphasized on that we are not starting with suicide but suicide prevention- we are joining hands in hands with the global community to fight against suicide. the global count is 1 million deaths by suicide per year. and about 20 million people are attempting suicide. lesat concern of the society towards mental illnesses, neglecting depression as avibrant cause for suicide, un treatment and under treatment of psychiatric problems, the gap between psychiatic clinics and community, ignoring warning signs of suicide all are factors of high rate of suicide in the state.

Suicide prevention day started with a poster exhibition using the tool kit of IASP and the material developed by the KRISIS team of our department and the works of the Students of the SN collge. the exhibition is inaugurated by dr. Suresh Kumar. Principal. The key note address is given by me and I am presented a Paper on 'SUICIDE AND SUICIDE PREVENTION'

The whole team worked with the spirit of unity and assimilated the essence of the theme- Preventing suicide by Strenghtening protective factors and instilling hope. The candle light ceremony is conducted at different parts of the District in the leadership of CMH volunteers.


Trivandrum, Kerala


Thank you very much.
We are organizing a day of awareness academic session at medical college trivandrum, which will be attended by physicians from other departments of medical college, principal and ex-health secretary of government of kerala. Also there will be a talk on radio about the same. Additional programmes are being planned. Thank for your brochures and materials.
krishnan

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Department of Psychiatry, Government Medical College, Trivandrum, South India has planned the following activities in relation to the World Suicide Prevention Day 2012.

  1. Poster Exhibition highlighting the theme will be arranged in the main outpatient block - to increase public awareness
  2. Awareness programme for Medical and Nursing students will be arranged as a CME programme in the Deaddiction Centre.(brochure attached)
  3. The Inaugural function will include lighting of candles by the entire audience who will take an oath to light candles at 8 pm near a window to show support for suicide prevention, to remember a lost loved one and for the survivors of suicide
  4. Half an hour Interview highlighting the significance of Suicide prevention will be held on a Malayalam (regional language) Television Channel.
  5. Press releases for regional Newspapers.
  6. We have downloaded the Toolkit that contains WSPD resources and shared it among the students and faculty of the Department

For any queries and comments, please contact Dr.Anju Mathew Assistant Professor (Suicide Prevention Clinic - In charge) Department of Psychiatry, Medical College, Trivandrum, Kerala, South India
Phone: 09947678400
e mail: anjumathew2222@gmail.com

Download the World Suicide Prevention Day Brochure


Vellore, Tamilnadu


Mrs.sasikala Asst.prof. of zoology & NSS prog. officer, DKM college for women,vellore, tamilnadu,india conducted a human rally, various competitions like essay writing, oratorical, slogan formation, drama, streetplays, drawing and painting, debate, signature campign, lightiing candle, etc.,and a lecture by psychiatrist to create awarness among young girls and public of vellore city.


Vikarabad Mandal, Andhra Pradesh


Makro Foundation (MaFo) is promoting the worldwide commitment and action to prevent suicide by organizing a weeklong awareness program from "1st September 2012 - 10th September 2012" to mark the World Suicide Prevention Day on 10 September 2012.

It is important to shatter the stigma on mental illness and make sure everybody knows it's OK to talk about it, to get help, and to embrace life.

The event is planned in two phases

Outcome: The series of events is organized is to raise awareness through Collaboration and partnerships between communities, practitioners, research and industry about suicide being a major preventable cause of premature death.1600 students and 1500 public.

Date: 1/09/2012
Program: Orientation to students of Vikarabad Mandal
Outcome: 500 students.

Makro Foundation WSPD Website

Warangal, Andhra Pradesh,

In view of the World Suicide Prevention Day, I along with my friends (Dr.M.Yadagiracharyulu, Dr.G.Indira, Ponna Sneha, Ponna Sai Nihal, Dr.K.Prameela) proposed to conduct essay writing competition to students of class X, XII, UG (both male and female)from different institutions of Warangal(Urban)city, Andhra Pradesh, of India on Sept.7th 2012. The topic is CAUSES OF SUICIDES, PREVENTIVE MEASURES. Further it is decided to conduct a meeting on 10th of Sept. by inviting a personality who has done work on these social issues for addressing the gathering. The best competetor will be given prises in both telugu and english media.

We also decided to request all the faculty members(100)and students(1400)to light a candle at 8pm infront of the window.

Dr Ponna Srinivas,
Associate Professor in Zoology,
Pingle Govt. College (UG & PG) for Women, Waddepally, Warangal, Andhra Pradesh, India-506 370

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Name: Dr. Ponna Srinivas, Associate professor in Zoology, and Dr. M. Yadagiracharyulu, Associate professor in Economics collectively conducted the following activities in Pingle Govt. College UG & PG) for Women, Waddepally, Warangal, Andhra pradesh, India.

  1. Awareness to students on the impact of suicide on family and society
  2. Essay Writing competetions to students of 10, +2, Undergraduates on 6th of Sept. 2012. 50 Students from 20 institutions participated in this competetion. Prizes will be given on 10-9-2012. Sent names for certificates.
  3. Proposed to organize a meeting in the college involving all the students by inviting a doctor, pychologist to our college to address the gathering. It is proposed on 10-9-2012.

Indonesia


2012 World Suicide Prevention Day banner in Indonesian


Bahasa


I lighted candles with a group of psychological students in my university as a symbol of hope for the survivors of suicide and also for the memory of loved lost ones. I also promoted the awareness of WSPD 2012 by tweeting in twitter, explained about how suicide could happened in psychological perspectives. It is in Bahasa Indonesia so that people in my country could understand it easier. You could check it out on #WSPD #suicide #bunuhdiri tweeted by @Psycholar_UBM

Educational Section of Bunda Mulia University's Psychology Student Assemblage.


Iran


Tehran


To honor World Suicide Prevention Day (10 SEP), an one-day seminar will be held in 19 SEP 2012 in Iran by Iranian Society for Suicide Prevention (ISSSP) and Islamshahr Health Network in Tehran University of Medical Sciences. The seminar will be held in Tehran, the capital city.

The lecturers will talk about the importance of the issue in the country and the WHO/REGION, the epidemiology, definitions, prevention strategies, the role of different organizations in suicide prevention and management, introducing the ISSSP, which has been newly founded.

During the last 5 years, two national seminars have been held on suicide behaviors and prevention strategies and this seminar will be in memory of WSPD.


Ireland


SOSAD SUICIDE AWARENESS CAMPAIGN for World suicide Prevention Week In Counties Louth, Meath and Cavan in Ireland. Suicide Prevention road sign and poster campaign in all towns and villages throughout the Northeast of Ireland. Lunch time suicide awareness visits to local secondary schools.

Sunday 9th Sept 11 am
Mass for all victims of suicide. St Mary's Church, Navan followed by refreshments in the parish Hall. Organised in conjunction with Living Links Navan.
All victims of suicide remembered at all Masses in the Augustinian Church Drogheda this Sunday.

Monday 10th Sept

Tue 11th Sept
Information stands in the Town Sq, Dundalk, AIB Drogheda and DYD Drogheda

Wednesday 12th Sept
Information stands in the Town Sq, Dundalk, AIB Drogheda and DYD Drogheda

Thursday 13th Sept
Information stands in the Town Sq, Dundalk, AIB Drogheda and DYD Drogheda

Friday 14th Sept
Information stands in the Town Sq, Dundalk, AIB Drogheda and DYD Drogheda

Saturday 15th Sept
Open air concert in Town Sq. Dundalk from 1pm to 6pm with live bands

Healing Mass for anyone affected by depression or suicide. Holy Family Church, Drogheda at 7.30 pm.

Launch of Adrian Clarke's "A Little Bit Country" in aid of SOSAD and Gary Kelly Centre in The Pheasant 9pm.

Also have all the local newspapers doing major articles on suicide and suicide prevention for World Suicide Prevention Week and interviews on lopcal radio stations


Dublin


The Console World Suicide Prevention Day Conference 2012

Friday 7th September 2012
Croke Park Conference Centre
Dublin, Ireland

Conference Speakers - Morning
Mary Kennedy - RTE Broadcaster - Master of Ceremonies

Paul Kelly - CEO & Founder, Console - Celebrating 10 Years of Making a Difference; Welcome Minister Kathleen - Lynch TO - Minister of State, Dept of Health & Dept of Justice, Equality & Defence with Responsibility for Disability, Older People, Equality & Mental Health - Opening Address

Susan Beaton - National Suicide Prevention Coordinator, Lifeline, Australia - Lifeline connects people with care by providing crisis support and suicide prevention services

Jill Fisher - National Coordinator, StandBy Response Service, Australia - The StandBy Response Service is a 24 hour community-based active suicide postvention programme

Dr Harry Barry - Family GP & Author, Director of Aware - The Suicide Cocoon; A Cognitive Behavioural Therapy Perspective

Conference Speakers - Afternoon

Councillor Peter Roche - Console Ambassador, Deputy Mayor of Galway County Council - Suicide; The Human Experience

Dr Jerry Reid - Director, Suicide Prevention Resource Centre, Washington DC, USA - From Pain to Promise: The Role of the Survivor Community in Advancing Suicide Prevention Efforts in the United States

Ray O'Arcy - Broadcaster - Forum discussion with Susan Beaton Jill Fischer, Dr Jerry Reid & Dr Harry Barry.

Christy Kenneally- Author & Broadcaster - Seize the Day; Hope for a Future
Conference Registration
9:00am-9:30am
Light Lunch
1 :00pm-2:00pm
Conference Close

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Working Together to Prevention Suicide in Ireland

NOSP2012 Forum

Royal Hospital, Kilmainham, Dublin 8

World Suicide Prevention Day, Monday 10th September

9:30 am REGISTRATION
10:00 am Introduction & Opening Remarks
Mr. Martin Rogan, HSE, Assistant National Director for Mental Health

Opening Address
Ms. Kathleen Lynch T. D. Minister for Mental Health

Keynote Address: Suicide Prevention - What works?
Prof. Steve Platt, Professor of Health Policy Research, Centre for Population Health Sciences, University of Edinburgh

Suicide and Self Harm in Ireland: Trends, risk factors, early intervention and prevention
Dr. Ella Arensman, Director, National Suicide Research Foundation

Training for emergency healthcare staff in the Cork & Kerry region in the assessment and management of suicidal behaviour: Preliminary outcomes.
Dr. Eugene Cassidy, Consultant Liaison Psychiatrist, HSE South

Educating General Practitioners and primary care staff to respond to suicidal behaviour.
Prof. Bill Shannon, President of Irish College of General Practitioners

Endeavour Programme, - Development and Evaluation of programmes for those affected by chronic self harm. Mr. Daniel Flynn, Principal Psychology Manger, HSE Cork Couth Mental Health Service, Dr. Mary Kells, HSE Cork North Mental Health Service

13:00 pm LUNCH

13:40 pm The Mojo Project, Men at Risk to Suicide: An interagency response to men affected by the recession and/or unemployment. Mr. Derek McDonnell, Project Coordinator, Mojo Project

Samaritans CONNECT Project: Promoting partnership working between organisations to enable a more cohesive response to people in distress.

Ms. Anne Corcoran, Operations and Relationship Manager

14:20 pm ROUNDTABLE DISCUSSION
Theme: How do we create connections and coordinate responses among agencies working in suicide prevention in Ireland?
Facilitator: Ms. Susan Kenny, NOSP
Rapporteur: Mr. Derek Chambers, Inspire Ireland

15:45 pm Closing remarks
Mr. Martin Rogan, HSE, Assistant National Director for Mental Health

16:00 pm CLOSE

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The Irish Countrywomen's Association is combining a new fundraising drive with raising mental health awareness. It's joined forces with the Suicide or Survive group to launch a campaign called 'High Tea and Talk'. It's going to run from September seventh to tenth, to mark World Suicide Prevention Day.

Irish Countrywoman's Association - World Suicide Prevention Day 2012

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News Talk 106-108

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Kilkenny


Ossory Youth Kilkenny Peer Education Guerrillas Kilkenny, Ireland Sat 8th Sep Sat am- Placing art pieces around the city to raise awareness of WSPD Sat pm -Info stall HQ at Town Hall, outdoor living room space and live, acoustic music, circulating support agency info throughout city centre, 5.30pm Memorial walk from Town Hall to the Parade with guest speakers on the Parade WSPD message light projected on to Kilkenny Castle for the week Youth activities being filmed by Young Irish Film Makers - footage screened at Lifeline Suicide Prevention Seminar Fri 14th Sep Butler House.


Lifeline Annual Seminar to mark World Suicide Prevention Day 2012 Butler House, KIlkenny Ireland Friday September 14th 2012

Theme: Preventing Suicide in Ireland- A Whole Community Response

This event will be preceeded by an event in Kilkenny City organised by Kilkenny Youth Organisations on September 8th. This event will take place in public spaces around the city to highlight the high incidence of youth suicide in Ireland. The street art event (see above) will be recorded by Young Irish Filmmakers (YIFM), an innovative Kilkenny based Youth Film organisation.

A five minute edited feature will be broadcast at the Lifeline Seminar on September 14th.


Waterford


As part of the Waterford City Council's response to suicide prevention the Mayor of Waterford City shall launch World Suicide Prevention Day 2012 in the Mayoral Office at 10am on the 10 September. The local launch is now an annual event and shall signal the beginning of a series of events across the City aimed at raising awareness of the issue of suicide and how we as a society can all contribute to the prevention of suicide. Events shall take place within the second level schools across the city alongside awareness events within the community development projects across the seven neighbourhoods in the city. The Donal O'Connor memorial cycle taking place on the preceeding Saturday is also supported by this initiative.

Sean McCarthy
Regional Suicide Resource Officer
Waterford,
Ireland

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As part of World Suicide Prevention Day, Waterford will play host to the first Donal O'Connor Memorial Cycle on 8th Sept. This family-friendly event was launched at City Square on 21st July. The launch will included face painting, information on the event and a visit by the cycle's ambassador Philip Lavery, as well as the Mayor of Waterford City Jim D'arcy, at 1.30 pm to officially launch the cycle.

As part of the Action plan a core day of importance is World Suicide Prevention day which is held annually on September 10th. The purpose of this day is to raise awareness around the globe that suicide can be prevented. The WHO estimates that about one million people around the world die by suicide every year. The Waterford event will be one of many events being held worldwide to publicise World Suicide Prevention Day which is held every year on Sept 10th.

As part of this year's activities a cycle race, the Donal O'Connor Memorial Cycle, is being organised on September 8th from Kingfisher sports complex to Tramore GAA grounds. The cycle is being organized by a voluntary committee including Donal, who died by suicide in 2011, wife. This family-friendly cycle is open to people of all ages and abilities. The cycle will be a positive memorial to all those lost to suicide and will act as a symbol of hope that suicide can be prevented. All funds raised on the day will go to Waterford Marine Search and Rescue to buy life jackets. Waterford Marine Search and Rescue is a voluntary group who patrol the waterways of Waterford city, saving lives and preventing suicides.

Source: Waterford Today


Israel

2012 World Suicide Prevention Day banner in Hebrew


world suicide prevention day activities in Israel

B'shvil Ha'hayim

Facebook Page


Tel Aviv


3-6 September, 2012
14th European Symposium of Suicide and Suicide Behavior
Integration of different perspectives
Tel Aviv, Israel

14th European Symposium of Suicide and Suicide behavior, Tel Aviv, Israel

ESSSB 2012 is a tailored congress that takes an integrated approach to suicide prevention. Professionals in the field will enjoy a high-level scientific program covering the latest perspectives and developments in different components of suicidology.

This unique suicide prevention conference promises to be a dynamic and educational event in the equally exciting surrounds of Tel Aviv-Yafo with its distinctive cosmopolitan and energetic atmosphere.


Italy

2012 World Suicide Prevention Day banner in Italian


Parma


UNO SQUARCIO NEL BUIO - A PARMA, IL 10 SETTEMBRE 2012 EVENTO DI SOLIDARIETÀ NELLA GIORNATA MONDIALE DI PREVENZIONE DEL SUICIDIO

La continua evoluzione dell'essere umano è costituita da differenti passaggi, contrassegnati da cambiamenti. Ogni mutamento implica la privazione o la perdita di uno stato precedente e costituisce la prima esperienza di lutto, il primo approccio con la morte.

Si può morire in differenti modi. Ogni morte ha un suo lutto, i suoi perché, con differenti ripercussioni su chi resta. La "morte volontaria" tuttavia è quella che provoca un dolore e una condizione di sofferenza emotiva particolarmente difficile da affrontare, elaborare e superare. La scelta di non vivere costituisce, inoltre, un argomento "sgradevole" da trattare, almeno sul piano dell'alta divulgazione. Accanto alla letteratura scientifica e specialistica, infatti, difficilmente si trova il tema affrontato secondo prospettive di "immediato approccio" per il grande pubblico.

Per contrastare tali difficoltà e il silenzio che la cultura del nostro tempo ha portato intorno al tema - per la prima volta - Parma, in occasione della Giornata mondiale per la prevenzione del suicidio, offrirà un evento di solidarietà, attraverso uno spazio di riflessione, per accogliere un momento culturale di condivisione, perché nonostante la gravità e la complessità del problema, la prevenzione non può essere vista come responsabilità degli esperti, ma riguarda ciascuno.

L'iniziativa - curata da Maria Angela Cavalli e Maria Angela Gelati - in collaborazione con Istituzione Biblioteche del Comune di Parma, si svolgerà Lunedì 10 Settembre 2012, presso l'Oratorio Novo della Biblioteca Civica, Vicolo Santa Maria 5, dalle ore 18.00 alle ore 20.00 (ingresso gratuito).

"Si tratta di una sorta di piccolo viaggio dentro al buio" - dicono le curatrici - "tra pagine, canzoni, immagini e riflessioni, per un dialogo possibile".

Il programma prevede la partecipazione di Nicola Ferrari (psicopedagogista e formatore) e Chiara Ometto (psicologa e psicoterapeuta), letture da parte di attrici dell'Associazione ZonaFranca, video e interventi grafici a cura di Stefano Grilli, immagini fotografiche di Marco Circhirillo.


Rome


World Suicide Prevention Day 2012 is celebrated in Rome at Sant'Andrea Hospital as part of the activities of the Suicide Prevention Center directed by Maurizio Pompili, M.D., Ph.D.

There is going to be a two-day conference of experts in the fields. A major guest will be Prof. Diego De Leo from Griffith University, Australia. Major organizations devoted to providing help in the community will be part of the event, including helplines, religious charities, as well as those grouping family members of psychiatric patients. Politicians will be also part of the event thanks to the increasing interest in developing a National Suicide Prevention Strategy especially among youth.

Later on, WSPD is also held in conjunction with the third edition of the Race for Life an event to support suicide prevention and deliver a sound information on the topic among community members www.raceforlife.it Journalists of any kind have already expressed major interest in the event with live coverage, interview and editorials.

A major contribution to the celebration of WSPD 2012 comes from the opportunity to broadcast ads in the underground and public Roman transports. Community members will watch a short cartoon reporting a character from the comics experiencing suicide risk and then receiving help and choice to live.

A Facebook page is also provided: Giornata Mondiale per la Prevenzione del Suicidio As well as a website www.giornataprevenzionesuicidio.it

Candles will be distribute to allow people both expert in the field and from the community to - Light a Candle at 8 PM.

All activities taking place in Rome are under the sole direction of Maurizio Pompili, M.D., Ph.D. - IASP National Representative for Italy, e-mail: maurizio.pompili@uniroma1.it All interested in collaborating are most welcomed and are encouraged to contact the Italian IASP Nat. Repr. for proper involvement in the activities.


Jamaica


I am Patricka Wiggan Chambers. I live in Jamaica and work with the Jamaica Customs Department.

At Jamaica Customs Department we will be sending the World Suicide Prevention Day Brochure on our allusers email to all our approximately 1200 staff across the island of Jamaica.


Japan


2012 World Suicide Prevention Day banner in Japanese


Akita


自殺率全国一の裏にあるもの

10日朝、秋田市のJR秋田駅東西連絡通路「ぽぽろーど」で、「世界保健機関(WHO)世界自殺予防デー」に合わせた平成24年度秋田県自殺予防対策キャンペーンが実施された。佐竹敬久知事らも民間団体の人たちに交じって、自殺予防の啓発パンフレットや各種相談機関の情報が掲載されたチラシなどを配布した。

 また、同日、ネットで全国5カ所をネットで結び開かれた「自殺総合対策全国フォーラム2012」で、東北では秋田駅東の秋田拠点センター「アルヴェ」が会場となり、政府が先月閣議決定した新しい「自殺総合対策大綱」のポイント解説や、地域課題や取り組みの紹介などが行われた。

 厚生労働省がまとめた23年人口動態統計の概況によると、秋田県の人口10万人当たりの自殺率は32・3で、前年より0・8ポイント下がったものの、17年連続で全国一高かった。

 だが、この自殺率にとらわれると、自殺の実態を見誤るおそれがある。自殺率はあくまで、人口との対比で示される数値。自殺者数が減らなくても人口が増えれば下がるし、いくら自殺者数が減っても人口が減少すれば低下しない。

 秋田県の23年の自殺者数は前年より12人減の346人。全国で28番目。東北に限れば、山形県に次いで2番目に少ない。

 秋田県の自殺者数は、15年の519人をピークに減少傾向にある。この8年間で173人(33%)も減少している。しかし、人口も9万人余減少している。

 この統計をみると、秋田県は、婚姻率が全国で最も低く(12年連続)、出生率も同様(17年連続)。逆に、死亡率は全国で3番目。全国を上回るペースで少子高齢化社会が進んでいる状況下で、人口増を図るのは至難の業だ。

 全国一高い自殺率の裏には、こんな事情がある。それでも、15年からの8年間で、12・3ポイントも低下している。

 自営業者が自殺に追い込まれないためのカウンセリングを主な業務としているNPO法人「蜘蛛(くも)の糸」(秋田市)の佐藤久男理事長は、「自殺率を減らそうと考えると、対策が見えなくなる」と語る。つまり、自殺率の低減を図るには、単に自殺者数を減らすということのほかに、人口減少を食い止める方策にも取り組まなければならなくなるからだ。

 人口減少対策も県政の重要課題だが、自殺防止に取り組む関係機関や民間団体がかかわる範疇(はんちゅう)の問題ではない。佐藤理事長は「私たちにできるのは、自殺者の絶対数を減らすこと」と強調する。「自殺率は他県との比較になる。他県が高ければいいのかということにもなりかねない」との声もある。

 自殺率が全国一高いことが「ワースト」と表現されることもある。それでは、自殺率が最も低いからと言って、「ベスト」と誇れるものだろうか。自殺者がゼロになって初めて、胸を張れるというものではないのか。

 佐藤理事長は「われわれは、ワーストという言葉は使わない」。県の担当者も「違和感はある。社会的問題などで追い詰められ、やむをえず亡くなられる人がいる。こういう言葉は避けてほしい」と語る。

 「ワースト」という言葉は、「最も悪い」ということを意味する。自殺は、痛ましいことではある。できるものなら、自分で自分の命を絶つようなことは避けてほしい。それでもなお、悩みに悩んだ末に下した自殺者の最後の決断を、第三者が「悪いこと」の一言で片づけることができるのだろうか。

 この点について、佐藤理事長は「人間には、死んでいく自由がある。その自由を奪ってはいけない。(作家の)三島由紀夫の人生は割腹して死んだことで定まったと思っている。そういう哲学や信念などに従って自殺する人は少ないが、存在する。食い止められない自殺はある」と述べる。



 佐藤理事長によると、蜘蛛の糸を設立した14年に自殺した自営業者は89人。自らも経営していた会社が倒産し、鬱病にもなり、「死にたい」と思うまで追い込まれた経験を持つ佐藤理事長は蜘蛛の糸を立ち上げたとき、「10年間で、自営業者の自殺数を半分にする」と心に誓った。昨年1年間に自殺した自営業者は42人だったという。

 佐藤理事長は語る。「経営者やサラリーマンの自殺数は時代の変化によって上下する。根雪のように固定化しているのが高齢者の自殺だ。減らせる自殺は分かった。一方で、減らせない自殺も分かった」

 高齢者問題は、無職で、収入が少なく、未来が短いことが重なっているから、対処がより難しい。でも、「日本や秋田のために頑張ってきたことを評価してあげる。だから、安らかに生きてと、価値観の転換を図ってあげれば…。お年寄りにも、働く場があればいいのだが」と高齢者の自殺防止の道を模索する。

 「われわれは、難破船にとっての灯台のようなもの」と佐藤理事長。「灯台から難破船は見えないが、難破船から灯台は見える。『辛いな、死にたい』と思っている人たちに、『ここまで来れば、助かるよ』と光を発し続けることだ。われわれにできることは啓発と相談に応じること」

佐藤理事長は「自殺予防に取り組む民間団体のネットワークを作ろう」との考えから、18年に蜘蛛の糸を含む9団体で「秋田・こころのネットワーク」も立ち上げた。現在、参加団体は35団体まで増えた。

 同ネットワークは年に数回、5日連続の「いのちの総合相談会」を開催している。弁護士や司法書士、産業カウンセラーら専門家が加わり、いろんな悩みを抱えていても、その場で問題が解決できるようにしている。これまでに約30回開き、面談者は約400人にも上っているという。

 自殺対策とは、県民を守るための実践活動だと、佐藤理事長は唱える。

 13年ごろから、市町村や保健所などがメンタルヘルスサポーターを養成している。21年度までで約1500人を養成し、約550人が地域で活動。周囲の人の悩みに耳を傾けたり、交流サロンを開いたり、相談活動をしているという。

 県ではそういう活動が自殺の未然防止につながっているとみて、市町村や民間団体の活動を支援している。地道な取り組みを継続することが自殺者の減少につながると考えている。

Source: Sankei


Tokyo


ORGANIZATION: Tokyo English Life Line (TELL)
ADDRESS: Wesley Center 2F, 6-10-11 Minami Aoyama, Minato-ku, Tokyo 107-0062

TEL: 03-4550-1191
Fax: 03-4550-1192
WEBSITE: www.telljp.com/
EVENT DATE: Saturday, 8 September
TIMES: 3:30 pm - 7 pm
PLACE: Wesley Center 2F, Minami Aoyama
SPONSOR: The Wesley Foudnation

CONTACT/ SIGN UP: Jason Chare at lifeline1@telljp.com
TELL will mark World Suicide Prevention Day (WSPD) on 8 September 2012 with a special premier screening of "Saving 10,000 - Winning a War on Suicide in Japan," a documentary film that looks frankly at the causes of Japan's ongoing suicide problem. The movie's creator and narrator, Dr. Rene Duignan, will be at the screening and will answer questions after the showing.

This year's event will also look at those most affected by suicide—the relatives and friends left behind. Suicide grief and loss has its own characteristics and complexities and Vickie Skorji, who developed TELL's Suicide Prevention Program, will address the issue. TELL will follow the event with two suicide prevention workshops later in the Fall, and pilot a grief and loss support group in early 2013. See the TELL website for details. http://www.telljp.com

Organized by the International Association for Suicide Prevention, in collaboration with the World Health Organization (WHO), this year marks the 10th anniversary of an event that brings together a global community working on research, prevention, education and the dissemination of information. Each organization will end its activities with a candle lighting ceremony to commemorate the lives lost.

Whether you are someone affected by suicide, want to show solidarity or want to be part of the solution, join us for this important event. For more details see http://www.telljp.com

EVENT SCHEDULE
15:30 - 16:00: Suicide - current global levels and trends in 2012 - Jason Chare
16:00 - 17:10: "Saving 10,000 - Winning a War on Suicide in Japan"
17:10 - 17:30: Q&A with the Director - Dr. Rene Duignan
17:30 - 17:45: Break
17:45 - 18:30: Suicide grief and loss - Vickie Skorji
18:30 - 19:00: Candle lighting ceremony


9/10世界自殺予防デーに合わせ「いのちのクリック」募金促進キャンペーン実施

EAP(従業員支援プログラム)事業を手掛けるピースマインド・イープ株式会社(以下、当社)は、9月10日「世界自殺予防デー」から始まる自殺予防週間に合わせ「いのちのクリック募金促進キャンペーン」を実施いたします。

9月10日は、世界保健機関(WHO)が定めた「世界自殺予防デー」です。またその日にちなみ、国の自殺総合対策大綱では、毎年9月10日からの一週間を自殺予防週間に設定しています。

この度当社は、「いのちのクリック募金促進キャンペーン」として、みんなで自殺問題に「気がついて」「深まって」「取り組んで」「支え合う」世の中へ近づけるよう、「いのちのクリック募金」の認知向上の促進に取り組みます。 具体的には、当社ホームページ、Twitter、Facebook、メールマガジン等を通じて、クリック募金への呼びかけを行ってまいります。より多くの皆様のご理解とご協力をよろしくお願いいたします。

■「いのちのクリック募金」とは
「いのちのクリック募金」は、自殺問題が深刻な社会問題であることに鑑み、自殺問題の啓発と対策に取り組む民間ボランティア団体への活動費寄付を目的とした、クリック募金運動です。募金ボタンがクリックされた回数に応じて、募金参加する組織や企業が、あなたに代わり募金を行う仕組みです。(1クリックにつき1円)
 当クリック募金の活動は、当社、毎日新聞社、文化放送社、L-net社
が合同で運営団体「ストップ!自殺会議」を発足し、2009年12月から開始しました。

■これまでの募金実績
2009年12月より計3回合計250万円が、日本いのちの電話連盟に寄付されています。
(募金報告ページ: http://www.inochinobokin.jp/ceremony.html )

参考URL:
・クリックからはじめる自殺予防支援「いのちのクリック」 http://www.inochinobokin.jp/
・「ストップ!自殺会議」運営団体概要 http://www.inochinobokin.jp/aboutus.html

【本件に関するお問い合わせ先】 企業名:ピースマインド・イープ株式会社 担当者名:ピースマインド・イープ 広報担当 TEL:03-3541-8660
Email:press@peacemind-jeap.co.jp
 HP: http://www.peacemind-jeap.co.jp/


Kazakhstan

2012 World Suicide Prevention Day banner in Kazakh


Karaganda


School Psychologists will organize a conference in each school (+ - 20) to celebrate the WSPD with speech etc. They will use slides from the tool kit and press release in case of media (they invited National media). They invited students, parents, etc. to attend the conference.


Semey


School of Pedagogy will organize a conference with students and, hopefully, media. They will use material from website.


Ust-Kamenogorsk


Добрый день!Меня зовут Светлана Иваненко.

Я директор центра поддержки семьи и детства в городе Усть-Каменогорск в Казахстане.

Пишу по рекомендации профессора Марко Саркьяпоне.Мы поддерживаем идею о проведении Дня предотвращения суицидов 10 сентября.

10 сентября мы хотим организовать много интересных событий в городе:

  1. круглый стол с участием стедентов-волонтеров, подростков и их родителей.
  2. пресс-конференцию с участием специалистов нашего центра и подростков.
  3. мы организуем марш "Я выбираю жизнь!". Этот марш пройдет в местах скопления подростков и молодежи. мы будем вручать зеленые ленты, как знак того, что мы выбираем долгую счасливую жизнь. Будем вручать визитки с телефоном доверия и электронной почтой доверия.
  4. Развесим на улицах города красивые открытки с цитатами о ценности и красоте жизни.
  5. Разместим информацию на сайте о проведении акции 10 сентября. Так о ней узнают много людей. Они смогут присоединиться к нам!
  6. И, наконец, самое главное! 10 сентября работники Центра, друзья и знакомые зажгут свои свечи. Мы поставим свечи на окна своих домов. Это очень красивая и интересная идея!

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Hello, my name is Svetlana Ivanenko. I am a director of the Family Support and Child Care in the city of Ust-Kamenogorsk in Kazakhstan.

I write on the recommendation of Professor Marco Sarchiapino. We have organized a lot of interesting events in the city:

  1. roundtable with students, volunteers, young people and their parents.
  2. press conference with the participation of specialists of our center for adolescents.
  3. an organized march with the theme "I choose life! ". The march will take place in places where teens and young adults. We will hand over the green belt as a sign that we choose to live a long life. We will hand over business cards with confidential telephone and email hotlines contacts.
  4. hang on the streets of beautiful cards with quotations about the value and beauty of life.
  5. place the information on the site about the rally on September 10. So find out about it a lot of people. They will be able to join us!
  6. and finally, the most important thing! September 10 workers centers and friends will light their candles. We put the candles on the windows of their homes. It is very beautiful and interesting idea!

(Google translation)

Light a Candle at 8 PM on World Suicide Prevention Day e-cards or postcards in Kazakh

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Здравствуйте, меня зовут Лилия Петровна, я координирую вопросы профилактики суицида в городе Усть-Каменогорске. По предложению Марко Саркьяпони к Всемирному дню преотвращения суицида (10 сентября) мы планируем провести следующие мероприятия для учащихся 46 школ (общий охват около 20 000 человек) города Усть-Каменогорска:

  1. Организационная встреча с педагогами-психологами школ города по организации и проведению Всемирного дня предупреждения суицидов (4.09.2012) - охват 50 человек
  2. Размещение баннеров IASP о Дне предотвращения суицида в школах и микрорайонах 09-10.09.2012 - 46 баннеров размещаются в местах наибольшей проходимости
  3. Презентации в педагогических коллективах «Всемирный день предотвращения суицида: факты и цифры» 10.09.2012 - охват около 250 педагогов.
  4. Галерея мудрых мыслей «Дорога добра» 10.09.2012 на видных местах (стенах, стендах) размещаются подготовленные заранее афоризмы и высказывая известных людей (ученых, философов, авторов стихов и песен) о ценности жизни.
  5. Выставка мотивационных постеров жизнеутверждающей направленности в школе. Размещение постеров в микрорайонах школ - 09-10.09.2012
  6. Позитивное начало и завершение урока: упражнения «Улыбка», «Аплодисменты», «Подарки» и т.д. 10.09.2012 - каждый урок в каждом классе учитель начинает с позитивного настроя
  7. Стена высказываний «Жизнь это- …», «Я люблю жизнь, потому что …» и др. 10.09.2012 - учащиеся самостоятельно по желанию завершают предложения и на заготовленных плакатах
  8. «Дежурный психолог» - консультационный пункт для детей и родителей 10.09.2012 - психологи оказывают поддержку детям, оказавшимся в трудной жизненной ситуации и помогают разрешить назревшие проблемы и ситуации
  9. "Минутка размышления" - 10 минут в начале дня классные руководители рассказывают учащимся о Дне предотвращения суицида и о необходимости поддержки людей, совершивщих попытку суицида или потерявших своих друзей, знакомых, родственников - 10.09.2012
  10. Распространение раздаточных материалов, информационных бюллетеней для педагогов, учащихся и их родителей 10.09.2012 - педагоги-психологи, классные руководители раздают буклеты о суициде, о помощи в ситуации суицида и т.д.
  11. «Свеча» - символ
  12. предупреждения суицида 10.09.2012 - все желающие зажигают свечу у окна в 8.00 вечера. Баннеры размещены в школе и в микрорайонах школ

Мы рады принять участие в Дне предотвращения суицидов. Спасибо.
До свидания.

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ПЛАН МЕРОПРИЯТИЙ ПОСВЯЩЕННЫХ ВСЕМИРНОМУ ДНЮ ПО ПРЕДУПРЕЖДЕНИЮ СУИЦИДОВ 10 СЕНТЯБРЯ

  1. Утренняя зарядка (направление FLAH-MOB) 10.09.2012 8.00 Кл.руководители, хореограф, организатор, психологи, зам.дир.по ВР, учащиеся
  2. Размещение баннеров IASP в школах и микрорайоне о Дне предотвращения суицида 09.09.2012 Оргкомитет школы
  3. Галерея мудрых мыслей «Дорога добра» 10.09.2012 Психологи, учителя самопознания
  4. Размещение мотивационных постеров жизнеутверждающей направленности в школе и микрорайоне 10.09.2012 Психологи, учащиеся («Юный психолог»)
  5. Позитивное начало и завершение урока «Улыбка», «Аплодисменты» 10.09.2012 Учителя-предметники
  6. Стена высказываний «Я люблю жизнь, потому что…» 10.09.2012 Психологи, учащиеся («Юный психолог»)
  7. Рисунки на асфальте «Подари улыбку миру!» 10.09.2012 Начальная школа
  8. «Почта доверия» (оказание помощи детям в трудной жизненной ситуации) 10.09.2012 психологи
  9. Распространение информационных бюллетеней для педагогов и родителей 10.09.2012 Психологи, дежурные учащиеся
  10. Распространение лент-символов среди учащихся и жителей микрорайона 10.09.2012 Психологи, учащиеся («Юный психолог»)
  11. Музыкальное оформление (во время перемены) 10.09.2012 Тукболова С.Е.
  12. Демонстрация видеоматериалов по предотвращению суицида в холе школы 10.09.2012 Психологи
  13. Презентация в педагогический коллективах «Всемирный день предотвращения суицида: факты и цифры» 10.09.2012 Психологи
  14. «Свеча» символ предупреждения суицида 10.09.2012 20.00 ч ( футбольное поле) Кл.руководители, психологи, организаторы, зам.дир.по ВР

Казахстан, ВКО,
1075;.Усть-Каменогорск,педагог-психолог КГУ "Ахмеровская средняя школа" Свахина Елена


Kenya


Nairobi


1.0 Introduction
World suicide Prevention Day is held on September 10 every year as an initiative of the International Association of Suicide Prevention (IASP) and is co-sponsored by World Health Organization (WHO). The theme of the year’s event was, “Suicide Prevention across the Globe: Strengthening Protective Factors and instilling Hope.” Suicide is influenced by psycho-social, cultural and environmental risks factors that can be prevented through worldwide responses that address these main risk factors. WHO reports that there are twenty people who have failed suicide attempt for every suicide and that a suicide occurs every three seconds. Suicide is the common cause of death for people aged 15-24, with nearly 3000 people on average committing suicide daily and hence accounts for nearly half of all violent deaths in the world.

2.0 Workshop
The workshop organized by Samaritans Kenya and co-sponsored by Safaricom Kenya was attended by counseling and psychology students from various institutions and Church leaders around Nairobi. The workshop aimed to raise awareness that suicide is a major preventable cause of premature death and to re-affirm commitment to suicide prevention.

2.1 Expectations of participants for the workshop
The participants’ expectations for the workshop centered on:
• Gaining knowledge on suicide
• Expecting to get knowledge on how counselors can handle suicidal clients.
• How to handle teenagers
• How to prevent suicide.
• Being equipped with knowledge and skills so as to be able to equip others

2.2 Introduction to Samaritans Kenya & World Suicide Prevention Day
Ms Merab Mulindi, the Samaritans Kenya director welcomed the participants, introduced Samaritans Kenya and also gave an introduction to the World Suicide Day Prevention Day. 2.2.1 Introduction to Samaritans Kenya: In her introduction of the organization, the director explained that Samaritans Kenya is a charitable organization providing a listening service to those in distress and need emotional support. It was founded by a group of friends who were concerned about community members’ limited access to emotional support services. She further highlighted the fact that Samaritans Kenya services are modeled on the Samaritans and Befrienders Worldwide approach of providing a listening service by volunteers through telephone (call and sms), face-to-face (walk-in and appointments), internet (skype, e-mail etc) and even postal with confidentiality as a central focus of the service. She also introduced Samaritans and Befrienders Worldwide whose vision is ‘to contribute to a society where suicide is understood both locally and globally, leading to fewer deaths by suicide.’ and then focused on services provided by the organization

2.2.2 World Suicide Prevention Day:
The director also gave an introduction to the World Suicide Prevention Day noting that it has been marked every 10th of September since 2003 and is an initiative of the International Association for Suicide Prevention (IASP) and is co-sponsored by the World Health Organization (WHO) with the 2012 the theme being “Suicide Prevention across the Globe: Strengthening Protective Factors and Instilling Hope.” She explained the aims of the World Suicide Prevention Day as to:
 Raise awareness that suicide is preventable.
 Improve education about suicide.
 Spread information about suicide awareness.
 Decrease stigmatization regarding suicide.

She then went on to give statistics from WHO with the conclusion that the number of people who die by suicide is expected to reach 1.5 million per year by 2020 and highlighted the activities held worldwide to mark the day whose key message is that suicide is a major preventable cause of premature death and marking the day is also the time to re-affirm commitment to suicide prevention.

3.0 Lighting of the Candle
A candle lighting ceremony was incorporated in the workshop to remember those who have died through suicide and those who have survived it. The main candle was lit by the Samaritans Kenya Director, Ms Merab Mulindi in conjunction with Africa Mental Health Foundation representative, Dr Khasakala. Several participants then lit other candles from the main candle.

4.0 Overview on Suicide
The topic was presented by Dr. Lincoln Khasakala of Africa Mental Foundation (AMHF), with the aim of enlightening the participants on the psychological perspectives of suicide. There are several signs that enables the identification of suicidal or para-suicide these include anxiety, sadness, loss of interest, guilt of past deeds, sense of failure, suicidal ideas, suicidal plans, suicidal behavior, depression, stress among others. He emphasized that psychiatric conditions such as stress, depression and schizophrenia should be treated to avoid their lading to suicide. He also gave some of the common methods of suicides as poisoning e.g. rat poison, drug overdose, hanging, jumping from heights and mentioned Thompson falls in Kenya as a hot-spot area for suicide. He noted that mental illness is more common in Kenya than people realize as one in every four patients in hospital is suffering from it. The question is who do you talk to when stressed?

5.0 Case Study
The session which was facilitated by the Samaritans Kenya director was aimed at brainstorming on the causes of suicide and effects of suicide on the family, friends and society. The participants came up with some of the reasons as to why they thought people commit suicide these were: terminal illness, post-natal depression, being closed-in, low self-esteem, living for others, psycho-social and environmental issues, religious beliefs, too many expectations and responsibilities, feeling that there is no one to turn to, infidelity and associated feelings and personality disorders leading to inability to handle failure. Some of the effects of suicide that the participants came up with were; grief, guilt, trauma, devastation, self-blame, feelings of having been irresponsible, anger, loss of property, embarrassment, may also cause one to be homicide, lack of parental love, confusion, stigma, psychological disturbances, rejection, depression, phobia, denial -no closure, fixation and others.

6.0 Faith Perspectives on Suicide: Rev. Anthony Sasaka
Rev. Sasaka begun his presentation by explaining that in his opinion there is no good or bad death – death is death. Unfortunately, he said, death is associated with sin and from the Biblical story of Adam and Eve in the Garden of Eden; death is a punishment and a consequent of disappointment. According to the Bible then ‘All have sinned and fallen short of the glory of God’ and ‘the wages of sin is death.’ He emphasized that it is not how one dies; rather it is about the life one lived before death. Thus by one’s life, one chooses either eternal life or eternal death. Rev. Sasaka further noted that most of the modern church ceremonies are not Biblical but are cultural just as each of the Kenyan ethnic groups has their own cultural practices associated with death. The Reverend emphasized the need for purity of thought for ‘As a man thinketh, so he is”- it was therefore necessary to think positively by thinking life and goodness rather than negative thoughts which often lead to suicide such as nobody cares, am useless, am alone, am finished. He added that it was also necessary to have the right company, have the right fellowship and to also study the Word. He concluded by saying that people often do not look for solutions from others, they just want to be listened to.

7.0 Youth and the rising cases of Suicide: Mr. Fred Wanjiru
Teenage suicide is a serious and growing problem, the teenage years can be emotionally turbulent and stressful as teenagers face pressures to succeed and fit in hence they may struggle with self-esteem issues, self-doubt and feelings of alienation. Difficult experiences and threatening situations such as the recent terrorist attacks can cause distress for some children hence make them think of killing themselves.
Although youths thinking about suicide are not likely to seek help, they do show warning signs to their friends, classmates, parents or trusted grown-ups and school personnel. Some of the situations that may cause youths to think about suicide include breaking up with boyfriend or girl friends, failing in school, problem with parents, experiencing personal loss, hostile social or school environment, abuse, an earlier tragic or frightening event, those who suffer from depression or other emotional problems. Some of the suicide warning signs are suicide notes, threats, previous attempt (s), depression, final arrangements, efforts to hurt one self, inability to concentrate or think clearly, changes in physical habits and appearance, sudden changes in personality, change in friends, change in behaviors, death and suicidal themes and plans/method/access.

8.0 Conclusion
A suicidal person may not ask or seek help, but that does not mean that help is not wanted. Most people who commit suicide don’t want to die - they just want to stop hurting. Suicide prevention starts with recognizing the warning signs and taking them seriously, hence we should not ignore suicide threats or take lightly statements such as “you’ll be sorry when am dead,” “I can’t see any way out,”- as, no matter how casually or jokingly said may indicate serious suicidal feelings.

Kenya has a long way to go in order to reduce the number of suicide cases being experienced in the country, together with stakeholders and media we all need to work together to spread information about suicide, improve education on suicide, decrease stigmatization regarding suicide and raise awareness that suicide is preventable and everyone has a role to play in this.

9.0 Recommendations
• There is need for suicide awareness to be taken to community members.
• Adults and friends should be made aware of the warning signs of suicide so as to be able to detect and possibly prevent suicide occurrence with special reference to the youth.
• Parents, teachers and responsible adults must be good listeners and observers.
• There is need to promote help seeking behavior among the population.
• There is need to break the silence and start talking about suicide as a step towards addressing issues around it and preventing its occurrence.

PROGRAM FOR 10TH SEPTEMBER 2012: INTERNATIONAL SUICIDE PREVENTION DAY
Venue: Kenya Youth Hostel, Ralph Bunche Rd

9.00 - 9.30a.m Prayers, lighting of Candle, welcome and introductions
9.30 – 10.00am Introduction to Samaritans Kenya & World Suicide Prevention Day
10.00 – 11am Over-view on Suicide: Prof. David Ndetei (Africa Mental Health Foundation)

11 – 11.30am Tea Break

11.30 – 12 noon Case Study
12 – 1p.m Faith Perspectives on Suicide: Rev. Anthony Sasaka (Inter- Religious Dialogue, Chemchemi Ya Ukweli)

1.00 – 2.00p.m Lunch Break

2.00 – 2.45p.m Youth and the rising cases of Suicide: Mr. Fred Wanjiru (Youth Counselor, Author: What Kills Students?)
2.45 – 3.00p.m Recommendations & Presentation of Certificates

Closing Prayer & Departure


Korea

2012 World Suicide Prevention Day banner in Korean


Butan


부산시, 다양한 자살예방주간 행사 개최

(부산=뉴스와이어) 2012년 09월 05일 -- 부산시와 부산광역시 자살예방센터(센터장 김철권)에서는 자살예방의 날(9.10)을 기념하고 시민들에게 자살예방 및 생명존중 인식의 중요성을 알리기 위해 다양한 자살예방주간 행사를 개최한다고 밝혔다.

※ 세계 자살예방의 날(World Suicide Prevention Day) : 매년 9월 10일로, 전 세계에 생명의 소중함과 자살문제의 심각성을 널리 알리고 대책을 마련하기 위한 날이다. 세계보건기구(WHO)와 국제자살예방협회(IASP)에 의해 2003년부터 제정, 시행되고 있다.

우선, 9월 7일 오후 2시 시청 1층 대강당에서는 부산시민을 대상으로 ‘소통 그리고 나아감’이라는 주제로 생명존중 강연회가 실시된다. 이날 강연에서는 부산시민들에게 소통의 장을 열어주며 소통을 통해서 서로에 대한 이해 및 자살을 미연에 예방하고 서로 간에 자살예방지킴이 역할을 수행할 수 있도록 돕기 위한 다양한 방법을 제시할 계획이다. 강연회 강사로 나서는 김창옥 교수는 소통전문가로 다양한 방송매체 출연 및 현재 롯데백화점과 연계하여 소통을 주제로 전국순회 강연 중이다.

이어서 9월 8일 오후 4시 사직야구장 인근에서는 야구 관람객들을 대상으로 자살예방의 날 기념 캠페인 ‘구도부산 야구의 열기 속에 생명을 꿈꾸다’를 진행한다. 캠페인은 지역정신보건센터와 연합으로 실시되며 이날 김철권 자살예방센터장은 롯데자이언츠 홈경기 시구를 할 예정이다.

아울러, 9월 8일 저녁 7시부터는 남구 이기대 부산환경공단 남부사업소 상부 체육공원에서 해운대구 영화의전당까지 부산생명의전화 주관으로 ‘생명사랑 밤길걷기’ 행사를 진행하여 이 자리에서는 시민들을 대상으로 생명서약서 작성 및 다양한 정신 건강상담을 실시할 계획이다. 이 밖에 9월 10일부터 11일까지
서울교육문화회관에서 진행되는 ‘자살예방의 날 및 자살예방주간 문화축제’에 부산광역시 자살예방센터 부스 운영을 통해 부산시의 다양한 자살 방지 대책을 홍보할 예정이다.

부산시 관계자는 “자살문제는 이제 더 이상 개인의 문제로 바라볼 것이 아니라 사회적 문제로 인식하고 서로의 생명을 존중하며 스스로 생명을 지켜나갈 수 있는 생명존중 문화가 확산되어져야 할 것”이라고 전하고, “자살예방의 날을 맞이하여 진행되는 다양한 기념행사에 시민 여러분의 많은 참여를 바란다.”라고 말했다. 출처: 부산광역시청 홈페이지: http://www.busan.go.kr

Source


Seongbuk-gu


성북구, 10일 자살예방의 날 맞아 자살예방 캠페인 <전국매일/서울> 박창복 기자 = 성북구(구청장 김영배)가 세계 자살예방의 날을 맞아 생명의 소중함과 자살의 심각성을 알리고‘이웃과 함께 하는 생명존중 문화’를 조성하기 위해 10일 성신여대입구역 부근에서 자살예방 캠페인을 실시했다.

이날 성북구 자살예방센터와 한국생명의전화 관계자, 생명의전화종합사회복지관과 성북구청 직원들이 자살예방과 생명존중을 상징하는‘노란리본'을 거리를 지나는 시민들에게 달아주었다.

또 자살예방 전문상담기관의 전화번호가 기재된 홍보 리플릿과 홍보물을 나눠주며 생명사랑의 소중함을 전했다.

구는 캠페인 외에 소중하고 평등한 생명을 귀하게 지켜나가자는 취지로 이달 6∼10일 성북구청 1층 성북문화홀에서‘생명존중 사진전’을 개최했다.

‘당신은 혼자가 아닙니다!’라는 슬로건 아래 국내 입양기관인 ‘성가정입양원’, 장애아동시설 ‘승가원’, 노인학대예방기관인 ‘서울북부노인보호전문기관’, ‘성북구 자살예방센터’등 4개 기관이 함께 참여해 생명사랑을 상징하는 사진 40여 점을 전시했다.

앞서 성북구는 올해 3월에 지역사회에 기반을 둔 보건복지 통합 자살예방사업을 추진하고자 전국 기초지방자치단체 최초로 ‘구립 자살예방센터’를 개소해 본격적인 자살예방사업을 추진하고 있다.

또 6월에는 성북경찰서, 종암경찰서, 성북소방서, 관내 의료기관 및 교육기관, 종교기관, 복지기관 등 61곳과 자살고위험군 발굴 및 정보 공유와 위기대응체계 구축 등을 위한 업무협약(MOU)을 체결했다.

성북구는 자살문제가 심각하지만 예방이 가능하다며 모든 구민이 동참하고 상호 협력하는 가운데 생명안전도시 성북을 구현하기 위해 더욱 노력하겠다고 밝혔다.

참고로 세계 자살 예방의 날 (World Suicide Prevention Day)은 매년 9월 10일로, 생명의 소중함과 자살문제의 심각성을 널리 알리고 대책을 마련하기 위해 세계보건기구(WHO)와 국제자살예방협회(IASP)가 2003년 제정했다. 문의_성북구 복지정책과(☎920-4471)


Latvia


Latvijas Žurnālistu asociācija iestājas pret pašnāvību atspoguļošanu medijos

Latvijas Žurnālistu asociācija iestājas pret pašnāvību atspoguļošanu medijos, informē asociācijas valdes priekšsēdētāja Inga Spriņģe.

Diskusijas par pašnāvību atspoguļošanu medijos sākās pēc tam, kad 2012.gada 7.jūnijā Latvijas Televīzijas (LTV) raidījums Panorāma un TV3 raidījums TV3 Ziņas pārraidīja sižetus, kuros atspoguļots, kā kāds cilvēks izdara pašnāvību, nolecot no Vanšu tilta vantīm.

Latvijas Žurnālistu asociācija aicina mediju pārstāvjus pievērst uzmanību tam, ka gan starptautiskas organizācijas, gan Latvijas Cilvēktiesību centrs ir sagatavojis vadlīnijas, kā medijiem rīkoties gadījumos, kad sižets saistīts ar pašnāvību.

"Visā pasaulē apkopotie dati liecina, ka pašnāvību atspoguļojums masu saziņas līdzekļos ir nepastarpināti saistīts ar pašnāvību skaita pieaugumu īsā laikā," norādīja Spriņģe. Īpaši tas attiecas uz gadījumiem, kad rakstā vai sižetā tiek spilgti aprakstīta pašnāvība, padarot to par sensacionālu vai apbrīnas vērtu.

Asociācija paudusi uzskatu, ka pašnāvības mirkļa atspoguļošana LTV un TV3 ziņu sižetos pārkāpj starptautisko organizāciju un Latvijas Cilvēktiesību centra vadlīnijas un tā nebija ne nepieciešama, ne vēlama.

"Iesakām gan saviem biedriem, gan citiem žurnālistiem iepazīties ar minētajām vadlīnijām par pašnāvību atspoguļošanu medijos un tās ievērot savā darbā," teica Spriņģe.

Tā kā Latvijas Žurnālistu asociācijas Ētikas kodeksā pašlaik nav panta par pašnāvību atspoguļošanu medijos, paredzēts, ka ierosinājums papildināt kodeksu ar attiecīgo pantu varētu tikt izskatīts tuvākajā asociācijas valdes sēdē, kas plānota šomēnes. Kā ziņots, kāds vīrietis izdarīja pašnāvību šā gada 7.jūnijā, nolecot no Vanšu tilta.


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Latvian Association of Journalists invites media representatives to focus attention on the need for an international organization, the Latvian Centre for Human Rights has prepared guidelines on how to handle the media when the story associated with suicide.

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Apraksts: Ik pēc 40 sekundēm pasaulē kāds atņem sev dzīvību. Gadā kopumā tiek izdarītas miljons pašnāvību. Ar šādiem datiem klajā nākusi Pasaules veselības organizācija, atzīmējot Starptautisko dienu pašnāvību novēršanai. Latvija uz citu Eiropas Savienības valstu fona nepatīkami izceļas. Pašnāvību skaita ziņā esam trešajā vietā Eiropā. Eksperti atzīst - lielu daļu pašnāvību varētu novērst, ja vien cilvēki nebūtu tik lieli egoisti un pievērstu viens otram vairāk uzmanības. VIDEO: LTV


Lithuania


2012 World Suicide Prevention Day banner in Lithuanian


Kasmet rugsėjo 10-oji minima kaip Pasaulinė savižudybių prevencijos diena. Savižudybė – tai veiksmas, kurio metu asmuo savo paties noru pasitraukia iš gyvenimo. Kiekviena savižudybė yra ne tik iš gyvenimo pasitraukusiojo, bet ir jo artimųjų bei visų aplinkinių tragedija, paliekanti gilius pėdsakus: kaltės jausmą, širdgėlą. Pasaulinės sveikatos organizacijos duomenimis Lietuvoje per metus nusižudo 44 iš 100 tūkstančių gyventojų, tai didžiausias rodiklis pasaulyje. Labai svarbu mokėti atpažinti savižudiškus aplinkinių ketinimus ir žinoti ką tokiu atveju daryti. Laiku parodytas dėmesys gali suteikti žmogui jėgų gyventi ir spręsti problemas. „Revuonos“ vidurinėje mokykloje ši diena buvo paminėta renginiu, kurį pavadinome „Tikslas gyventi“. Renginyje dalyvavo 5 – 12 klasių mokiniai ir mokytojai. Mes nedeginome žvakelių, mes ieškojome tikslo gyventi. Savo mintis dėl ko verta gyventi mokiniai užrašė ant spalvotų balionų. Mokinių mintys apie tai, dėl ko verta gyventi: „Nes gyvenimas yra gražus“, „Nes tik gyvendamas gali būti laimingas“, „Gyvename ne tik dėl savęs, bet ir dėl artimųjų“, „Nes sieki užsibrėžto tikslo“, „Tikiu, kad viskas kas geriausia ir gražiausia dar nutiks ateityje“. Džiaugiamės, kad mokiniai susimąstė apie gyvenimo grožį ir prasmę. Tik būdami budrūs, dėmesingi kitam žmogui galime išvengti didelės nelaimės.

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WSPD 2012 Facts and Figures translated into Lithuanian. Thank you Kristina C.


Macau


Around 80 individuals (15 per 100,000) are supposed to have committed suicide in Macau last year. Macau Caritas' secretary general, Paul Pun, gave this figure to TDM. The organization is currently coordinating a suicide prevention campaign.

"We received more than 6000 calls this year" said the secretary general, referring to the emergency line that the organization provides. Normally the phone starts ringing at 6 pm. "Divorce, social and family problems, isolation, and abandonment are the most current problems" revealed Wong, who has been working for one year as a volunteer at Caritas Macau attending the emergency line. He already received more than 700 phone calls from Macau residents. "They talk about their family problems, relationships that are not good or bad work situations, relations with colleagues, bad communication with the boss and those kind of things," he said, quoted by TDM.

The social worker adds that "some really have mental problems, for example they say they don't feel well and have hallucinations." According to Wong only around 5% of people that call directly say that they want to commit suicide, most of them call repeatedly and suffer from symptoms of depression. "It's only a slight way to help but at least it's a way to offer them somebody who listens to them and who gives some answers”, says Wong. "They feel there is somebody to support them." He received one year's training to deal with these calls.

According to Mr Pun, Caritas received around 13,000 calls last year, "the highest number ever." This year the number of calls has been 6,000, "but the quantity is still alarming" considers Mr Pun. "The suicide rate is higher. We hope that through this program we can promote the awareness of life. How to respect life and how to seek for help in case of loneliness. When they feel they have some problems they know who to contact." Pun hopes the family and friends of victims can provide useful information to contribute to preventing future cases. The Caritas campaign continues until September 10, which marks World Suicide Prevention Day.

Lack of social workers

Secretary general Paul Pun said community work with the elderly constitutes the Carita's main priority. But there are not enough people to do the work. Caritas hosts around 50 elderly people in Macau but has only around 30% of workers that it needs ranging from social workers to nurses. "Priority is to strengthen our work for the community services for the elderly", said Pun. "We haven't started yet. During the preparation period we hope we can unite enough manpower to strenghten our community services."

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Malaysia


2012 World Suicide Prevention Day banner in Malay


Sabah


Befrienders Kota Kinabalu confirmed to commemorate World Suicide Prevention Day on 9th September 2012 with the following activities:

  1. Essay Competition with the theme 'Life is Precious'
  2. Awareness Walk & Healthy Exercises
  3. Official Launching and Exhibitions by the medical/police and relevant authorities with the intention to educate/inculcate the public the various type of suicides in our country and its seriousness
  4. Commemorative Publication

All the above activities will carry the WSPD banner.

The Essay Competition will run from July 2012. The Awareness walk and official launching and exhibition will be a half day celebration on 9th September 2012.

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2012 World Suicide Prevention Day banner in French

Mauritius


Alors qu’on célèbre aujourd’hui la Journée mondiale de prévention du suicide, lumière sur ce phénomène qui prend de plus en plus d’ampleur.
« Nous recevons de plus en plus d’appels de diplômés qui ont fait leurs études à Maurice ou à l’étranger et qui ne trouvent pas de travail », explique Mala Bonomaully, présidente de Befrienders Mauritius, une organisation non gouvernementale (ONG) qui fait de la prévention suicide. « Ces jeunes ont travaillé dur pour obtenir leur diplôme mais au final, ils ne trouvent rien. Alors que, peut-être, un cousin ou un ami est, lui, déjà salarié », poursuit-elle.
La frustration est difficile à gérer pour ces jeunes, qui nourrissaient de grandes attentes. À cela, il faut ajouter, bien souvent, la pression des parents. Ces derniers « leur reprochent de ne rien faire, d’être toujours à la maison », indique Mala Bonomaully, se basant sur les témoignages reçus sur la hotline de Befrienders Mauritius. Cette situation trouve une corrélation directe avec les chiffres du chômage chez les jeunes, ajoute notre interlocutrice.

Problèmes relationnels

Au-delà de ce nouveau phénomène, la cause la plus fréquente de suicides à Maurice est étroitement liée à des « problèmes relationnels ». Dans un rapport, publié par le Mauritius Institute of Health en octobre 2005, les disputes familiales, les cassures et la violence conjugale comptaient pour plus de 70 % des tentatives de suicide. Cette donnée n’a pas beaucoup bougé. « Il y a beaucoup de problèmes dans les couples ou entre les parents et les enfants », souligne Mala Bonomaully. Befrienders Mauritius reçoit une moyenne de cinq appels par jour. « C’est surtout après les campagnes de sensibilisation et les causeries dans les écoles que les appels sont plus nombreux », fait ressortir la présidente de l’ONG. Toute­fois, ces appels sont souvent passés lorsque le problème a atteint un stade critique. Pour Imran Dhannoo, éducateur et directeur du centre Idrice Goomany, les nombreux cas de suicide d’adolescents, dont le dernier date de vendredi, sont inquiétants. «Ils sont fragilisés et n’ont pas d’aptitudes pour résister aux pressions de différente nature», soutient l’éducateur..

Source: L'Express de Madagascar


Mexico

2012 World Suicide Prevention Day banner in Spanish


Campeche


El gobernador Fernando Ortega Bernés firmó la carta compromiso de colaboración en el proyecto de investigación “Prevalencia de Riesgo Suicida y Depresión: correlatos Psicosociales en adolescentes estudiantes en el Estado de Campeche”.

En el marco del Día Internacional para la Prevención del Suicidio, que se conmemoró el 12 de septiembre, el mandatario estatal detalló que suman 52 suicidios en 2012 en Campeche, cifra que ubica a la entidad en el cuarto lugar nacional por número de suicidios.

Agregó que Yucatán, Tabasco y Quintana Roo están entre los primeros cinco lugares, lo que permite observar que la región del sureste tiene una altísima incidencia.

Por ello, subrayó, el convenio entre la Secretaria de Salud y el Instituto Nacional de Psiquiatría “Ramón de la Fuente Muñiz”, marcará un trabajo y compromiso para impulsar políticas preventivas y acciones encaminadas a dar respuestas a esta problemática social.

Para estas acciones, resaltó, además de participar las instituciones de salud, también involucran el sistema educativo, desde los niveles de educación básica, y pasando por toda la estructura de su sistema.

Ortega Bernés dijo sentirse motivado y doblemente comprometido mediante este acuerdo.

“Con este convenio vamos a trabajar en la generación de datos, de información, pero también tenemos que coronar con un diseño de políticas públicas, que son responsabilidad del gobierno aplicarlas”, agregó.

“Pero lo más importante, necesitamos cada día sumar más personas, jóvenes y adultos en la tarea de prevenir, cada voz que promueva la prevención, cada escuela que incorpore el tema del tratamiento”, abundó.

Comentó que la línea Vivetel, con el número 01-800-2328-432, que se puso en marcha en septiembre del año pasado, funciona las 24 horas y brinda auxilio y atención a las personas que en determinado momento pueden sentirse en un estado de depresión, de ansiedad, de angustia.

Ratificó su compromiso de trabajar en la atención de este problema de salud.

Añadió que “de nada sirve la preocupación del gobernador, si el gobernador no se involucra de lleno en el seguimiento de las tareas y de las acciones que vayan encaminadas a lograr abatir este problema”.

Source: uniradioinforma.com


San José del Valle


El 10 de septiembre, Día Mundial para la Prevención del Suicidio, se fomenta en todo el mundo con medidas prácticas y compromisos para evitar los suicidios. Cada día hay en promedio casi 3 mil personas que ponen fin a su vida, y al menos 20 intentan suicidarse por cada una que lo consigue.
En México, tan sólo en el año 2010, se suicidaron 5 mil 12 personas y 41 de esas personas eran jóvenes de entre 15 y 29 años. Al año en nuestro país, alrededor de 150 niños entre los 5 y 14 años de edad deciden quitarse la vida, principalmente por la presencia de trastornos psiquiátricos.
Por tal motivo, el Sistema DIF municipal y la Secretaría de Salud del estado brindaron conferencias a jóvenes, adolescentes y público en general, con el objetivo de que los jóvenes puedan distinguir los riesgos de un suicidio, así como también identificar una amenaza del mismo.

Las conferencias se efectuaron en el auditorio municipal en la comunidad de San José del Valle y en la Universidad Tecnológica de Bahía de Banderas (UTBB), donde se contó con la participación de la señora María del Refugio Gómez de Cervantes, presidenta de DIF municipal, y del profesor Juan Francisco O´connor Aguirre, secretario del Ayuntamiento.

También estuvo Gloria Francisca Cuevas Tello, coordinadora de Servicios Médicos de Salud Municipal; doctor José Salvador Hernández, responsable de Epidemiología; Ana Nereida Martínez Montoya, responsable de Promoción a la Salud en Bahía de Banderas; la psicóloga Paloma Montes Navarro, encargada del Centro de Salud Mental de Bahía de Banderas; María Guadalupe Álvarez Ochoa, delegada de la Defensa de la Menor, y José Gómez Pérez, rector de la Universidad Tecnológica.

La responsable de brindar estas conferencias fue la psicóloga Paloma Montes Navarro, del Centro de Salud Mental, y entre los temas que se abordaron destacan la prevención de comportamientos suicidas, depresión y como identificar a una persona con problemas suicidas.

Explicó que la vida en muchas ocasiones parece ser muy compleja para las personas, esto sin importar la edad o sexo, pero sin duda alguna hay que saber vivirla y tomar la mejor decisión para resolver un problema.

Por su parte, la Presidenta del Sistema DIF agradeció al Gobierno del Estado por trabajar de la mano.

“La confianza que tengan con sus padres o seres queridos, siempre les servirá para obtener el mejor consejo, apoyo y respaldo. Aun cuando el problema parezca muy delicado o grave, lo importante es mantenerse con una mentalidad positiva y ser responsable”, recalcó.

Source: Peridicó Express


Namibia


Oshakati

Namibia needs to strengthen its responses to the alarming rise in suicides in the country, which have reached crisis proportions, according to Tuhafeni Katota, a social worker in the Ministry of Health and Social Services, based in the Ohangwena Region.

On Monday, Namibia joined the rest of the world in commemorating World Suicide Prevention Day.

According to Katota, September 10 was designated World Suicide Prevention Day in 2003.

In 2009, Namibia started to commemorate the day.

Figures of people that fell victim to suicide, however, continue to rise alarmingly with close to 200 successful suicides and 284 attempted suicide cases recorded between 2007 and 2012 in the Ohangwena Region alone.

Between October 2011 and now, 39 people took their own lives, while 110 people failed in their suicide attempts between March 2011 and September 2012 in the Ohangwena Region.

The youngest suicide victim was a nine-year-old boy who killed himself by hanging. He was identified as Matheus Amakali Enkali from Oidimba village.

The eldest victim was identified as Frans Shikongo (78) from Onuumba village. Shikongo killed himself with a shotgun.

Between 2007 and 2009, the Ohangwena Region had the highest suicide rate in the country, recording 118 successful suicides and 84 attempted suicides.

Last year, between January and September, 66 people committed suicide.

Last year's youngest victim was 11-year-old Penehafo Kaleinasho Josua from Omahange village. She killed herself by hanging.

In 2011, the eldest victim was 93-year-old Andreas Endjabi, from Okamukwa village. Endjambi died also by hanging himself in his hut.

"We as the ministry of health, we counsel adults (18-year-olds and above) that have attempted suicide, while the ministry of gender offers counselling to children.

"Life Line Child Line is our good partner in this battle, because in some cases people want counselling but they would prefer it done over the phone.

"In the same vein the Ohangwena Regional Council, mostly the governor (Usko Nghaamwa) takes it upon himself to organise suicide awareness campaigns and events," said Katota.

According to Katota, despite all the efforts invested in campaigns against suicide by stakeholders, cases of suicide are still on the rise.

Katota said there is an urgent need for stakeholders to redouble their efforts in the fight against suicide, and to strengthen existing prevention programmes.

"Nowadays children don't even go to Sunday school anymore, that is why people don't fear suicide, they think it is a solution. In fact, when children see well-organised funerals of children that have fallen victim to suicide, they tend to think that committing suicide is cool. At least with Bible studies and Sunday school children are taught to fear suicide," said the Omusati Region's police spokesperson, Abner Kaume Itumba.

Suicide warning signs include constant or regular depression, sadness, feelings or expressions of hopelessness, withdrawal from family and friends, being occupied with death or death wishes, irritability, neglect of personal appearance, alcohol or drug abuse and performing poorly at work or school, among others. A few victims do not show suicidal symptoms at all.

Source: AllAfrica.com


Nepal


Kathmandu

Organiser: Nepal Suicide Prevention and Mental Health Research Center, Kathmandu ,Nepal P.O. Box 24049 Phone 00977 9849018592

Activities for WSPD 2012 in Nepal:

September 8
Morning Rally for Raising Awareness
Participants: Mental health activists, psychologists, psychosocial counselors, professors, security personnel and the Media

September 10
Activities:

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Nepal Suicide Prevention and Research Association (NESPARA) will be carrying out the following activities in Nepal:

  1. Talk program
  2. Rally
  3. Press conference

Rishi Ojha


Netherlands

2012 World Suicide Prevention Day banner in Dutch


GGZ Friesland


WSPD activiteiten

GGZ Friesland

programma
UITNODIGING
‘In gesprek over suïcidale gedachten’
Handreiking voor huisartsen
Maandag 10 september 2012 19.15 - 22.00 uur Oranje Hotel, Stationsweg 4, Leeuwarden 10e jaargang De inspanningen van de laatste tien jaar zijn gebaseerd op onderzoek waaruit naar voren is gekomen dat suïcide voorkomen kan worden. Het is hiervoor belangrijk dat het stigma en de stilte die nog steeds rond suïcide heerst verminderd wordt. Het thema van de Wereld Suïcide Preventie Dag (WSPD) van dit jaar is ”Wereldwijde Suïcidepreventie: versterk beschermende factoren en geef hoop”. Als professional kunt u te maken krijgen met patiënten die zich suïcidaal uiten. Wat wordt op dat moment van u verwacht en hoe kunt u hier het beste mee omgaan? Tijdens de WSPD wordt hier wereldwijd uitgebreid aandacht aan besteed, zo ook in Leeuwarden. GGZ Friesland organiseert op deze dag een informatie- en discussiebijeenkomst die in het teken zal staan van de nieuwe richtlijn. Tijdens de bijeenkomst zal bijzonder hoogleraar Tobi Graafsma uit Suriname een lezing geven over suïcidepreventie aldaar. De huisartsen Renate de Groot (Warga), Arjan Jorritsma (Leeuwarden), Guus Blok (Harlingen), en Kees van Boven (Franeker) vertellen over hun persoonlijke ervaringen met betrekking tot het thema van de avond: meerdere suïcides in korte tijd binnen één praktijk, een suïcide in de privé-situatie en suïcide kort na de start als huisarts.
‘In gesprek over suïcidale gedachten’ Handreiking voor huisartsen
Welke rol kunt u als professional spelen wanneer een patiënt zich suïcidaal uit? Deze vraag staat centraal tijdens de bijeenkomst op 10 september; de tiende Wereld Suïcide Preventie Dag.
De huisartsen vertellen hoe zij met deze situatie zijn omgegaan. Hierbij laten zij u nadenken over hoe u met een dergelijk geval zou omgaan en hoe u bepaalt of u iemand die suïcidaal gedrag vertoont zelf behandelt of verwijst naar een ggz-instelling. Daarbij geven zij u tips vanuit de landelijke richtlijn. Vervolgens vindt een actieve forumdiscussie met aanwezigen plaats over de soms ingewikkelde problematiek van suïcidale patiënten. Tijdens de bijeenkomst ontvangt u een
huisartsenfolder, met daarin de hoofdpunten uit de multidisciplinaire richtlijn Diagnostiek en Behandeling van Suïcidaal gedrag. Martin Steendam, P-opleider, zal deze richtlijn toelichten en een training in de hantering van de richtlijnen De gehele mutidisciplinaire richtlijn kunt u vinden op de website www.ggzrichtlijnen.nl.
Programma was
programma
’In gesprek over sucïdale gedachten’ 19.15 - 19.30 Ontvangst met koffie en thee
19.30 - 19.35 Opening door Jos de Keijser, klinisch psycholoog/psychotherapeut
19.35 - 20.05 Lezing over suïcidepreventie in Suriname door Tobi Graafsma, bijzonder hoogleraar klinische kinder- en jeugdpsychologie
20.05 - 21.15 Forumdiscussie met aanwezigen, voorafgegaan door inleidende beschouwingen door huisartsen Renate de Groot, Arjan Jorritsma, Guus Blok en Kees van Boven
21.15 - 21.40 Toelichting onderzoek en uitreiking huisartsenfolder
21.40 - 22.00 Afsluiting en gelegenheid voor een drankje


Parnassia Bavogroep Den Haag

10 september: Wereld Suïcide Preventiedag Suïcide is een heftig onderwerp en zeer aangrijpend voor een ieder die er op enigerlei wijze bij betrokken raakt. Wereldwijd wordt op 10 september stilgestaan bij het belang van suïcidepreventie. De IASP (International Association for Suicide Prevention) organiseert samen met de WHO (World Health Organisation) deze dag voor de 10de keer. Lees verder>>

Het geeft ons een gemarkeerd moment om ons te bezinnen op dit onderwerp. In Nederland zijn er allerlei initiatieven. In navolging van GGZ Friesland willen we ook in Den Haag aankomende periode meer aandacht besteden aan het belang van (vroege) herkenning van suïcidaal gedrag en hopelijk daarmee een bijdrage te leveren aan de preventie van suïcide(s).

Tien september is voor ons een moment om voor de aankomende periode de preventie van suïcidaal gedrag en suïcide nog meer in het daglicht te stellen. De laatste jaren neemt het aantal suïcides in Nederland weer toe nadat het tot 2007 was gedaald. Wat precies hiervan de oorzaak is, is nog onduidelijk. De huidige economische achteruitgang heeft hierin mogelijk een rol gespeeld.

In Nederland is er recent, onder het voorzitterschap van Prof.dr. Bert van Hemert (tot december 2011 hoofd van de Haagse Crisisdienst van de Parnassia Bavo Groep), een landelijke multidisciplinaire richtlijn (MDR) diagnostiek en behandeling van suïcidaal gedrag ontwikkeld. Deze richtlijn is afgelopen juli gepresenteerd en is te vinden op www.ggzrichtlijnen.nl. Deze richtlijn probeert handreikingen te geven hoe om te gaan met suïcidaal gedrag en daarmee hopelijk herhaling van verder suïcidaal gedrag of suïcides te voorkomen. Met suïcidaal gedrag hebben we niet alleen in de psychiatrische praktijk te maken. Ook artsen en verpleegkundigen in algemene ziekenhuizen, huisartsen en andere hulpverleners worden hiermee geconfronteerd. Hulpverleners voelen zich vaak machteloos, met name als er sprake is van herhaald suïcidaal gedrag. Vanuit de Haagse Crisisdienst, onderdeel van de Parnassia Bavo Groep, willen wij bij collega’s bewustwording voor deze richtlijn creëren en hulpverleners meer handvatten geven hoe hier mee om te gaan. Deze 10de Suïcide Prevention Day en het uitkomen van de richtlijn zijn het startschot van een jaar met bijeenkomsten (Haagse Suicide Preventie Tour) waarin dit onderwerp centraal staat.

We willen je vragen om op 10 september om 20:00 uur, uit solidariteit voor de slachtoffers, nabestaanden en suïcidepreventie een aangestoken kaars voor je raam te zetten.

Je gaat meer van ons horen!
Bij vragen kun je contact opnemen met de Haagse Crisisdienst T 088 357 71 20.

Dr. Remco de Winter, psychiater, hoofd Haagse crisisdienst en Nederlands IASP vertegenwoordiger.
Dr. Jolien Bueno de Mesquita, psychiater i.o., en pleitbezorger voor de preventie van suïcide.


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New Zealand


Auckland


From Moira Clunie
Suicide Prevention Information Development Manager, Mental Health Foundation of New Zealand Auckland, New Zealand

The Mental Health Foundation of New Zealand is organising a live online webinar on 10 September, on the topic "Strengthening Protective Factors and Instilling Hope".

Professor G Luke Larkin and Dr Annette Beautrais, from the University of Auckland, will discuss international evidence and national examples of approaches to strengthen protective factors that can reduce vulnerability to suicide and strengthen resilience. They will discuss these within the framework of micro, meso and macro-level suicide prevention, giving examples of what can be done at individual, community and government levels to make a difference.

The presentation will be held as a webinar - a live online seminar that allows the presenters to interact with an audience. For those unable to attend the live event, it will also be recorded for later viewing on our website.

Attendance at the webinar is free - more details and a link to register are at: www.spinz.org.nz/page/187-news#wspdwebinar


We are holding a one-day conference: Suicide Prevention 2012: Ideas, Innovation, Implementation,in Auckland, New Zealand, Friday 28 September, 2012 as a satellite meeting to the Safety 2012 World Conference, to be held in Wellington, October 1-4, 2012, which will also feature plenaries and presentations on suicide (www.conference.co.nz/worldsafety2012). Professor Eric Caine from the University of Rochester, NY, who will be a plenary speaker at both the Safety 2102 World Conference and the Suicide Prevention 2012 conference. Paul Kelly, Ireland is a plenary speaker, as are Professors Helen Christensen and Jane Pirkis from Australia, and Professors David Fergusson, Gregory Luke Larkin, Simon Hatcher, Sally Merry, and Professor Sir Peter Gluckman, all from New Zealand, as well as Drs Shyamala Nada-raja, Jemaima Tiatia, Nikki Coupe and John Crawshaw, and Di Grennell, Sandra Palmer and Eliza Snelgar.

The Suicide Prevention 2012 Conference is a tailored educational opportunity for researchers, stakeholders and advocates in suicide prevention in District Health Boards, PHOs, tertiary institutions, schools, and government departments, as well as individuals bereaved by suicide, to learn and participate as leaders and workers in effective collaborations for suicide prevention across the life course. For more information, the programme and to register go to: suicideprevention2012.weebly.com. EVERYONE WELCOME.


New Plymouth


TARANAKI SUICIDE PREVENTION COORDINATION GROUP
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WORLD SUICIDE PREVENTION DAY—MONDAY 10TH SEPTEMBER—FREE EVENT Huatoki Plaza—New Plymouth 10am-2.00pm Promoting healthy discussion and good mental health promotion

From 10.00am till 2.00pm the Huatoki Plaza will be the venue for a range of providers and supporters will be promoting positive mental health.

Apart from stalls providing information there will be a number of additional activities including live music & a free sausage sizzle

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WORLD SUICIDE PREVENTION DAY TARANAKI EVENTS - 2012

WORLD SUICIDE PREVENTION DAY-FRIDAY 14TH SEPTEMBER SUICIDE PREVENTION FORUM New Plymouth District Council Debating Chamber, New Plymouth, 09:30 - 12:30pm

Raising awareness about suicide prevention & mental health issues

Key-note speakers are providing a forum for open discussion about how we can best work together to counter suicide rates in Taranaki.


An open/public event:
Nine local & national panellists that will be talking about their experiences/opinions with Suicide, prevention & maintaining good mental health.

This year our focus group is rural men as they are over represented in the statistics. Note: this will not preclude any other panellist discussion & should not be seen as a restriction for attendees working in, or having interest in other areas.

FREE EVENT

EVENT OVERVIEW:

An open/public event with 9 local & national panelists that will be talking about their experiences/opinions with Suicide, prevention & maintaining good mental health. This year our focus group is rural men as they are over represented in the statistics - this will not preclude any other panelist discussion & should not be seen as a restriction as any & all groups & areas will be open for discussion.

The Interpersonal Psychological Theory of Suicide Prevention (IPPT) says the two things that prompt a desire to suicide are not feeling you belong and feeling you are a burden rather than an asset to your friends/whanau/community. It suggests the key to suicide prevention is creating a sense of belonging and a sense that you make a valued contribution. Inclusion and participation are critical. This concept, & other ways we can all be part of the stemming of this epidemic, will be open for discussion at this forum

We will open with a blessing/Karakia by local kaumatua & then move on to the formal presentations by the panelists.
The confirmed panelists are:

These panellists will give their personal & professional views to the forum after which the opportunity for questions & discussion will be opened to all present.

In addition to the panel discussion Sylvia will be officially launching her fresh off the press Suicide Prevention Book "Survive & Thrive" - this is a locally written book with a target audience being your average New Zealander. It is a great opportunity to speak directly with the author & to secure a copy of this book. Copies of this book will be on sale at this event.

We will also have resources available on display & groups' available working in this area in Taranaki. The event will finish with a balloon launch outside the Council Building to commemorate those lost to suicide - sending messages to the skies. Light refreshments, tea & coffee, will be available.

Get the message out to everyone - professionals and general folk…we need our men to hear the reality of maintaining good mental health & how the rest of us can be part of the solution instead of silently being part of the problem. The more informed we are the better we all are at stopping this silent epidemic.

All are welcome to attend this informative forum - whether you want to attend for personal interest or for professional development. This is a free event at no charge at the New Plymouth District Council's Debating Chamber-from 9.30-12.30pm.


Waikato


Elaine Loch, an ASIST trainer and Senior Trainer Coach with LivingWorks Education will host a webinar for Social Work colleagues who are members of Aotearoa New Zealand Association of Social Workers.

This will give Social Workers around New Zealand an opportunity to hear about Elaines work and to discuss how as Social Workers we can each contribute to suicide prevention activities for our clients, whanau/families and communities.

Elaine Loch, Social Worker and ASIST trainer, Waikato, New Zealand.


Wellington


We are marching through cities of New Zealand leaving, on the 6th and will be at the capital of New Zealand, Wellington, on the 10th, and marching through to Parliament and handing our declaration on suicide prevention and postvention to members of Parliament -also a day of rememberence and get-together.


Nigeria


Ilorin

The Dept. of Behavioural Sciences, University of Ilorin Teaching Hospital, Ilorin, Nigeria marked use day with a live Radio education programme on the theme of this year\'s World Suicide Prevention Day.

We were amazed by the feedback we have been receiving from listeners, some of whom have even traced up to our hospital for more enlightenment The producer of our programme has been magnanimous enough to re-broadcast the recording on Wednesday 12th September 2012.

Dr. Issa B.A.
Dept. of Behavioural Science,
University of Ilorin Teaching Hospital, Ilorin, Nigeria


Norway


2012 World Suicide Prevention Day banner in Norwegian


Verdensdagen

Verdensdagen for selvmordsforebygging 10 september er en internasjonal dag som markeres over hele verden. Støtt opp om Verdensdagen - støtt det selvmordsforebyggende arbeidet i Norge.

I Norge er LEVE nasjonal koordinator og arrangør, og dagen markeres i hele september og oktober i regi av LEVEs fylkeslag. Verdensdagen ble innstiftet av IASP (the International Association for Suicide Prevention) og har støtte fra Verdens Helseorganisasjon. Verdensdagen for selvmordsforebygging markeres med årlig støtte fra Helsedirektoratet.

Hvert år produserer LEVE en egen flyer til Verdensdagen; den siste kom ut i 2011. Denne kan du laste ned her.

Har du lyst til å markere Verdensdagen for selvmordsforebygging 10. september?

LEVE mottar tilskudd fra Helsedirektoratet til å arrangere Verdensdagen. Det går an å søke LEVEs sekretariat om midler til å markere Verdensdagen lokalt. Ønsker du å bidra til det selvmordsforebyggende arbeidet gjennom en markering, en aktivitet eller et annet tiltak, er søknadsfristen for å søke om tilskudd til markering av Verdensdagen 1. mai. Ta kontakt med prosjektleder for Verdensdagen Gry Lunde på e-post: post@leve.no eller på telefon: 411 40 559 / 22 36 17 00 for mer informasjon.

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Pakistan


Jamshoro


I will take a discussion class on Suicide prevention and importance of creating awareness among public for prevention of suicide, for Master of Public Health (MPH) students at Liaquat University of Medical & Health Sciences, Jamshoro, Pakistan.

Dr. Muhammad Ilyas Siddiqui
Department of Community Medicine & Public Health Sciences Liaquat University of Medical & Health Sciences, Jamshoro Sindh, Pakistan.


Karachi


INP_KARACHI - The trend of suicide among the people has seen a sharp rise in the first six month of this year. Suicide is considered as a criminal offence, a major mental health problem and it is a desperate attempt to escape agony that has become awful.
Madadgaar National helpline shared the report about suicide to mark the World suicide prevention day, as this day is observed on 10th September every year across the world including Pakistan to promote the worldwide commitment and action to prevent suicide.
Madadgaar National Helpine's Database documented total 751 cases of suicide during January to June, 2012 across Pakistan. In these six month as many as 136 children, 303 women and 312 male committed suicide.
As many as 32762 people committed suicide, including 4031 cases of children, 11752 of women and 16975 of male were documented across Pakistan during the last 12 years (2001 - 12). The report shared by the organization has been compiled from the monitoring of different national, local newspapers. However, a number of cases also went unreported, as families are reluctant to register the case as suicide or attempted suicide because they consider suicide and attempt suicide as social stigma. Men are more likely to commit suicide as data showed.
It seems strong association between poor socio-economic conditions and suicide in Pakistan. Domestic violence, poverty and loss of control over their lives, insecurity, hopelessness about their future and depression are the most common reason for suicide. Whereas, poisoning, firearm, hanging, excess use of medicines or sleeping pills, use of insecticides and jumping from height are most common methods of committing and attempting suicide. Zia Ahmed Awan President Lawyers for human rights and legal aid (LHRLA) regretted over the rising incidents of suicide and attempt suicide. He said, it shows that due to the lack of basic facilities provided, lack of resources, poorly established health services and political instability make suicide prevention an alarming challenge in Pakistan.

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Philippines

2012 World Suicide Prevention Day banner in Filipino

Please be informed that the Philippine Psychiatric Association and Natasha Goulbourn Foundation in the Philippines will support the World suicide Prevention Day Activities through the following:

  1. Disseminate the Light a Candle Activity for Sept. 10. 2012 at 8:00 p.m. to all Colleges, Universities high schools and elementary schools with the endorsement of Hon. Patricia Licuanan, Chair of the Commission on Higher Education as well as of Hon Secretary Bro. Luistro of the Department of Education.
  2. Teachers shall be asked to post the suicide fact sheets, the light a candle poster, and the present the Powerpoint Presentation. Everybody will be asked to register their participation at the IASP website as well as to post their activities on Facebook and Twitter.
  3. All psychiatrists who are members of the Philippine Psychiatric association shall be asked to lead activities in each of their own hospitals and communities.

Impact can be measured by the response to the IASP Facebook account and requests for certificates of participation.

Romeo Yu Enriquez, MD
President
Philippine Psychiatric Association

Ms. Jean Goulbourn
President
Natasha Goulbourn Foundation

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Bacoor City, Cavite


I started sharing/posting the World Suicide Prevention Day banner on Facebook so that my friends will be informed as well. Then I printed out the related materials related to the event especially the info sheet about the current status of suicide in the Philippines and handed them out to people I meet on the streets and in the church. I also attended the World Suicide Prevention Day event held in a university where the guest speakers were some of Manila's finest psychiatrists, as well as suicide survivors and families of suicide victims. It was very enlightening to learn from the lectures and open forums. I hope more Filipinos will acknowledge that Depression is a medical illness and that it shouldn't be considered a stigma so that people will come forward and seek help. I also wrote poems to express what a depressed person may be feeling and how a person contemplating about suicide feel and how he/she can be ambivalent. I think it is more potent that people will be aware of the emotions of a depressed person so they can identify who they are and be helped. And at 8pm on Sept. 10, my family and I lighted a candle and said a prayer for our relatives and friends who have committed suicide and also prayed for those who are having suicidal ideations to be enlightened and be courageous to face their fears and to be not afraid of seeing mental health professionals who can be of help to them. I now know and share to my friends/families what protective factors are and how to strengthen them and the risk factors to watch out.

Hazel D. Planco
Bacoor City, Cavite, Philippines


Poland


Ten dzień ogłosiła Światowa Organizacja Zdrowia.W tym roku po raz pierwszy organizowany jest w Polsce przez naszą Fundację.W dniu 10 września udostępnimy stronę internetową dedykowaną temu wydarzeniu, na której znaleźć można będzie cenne informację.Zapraszamy do udziału w naszej kampanii.

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Portugal


2012 World Suicide Prevention Day banner in Portuguese

Lisbon

A Linha telefónica de emergência SOS-Voz Amiga necessita urgentemente de voluntários para alargar as horas de funcionamento, tendo em conta o aumento do número de chamadas devido a problemas relacionados com a crise.

Numa altura em que se assinala o Dia Mundial da Prevenção do Suicídio, que se comemora na segunda-feira, os coordenadores do centro SOS - Voz Amiga lançam um apelo à sociedade civil. Pedem voluntários para aumentar a capacidade do serviço.

A crise tem levado a um aumento do número de chamadas. Em 2011 esta linha atendeu cerca de 5.300 telefonemas e este ano, até agosto, já recebeu mais de duas mil.

Uma das voluntárias da linha disse à agência Lusa que «há toda uma urgência» em angariar mais voluntários.

Atualmente com 20 voluntários, este serviço, que ajuda a prevenir o suicídio, funciona diariamente entre as 16:00 e as 24:00, mas o «grande objetivo» é que passe a funcionar 24 horas por dia.

A mesma voluntária adiantou que o número de pessoas a ligar para a linha tem vindo a aumentar e atribuiu a subida de pedidos de apoio com a atual situação social que o país vive. Desemprego, fome, violência doméstica e solidão são alguns dos problemas maios frequentes relatados ao telefone.

«Alguns estão no fim da linha, têm uma grande instabilidade. O desemprego, o não ter dinheiro e o estar em condições de isolamento a partir destas questões acentuou-se imenso», sobretudo a partir de 2011, sublinhou.

Desde o ano passado aumentou também o número de jovens a ligar para a linha, de acordo com esta colaboradora. Os voluntários do SOS ¿ Voz Amiga, que completa em outubro 34 anos de existência, atendem chamadas telefónicas de todo o país e, sob o anonimato, procuram diariamente prevenir o suicídio.

Para ser voluntário é necessário ser maior de idade, morar na área metropolitana de Lisboa e, entre os requisitos, é essencial que saiba escutar com atenção, compreensão e respeito.

Os voluntários passam ainda por uma formação composta por três fases e com a duração de cerca de dois meses.

A SOS ¿ Voz Amiga vai também assinalar o Dia Mundial da Prevenção do Suicídio com uma jornada de atendimento contínua durante 48 horas, que começa às 00:00 de domingo e termina às 24:00 de segunda-feira.

O objetivo do serviço é passar a assegurar o dobro das horas diárias de atendimento.

Source: TVI24


Santiago do Cacém

Our programme for the World Suicide Prevention Day organized by the Portuguese Society of Suicidology are:

Location - Municipal Auditorium Santiago Cacém, Portugal

14.00 - Official Opening Session of the celebrations of World Day for Prevention of Suicide (President of the Portuguese Society of Suicidology, Prof. Dr. José Carlos Santos, and other guests)

14:45 - Prevention of suicidal behavior: some pieces of the puzzle

- Elderly: Intervention projects Odemira mobile units (lecturer to be confirmed) and Santiago de Cacé&m, Dr. Judith Mary

- Prisons: Intervention of the Portuguese Society of Suicidology and Director General of Prison Services: Prof. Dr. Jorge Santos Costa

- Consultations on the Prevention of Suicide: Dr. Bessa Peixoto

16:30-Conference: National Suicide Prevention President: Prof. Dr. Carlos Braz Saraiva, Lecturer: Dr. Alvaro de Carvalho

For more information please contact Dr. José Carlos Santos (Email)


Romania


2012 World Suicide Prevention Day banner in Romanian


Cluj-Napoca


Romanian Alliance for Suicide Prevention (Alianţa Română de Prevenţie a Suicidului-ARPS)

World Suicide Prevention Day Activities, September 10, 2012

All activities taking place in Cluj-Napoca, Romania, are under the direction of Doina Cozman, M.D., Ph.D, former IASP National Representative for Romania and president of Romanian Alliance for Suicide Prevention (e-mail: doinacosman@antisuicid.com)


Pe data de 10 Septembrie 2012 se aniversează ZIUA MONDIALĂ PENTRU PREVENŢIA SUICIDULUI. Asociaţia Internaţională pentru Prevenţia Suicidului invită persoanele ce realizează numărul mare de persoane ce cad anual victime actelor suicidare şi importanţa prevenţiei acestui fenomen, să aprindăo lumânare pe data de 10 Septembrie 2012, în aropierea unei ferestre la ora 20.00, pentru a-şi demonstraîn acest mod susţinereaîn lupta împotriva suicidului, în memoria unei persoane iubite sau pentru supravieţuitorii actelor suicidare.

We thank you for the announcement concerning the event on the 10th of September and the actions you intend to take. It is a very important event concerning the rate of deaths determined by suicide all over the world. I worked in the field for many years and I was National Representative of the IASP for Romania for several years. I should be pleased to help in "spreading" this event all over the country and I shall write also an article in the most popular medical journal. Also we shall use newspapers, radio and TV.

Prof. Dr. Calin Scripcaru
Councelor of the Minister of Health on Mental Health Strategy


Russia


2012 World Suicide Prevention Day banner in Russian


Kazan, Republic of Tatarstan


From September, 13 till September, 14th in Kazan an All-Russia conference will be held, where there will be suicidal section of the conference. Inquiries


Moscow


On the 10th of September the traditionally-held One-Day Conference for students, psychologists of Education, Parent's associations of disabled children and other experts is planned.

Liudmila Kuznetsova, Moscow, Russia, Russian State Social University, Head of Departement of Special and Clinical Psychology, Director of Center of Inclusive Education


Serbia


2012 World Suicide Prevention Day banner in Serbian Cyrillic Bosnia Herzegovina

2012 World Suicide Prevention Day banner in Serbian Latin Bosnia Herzegovina


Novi Sad


Celebració del Dia de la prevenció del suïcidi

NOVI SAD - Centre per a la Prevenció del Suïcidi, i proporcionar suport emocional "cor" a Novi Sad marca el Dia Mundial per a la Prevenció del Suïcidi, 10 Acció de setembre a la plaça de la Llibertat, ha anunciat avui aquest centre.

En aquesta ocasió, tots els ciutadans interessats tindran l'oportunitat d'aprendre més sobre el treball del "cor", les formes en què presta ajuda, parli amb els voluntaris sobre els seus problemes, sinó també aplicar com a voluntari al centre.

El programa continuarà al Gran Saló del Centre Cultural de Novi Sad, el premi s'atorgarà anomenada guanyadors de fotos per al centre "Cor" es va organitzar sota el lema "Un pas endavant - un pas cap a la felicitat", i llavors es mostrarà la pel · lícula "Free Fall ".

La pel · lícula "Free Fall" tracta de la comprensió de la crisi suïcida des de la perspectiva dels suïcides, de les seves famílies, psicòlegs i psiquiatres, així com voluntaris de centres com el "Cor", que treballen al Regne Unit.

Center "Cor" és un voluntari, sense ànim de lucre que ofereix suport emocional a persones en crisi i prevenció del suïcidi.

Cada dia, de 14 a 23 hores, els voluntaris del centre de parlar amb la gent que està sola, malestar, dolor, trist, desesperat, insegur, i tota la informació obtinguda dels usuaris són estrictament confidencials i es manté dins de la ciutat.

Les persones que van al centre es pot conservar l'anonimat i centre de serveis són gratuïts.

Center "cor" és només el 2012. rebre més de 2.800 trucades d'una persona en necessitat.

Tenint en compte que el nostre país es troba en l'índex de suïcidis completat 13 el dia mundial de prevenció del suïcidi és una oportunitat per a les persones que necessiten ajuda per saber que hi ha algú que està disposat a subministrar.

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South Africa


2012 World Suicide Prevention Day banner in Afrikaans


Alberton, Gauteng


As a group, the Alberton Allialce for Mental Health Care are going to be holding a special meeting that will be run by the survivors of suicide, and their supporters. We are hoping to share the angst, pain, etc. of the prequel, event and post re: suicide.

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Slovakia


Vlani klesol počet samovrážd, no stúpli samovražedné pokusy

Vlani bolo na Slovensku menej samovrážd, avšak výrazne sa zvýšil počet samovražedných pokusov. Vyplýva to z údajov Národného centra zdravotníckych informácií (NCZI), zverejnených v rámci Svetového dňa prevencie samovrážd, ktorý pripadá na 10. septembra.

Minulý rok spáchalo, alebo sa pokúsilo o samovraždu až 1 543 Slovákov. V porovnaní s rokom 2010 je to nárast o 51 prípadov. Počet ľudí, ktorí si dobrovoľne vzali život, klesol oproti roku 2010 o 75 prípadov na 537. "Podstatne sa však zvýšil počet samovražedných pokusov. Kým v roku 2010 ich bolo hlásených 880, v roku 2011 to bolo už 1 006 prípadov (641 mužov a 365 žien)," uviedol Peter Bubla z Národného centra zdravotníckych informácií.

Dobrovoľne si smrť zvolilo viac mužov ako žien - 457 mužov a 80 žien. Najviac samovrážd evidovali v minulom roku u 50- až 59-ročných. Neúspešné samovražedné pokusy zaznamenali skôr u mladších. Najviac ich bolo hlásených u osôb vo veku od 20 do 29 rokov. Z celkového počtu samovražedných pokusov vyhodnotili takmer polovicu ako demonštratívne.

Najviac samovrážd evidovali v Banskobystrickom kraji (105) a najmenej z Trnavskom kraji (35). Počet samovražedných pokusov bol vysoký v Bratislavskom (187) a v Košickom (176) kraji. Najmenej samovražedných pokusov evidovali v Prešovskom kraji (64).

Samovrahovia si pri odchode z tohto sveta zvolili najčastejšie obesenie (u mužov v 320 a u žien v 32 prípadoch). Druhým najčastejším spôsobom samovraždy u mužov bolo zastrelenie (39), u žien skok z výšky (16). "Vo väčšine prípadov sa motív samovrážd nedá presne určiť. Zo zistených prevažujú vnútorné osobné konflikty a problémy súvislosť s telesným ochorením alebo telesnou chybou, konflikty a rodinné problémy," uviedol Bubla.

Aj keď v hláseniach o samovraždách často chýba údaj o pracovnom pomere usmrtených osôb, zaznamenali 109 prípadov samovrážd starobných dôchodcov a 25 prípadov u pravidelne zamestnaných osôb. Iná situácia je pri samovražedných pokusoch. "Tu je zrejmé, že najvyššie počty tvoria nezamestnaní (423), pravidelne pracujúci (210) a invalidní dôchodcovia (114)," hovorí Bubla.

Skoncovať so životom sa pokúšali najmä ľudia so stredným vzdelaním bez maturity aj s maturitou, a to vo viac ako 56 percentách prípadov. Z hľadiska rodinného stavu sa pokúšalo zomrieť vlastnou rukou približne 55 percent slobodných. Najčastejším miestom úmyselného sebapoškodenia bol domov.

Podľa Národného centra zdravotníckych informácií boli "najčernejšími mesiacmi" marec so 151 prípadmi a jún so 150 prípadmi, kedy zaznamenali celkovo 111 samovrážd a 190 samovražedných pokusov. Pokiaľ ide len o samovraždy, najviac ľudí sa rozhodlo pre dobrovoľný odchod zo sveta v júni (58 prípadov).

Vďaka podrobne spracovaným údajom môže Národné centrum zdravotníckych informácií sledovať aj dni v týždni či dokonca hodiny, počas ktorých dochádza najčastejšie k samovraždám a samovražedným pokusom. Najviac samovrážd sa vyskytuje v pondelok medzi 22:00 a 7:00. Najviac samovražedných pokusov zasa v utorok medzi 13:00 a 18:00.

Národné centrum zdravotníckych informácií spracúva údaje o samovraždách a samovražedných pokusoch na základe hlásení zdravotníckych zariadení. Údaje o samovražedných pokusoch má NCZI k dispozícii za osoby, ktorým poskytli psychiatrickú zdravotnú starostlivosť v útvaroch psychiatrických zariadení.

V prípadoch pokusov o samovraždu sa do hlásení dostávajú ľudia, ktorí sa pokúsili o samovraždu a dostali psychiatrickú zdravotnú starostlivosť v útvaroch psychiatrických zariadení. Samovraždy sú hlásené z príslušných pracovísk súdneho lekárstva.

Source: TA3


Slovenia


2012 World Suicide Prevention Day banner in Slovenian


Lljubljani


OBELEŽITEV SVETOVNEGA DNE PREPREČEVANJA SAMOMORA V LJUBLJANI

Ponedeljek, 10. September 2012
10. septembra bomo na ljubljanskem Kongresnem trgu postavili posebno spominsko obeležje, s katerim bomo prikazali eno izmed nabolj žalostnih slovenskih statistik – število umrlih zaradi samomora v letu 2011. Obeležje bo na ogled med 15. in 21. Vabimo vas, da se nam pridružite ter skupaj z nami prižgete lučko življenja, s katerimi želimo pokazati, da zadnja leta število samomorov v Sloveniji upada ter da je samomorilno ogroženost mogoče premagati in samomor mogoče preprečiti.

Dogodek organizirajo Ozara Slovenija, Storitveno in invalidsko podjetje Ozara d.o.o., Inštitut za varovanje zdravja RS, Slovenski center za raziskovanje samomora, Slovensko združenje za preprečevanje samomora, Zavod za zdravstveno varstvo Maribor in Celjska regijska skupina za preprečevanje samomora.

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In cooperation with different organisations (Ozara Slovenia, Institute of Public Health, Slovene centre for suicide research, Slovene association for suicide prevention) we will from 10th until 14th of September organise events in 4 biggest cities in Slovenia (Ljubljana, Maribor, Celje, Koper).

On each event there will be an installation of 437 pairs of empty slippers - which will symbolize the number of suicides in the year 2011 in Slovenia. By each pair of slippers there will be a small lamp - symbolizing hope that in the future we will be able to save more lives. Slogan of our action will be: For more lights of life and less empty slippers. On each event we will also distribute material about suicide and help contacts. On 10th of September there will be also a short lecture about suicide prevention held by prof. Diego de Leo, taking place in Institute of Public Health, Ljubljana.

Beside these events we will organise a press conference on 7th September - about trends of suicide in Slovenia and prevention activities.

Alenka Tančič Grum, Institute of Public Health, Slovenia


Spain


2012 World Suicide Prevention Day banner in Spanish


Barcelona

Dear partners in the fight against suicide, The Spiritist Centre Amalia Domingo Soler will organize a reflection day on Septembrer 10th, for "World Suicide Prevention Day". (Ventura Plaja Street, 15, low, Barcelona, Spain, from 20:00 hs to 22:00 hs. Admission is free.
The goal is to raise public awareness about the importance of suicide prevention and offer information to help prevent it.
Our event will feature a sketch, "Suicide: Never!Facts about Suicide - An Epidemiology", "Mental Health and Suicide Prevention" and "Suicide: Everything you need to know not to make this terrible mistake>" Members of the spiritist group Amalia Domingo Soler will offer fraternal attention to people who want or need to talk about suicide.

We kindly invite you to visit the information we have prepared for the Spanish press: DropBox

Información útil

La puerta falsa del suicidio.pdf

Mitos del suicidio.pdf

Nota de prensa.pdf

Programa-Día-Mundial-Prev-Suicidio.pdf

recomendaciones-medios-cobertura-suicidio.pdf

Sucidio - Una epidemiología.pdf

And ask you to make this information visible in any spaces you find appropriate.
Kind regards,
Tabuena Alfredo - Chairman of the Spiritist Centre Amalia Domingo Soler
Phone: 647586080
Email
Website: www.ceads.kardec.es
Blog: amaliadsoler.blogspot.com.br


Castellón


Carta Conferencia

Conferencia "Día Mundial de la Prevención del Suicidio"

Fecha: 10/09/2012
Horario: 20h00 a 22h00
Organiza: Centro Espírita Puerto de Esperanza
Local: Prótesis Institucional, Calle Prim s/n, Castellón, España

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Información: 655 734 669 o 676 559 076

Correo electrónico

Este año por ocasión del Día Mundial de la Prevención del Suicidio, la asociación Centro Espírita Puerto de Esperanza, realizará una charla informativa en la Prótesis Institucional, Calle Prim s/n Castellón (enlace con Google Maps).

Los objetivos de la charla son recordar a todos que "El suicidio se puede prevenir. Sensibilizar es actuar." En una de las salas ofreceremos una pequeña exposición con datos estadísticos, personajes ilustres, mensajes de sobrevivientes, etc.

En la sala contigua ofrecemos 4 pequeñas charlas, donde repasaremos una información vital en la prevención del suicidio:

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Madrid


Beatriz Becerra, Spain, Madrid:
On Sept 10th, I will be presenting in Madrid "The unhappy children's lineage", first novel in Spain on children and teenagers suicide.

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Sri Lanka


New official data shows that Sri Lanka still has one of highest suicide rates in the world, with almost 4,000 people killing themselves per year, or about 11 per day. Dr. Neil Fernando, who heads the country’s National Institute of Mental Health Promotion, released the figures in a Suicide Prevention Day seminar on September 10. The majority of victims, he reported, were aged 15 to 44.
President Mahinda Rajapakse claims that the island nation is “the emerging wonder of Asia.” But poverty, joblessness, high debt burdens and other social problems—the main factors behind the high suicide rate—are rampant throughout the country.
The stark reality facing thousands of ordinary Sri Lankans was highlighted by the tragic suicide of 35-year-old Milton Rupes Nonis in Kalaeliya, about 20 kilometres north of Colombo. Nonis, a father of three school-age children, faced unbearable poverty, unemployment and debt. He hanged himself on September 1.

Niroshini Amarsinghe and her three children with photo of Milton Rupes Nonis Niroshini Amarasinghe, Nonis’s grief stricken 30-year-old wife, told WSWS reporters that her husband was a carpenter but had been “unable to get regular carpentry work and was compelled to do odd jobs to earn living for the family.” Nonis had secured some work “clearing private lands,” she said, but had in recent months “become addicted to alcohol” because of the problems he faced. “We had just started the journey of life. We never thought that he would commit suicide.” Amarasinghe explained that her husband had been worried about his inability to buy school books for their children, aged 8, 10 and 12. “We had taken out a 50,000-rupee (about $US385) bank loan,” she said. “I’m working at a coir [coconut fibre] mill and only earn some 10,000 rupees for the whole month. It’s badly inadequate for our necessities. Relatives also help us, but life is now more difficult because I have to bear the whole burden. We have to feed ourselves as well as maintain children’s education with the small amount I earn.”
Amarasinghe said her only hope was to provide her children with a decent education. “But I’m worried whether I can do it in this situation,” she added. Residents of the densely populated Kalaeliya and surrounding areas depend on casual jobs to survive. Abject poverty, unemployment and lack of proper education prevail. Many residents fish in a nearby polluted canal. Some youth secure low-paid work at garment factories. The area is prone to flooding, even after light rain. Nonis had begun to build a small house to replace their rundown home, Amarasinghe explained.
“We started to build it using 150,000 rupees that we won in a lottery but since his death, I wonder how I’m going to complete it. I’ve no other income and am struggling to meet daily needs with the pittance I receive from the coir factory,” she said.
While the Rajapakse government says the poverty rate fell to 8.9 percent in 2011, this is based on the extremely low official poverty line—as of August, it was just 3,569 rupees per month per individual, or 118 rupees (90 US cents) a day. Likewise, the official unemployment rate is 3.5 percent but excludes those employed in short-term, unstable casual jobs, often working for a few hours.
Dr. Fernando said the “risk factors for suicide” were mental and physical illness, alcohol and other substance abuse, chronic illness, acute emotional distress, violence and sudden and major changes in peoples’ lives, such as job losses or separation of a partner. He claimed that the suicide rate could be reduced by improving the life skills and cultural outlook of children through improved education, but the “risk factors” represent the harsh social and economic conditions that confront millions of ordinary Sri Lankans.
Poverty, social inequality and homelessness have worsened dramatically as a result of the three-decade communal war against the Tamil minority, which ended in May 2009, and years of pro-market economic reforms pursued by successive governments.
In 1950, Sri Lanka’s annual suicide rate was 6.5 per 100,000. By 2001, it had climbed to 55. In 1996, the island nation had the highest rate in the world, with almost nearly 9,000 suicide deaths that year. Though the rate declined to 16 per 100,000 in 2011, it remains among the worst globally. According to a recent police report, 3,770 people committed suicide, including 231 women, in 2011. Most were in rural peasant areas and were mainly due to poverty and debt. This impoverishment has been intensified by government cuts to farm subsidies, rising production costs and low prices for agricultural goods. Rajapakse’s government is attempting to cover up the real picture. Progressive Farmers Federation leader Kaudulle Jayatissa told the WSWS that state village officers were being directed by the government not to issue death certificates detailing the reason for a suicide, including factors such as indebtedness. Rajapakse’s implementation of International Monetary Fund austerity measures to slash public expenditure by gutting social subsidies and restructuring government institutions will worsen the social miseries, intensifying political discontent.

Source: World Socialist Website


Sweden


Kronoberg


Våga be om hjälp

I dag är det World Suicide Prevention Day. I dag anordnas konferenser, minnesstunder och andra typer av manifestationer för att påminna om det allvarliga folkhälsoproblem som suicid utgör världen över, Eva Pettersson Lindberg Folkhälsochef, Folkhälsoenheten, Landstinget Kronoberg, skriver Marianne Gustafsson, psykoterapeut och ansvarig för suicidprevention, Folkhälsoenheten Landstinget Kronoberg, Katarzyna Musial, funktionsledare Social hållbarhet, Länsstyrelsen i Kronobergs län, Kristina Alsér, landshövding, Länsstyrelsen i Kronobergs län och Börje Lindkvist, Lanstingsdirektör, Landstinget Kronoberg.
Varje år dör 1500 människor i självmord. Det är en person var sjätte timma.
I dag är det World Suicide Prevention Day. En internationell dag som WHO har upprättat för att uppmärksamma Suicidproblematiken. Redan 2003 beslöt WHO i samarbete med IASP den internationella organisationen för självmordsprevention att varje år den 10 september, uppmärksamma självmord och därmed inrätta en internationell suicidpreventiv dag. I dag anordnas konferenser, minnesstunder och andra typer av manifestationer för att påminna om det allvarliga folkhälsoproblem som suicid utgör världen över.
Idag och ikväll ger vi människor möjlighet att prata om det kanske mest skamfyllda som finns; att inte längre vilja leva. För det är just skam som gör att så många väljer att inte berätta om sina tankar, och att inte våga be om hjälp. Därför är det så angeläget att vi börjar tillåta samtal om lidande, om sorg och om hopplöshet. Och inte bara en dag om året, utan varje dag.
Alla som någonsin själv haft självmordstankar, eller som känt någon som haft det eller kanske till och med varit med om att någon man stått nära tagit sitt liv, vet att ensamhet är en riskfaktor. Det är lätt att välja ensamhet, när man inte mår bra. Det är lätt att dra sig undan och att inte heller vilja be någon om hjälp. Den som umgås med självmordstankar tror inte längre att man är önskad, omtyckt eller älskad och drar sig lätt undan. Därför är det just ensamhet och skam vi måste bryta och förebygga, om vi ska kunna förebygga självmord.
Idag har vi möjlighet att lyfta på locket och börja prata med varandra för att förebygga både skam och ensamhet. I Växjö Domkyrka kommer det att finns möjlighet att både prata med professionella som arbetar med dessa frågor, men också att få uttrycka sig genom att skriva några ord eller tända ljus. En föreläsning för gymnasieungdomar kommer att arrangeras på eftermiddagen och en för allmänheten på kvällen, av Rebecca Anserud, författare till boken Ett bipolärt hjärta. På plats kommer personer från Svenska Kyrkan, Landstinget och den ideella organisationen SPES att finnas för att svara på frågor, ge tips om var man kan vända sig om man har egna tankar om att inte vilja leva, eller om man känner någon som vill ta sitt liv.
Varje dag pågår samtal med människor som på olika vis är drabbade inom vården. Ett stort och viktigt arbete pågår redan inom psykiatrin, primärvården, inom kyrkor och ideella organisationer men vi behöver göra mer. Ett tusen femhundra människor är ett tusen femhundra för många. Uppmärksamma den här dagen du också genom att komma ner till Växjö Domkyrka, eller genom att uppmärksamma den på ditt eget vis. En annan arena för självmordsförebyggande arbete kan vara skolan. De flesta ungdomar mår väldigt bra, men inte alla, och skolan som arena har möjlighet att upptäcka och hjälpa dessa ungdomar på ett tidigt stadium. Vi vet att det går att förebygga självmord och att det måste göras på bred front med riktade insatser från olika verksamheter men också att vi som medmänniskor uppmärksammar och ifrågasätter de tabun som finns kring ämnet. Forskning och erfarenheter inom fältet visar att suicid går att förebygga. Tillsammans kan vi agera för att förhindra den tragedi som ett självmord alltid innebär! Eva Pettersson Lindberg
Marianne Gustafsson
Katarzyna Musial
Kristina Alsér
Börje Lindkvist


Nykِping, Sِrmland


SPES Sِrmland (Riksfِrbundet fِr SuicidPrevention och Efterlevande Stِd) organiserar konferens:
Det gäller livet - inriktning pه barn och ungdomar.
Datum: 10 september 2012
Tid: kl.13.00-17.00
Lokal: Ceciliasalen, Allhelgonakyrkams fِrsamlingshem,
Nykِping, Sِrmland, Sverige
Projektledare: Ursula Thieme, SPES Sِrmland


Umeå


Seminarium i Umeå om att förebygga självmord

I Sverige dör ungefär 1 500 personer per år genom självmord (suicid). Det innebär att det dör en människa genom självmord var 6:e timma dygnet runt, året runt i Sverige. I Umeå anordnas, nu på måndag den 10 september, ett seminarium med rubriken ”Tankar, ord och handlingar – vad kan vi göra tillsammans för att förebygga självmord?”
För att öka medvetenheten om detta stora folkhälsoproblem beslöt Världshälsoorganisationen, WHO, år 2003 - i samarbete med den internationella organisationen för självmordsprevention (IASP) - att varje år den 10 september uppmärksamma självmord genom en internationell suicidpreventiv dag.

Självmord kan förebyggas
Under denna årliga dag hålls det, på många platser i världen, konferenser, minnesstunder och andra typer av manifestationer för att påminna om det allvarliga folkhälsoproblem som självmord utgör. Vad som också uppmärksammas är de metoder och program som finns för att förebygga självmord.

Forskning och erfarenheter inom fältet visar att dessa dödsfall går att förebygga. Det är även viktigt att de tabun som finns kring ämnet uppmärksammas och ifrågasätts. Kunskapen för att förebygga självmord finns, det som saknas är resurser.

I Umeå anordnas, nu på måndag den 10 september, ett seminarium med rubriken ”Tankar, ord och handlingar – vad kan vi göra tillsammans för att förebygga självmord?”

100-talet deltagare
Dagen är ett samarrangemang mellan landstinget och Umeå kommun och syftet är att uppmärksamma behovet av självmordsprevention i samhället liksom behovet av samarbete mellan olika samhällsaktörer.

Under dagen kommer det att hållas olika föreläsningar kopplade till ämnet självmord.

Bland annat kommer projektledare Maine Lundberg att berätta om det pågående projektet ”Första hjälpen vid psykisk ohälsa”, psykiatrisjuksköterskan Anna-Britta Lundberg ska berätta om samarbetet i Skellefteå i den s.k. ”Blåljusgruppen” där ambulans, räddningstjänst, SOS-alarm och psykiatrin ingår.

Anna Löfhede ska prata om BRIS erfarenheter av att möta barn och ungdomar med självmordstankar.

Det kommer också att finnas tid för diskussion om vad som behöver göras för att utveckla det självmordspreventiva arbetet och hur samarbetet kan stärkas.

Ett hundratal deltagare från en rad olika organisationer har anmält sig till dagen som äger rum i landstingshusets fullmäktigesal, Köksvägen 11, Umeå, mellan klockan 9.30 – 14.30.

Företrädare för media är välkomna att bevaka hela eller delar av dagen. Kontaktperson är hälsoutvecklare Lena Sjöquist Andersson, Västerbottens läns landsting, 070-399 74 81.

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Switzerland

2012 World Suicide Prevention Day banner in German

2012 World Suicide Prevention Day banner in French


Lausanne, CHUV


VD / Journée mondiale de prévention du suicide : conférence publique

A l'occasion de la 10e Journée mondiale de prévention du suicide, le Groupe prévention suicide Vaud, issu de la politique en santé mentale du Canton de Vaud, organise une conférence publique de la Professeure Monique Séguin de l'Université du Québec en Outaouais, Groupe McGill d'étude sur le suicide, Hôpital Douglas, Montréal. Thème de cette conférence publique :

Comment prévenir les comportements suicidaires ?

Conférence organisée par le Groupe prévention suicide Vaud issu de la politique en santé mentale du canton de Vaud avec le soutien du Département de Psychiatrie du CHUV, de l'Unité Multidisciplinaire de Santé de l'Adolescent du CHUV, de la Fondation de Nant, du Service de la Santé Publique du Canton de Vaud et de l'Association européenne pour la promotion de la santé (AEPS).

A noter sur ce même thème, la formation de 2 jours : "Faire face au risque suicidaire" : afin de mieux identifier, évaluer et prendre en charge des personnes à risque de suicide. En savoir plus sur cette page internet de la Formation continue UNIL-EPFL.

Site web


Every year, the association STOP SUICIDE organises an important prevention campaign. It consists in the production of posters, brochures and advertising supports. This material is largely distributed to the swiss population (French part) during festivals and other public interventions. Our posters are also spread in the cities via renting spots.

This years campaign focuses on the taboo surrounding suicide. Our main goal for 2012 is to supress this taboo and therefore make prevention in Switzerland more effective. We also encourage the population to talk about suicide, ask questions and inform themselves on the help resources that exist.

To know more abour our campaign and our activities, visit our internet site:

www.stopsuicide.ch


Zürich


Konzert im Licht der Hoffnung - Roberto Montes

Dear IASP,

I will be playing a concert on the 9th of sept., a day before the World Suicide Prevention Day to raise money for Suicide Prevention in my city of Zurich, Switzerland. Please download and see the invitation/flyer for the concert.

Sincerely,

Roberto Montes

Konzert im Licht der Hoffnung

Sonntag den 9. September, 2012; Beginn 18:00 Uhr

Im Rahmen des „World Suicide Prevention” Day 2012

Roberto Montes, Klavier
Regula Voss, Querflöte

mit Werken von Claude Debussy, Franz Liszt und Françis Poulenc

Ort: Kapelle, Zentrum Klus
Asylstrasse 130
8032 Zürich

Eintritt Frei

Kollekte zu Gunsten der Suizidprävention


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Tahiti

2012 World Suicide Prevention Day banner in French


Punaauia


Suicide : un centre de prévention à Punaauia et une campagne de dons

Une psychologue du nouveau centre de Punaauia recevra les appels de suicidants. Elle est entourée de la vice- présidente Annie Meunier et de Jean Vaimeho, écoutants bénévoles de SOS suicide.
A l'occasion de la journée mondiale de prévention du suicide ce lundi, l'association SOS Suicide a ouvert, en partenariat avec la mairie de Punaauia, un centre de prévention du suicide au dispensaire de la commune (Punavai Plaine). L'association annonce par ailleurs le lancement d'une campagne de dons par SMS (taper une promesse de dons et envoyer au 7040) et sur Facebook afin de compléter le budget de fonctionnement.

Horaires du nouveau centre à Punaauia :
- Tous les Lundi de 8h00 à 15h00 : permanence avec une Psychologue (Melle Aurelia Malogne), consultations au centre ou sur appel téléphonique (444 767) . - Tous les jeudi, en alternance, des activités de prévention sur rendez vous (444 767) :
groupes de psychoéducation pour les patients et leurs familles (crise suicidaires, troubles bipolaires, troubles psychotiques..) soins à médiation corporelle (relaxation, aromathérapie)

En Polynésie française, entre 18 et 50 personnes sont décédées par suicide chaque année sur la période 1999-2008 . Le taux de suicide le plus élevé concerne les 15-24 ans et les 25-44 ans. Le suicide représente la 1ère cause de décès chez les jeunes de 15-44 ans.
Le nombre de tentatives de suicide (TS) a été établi d’après deux enquêtes sur la période 1989-1999 et en 2006, à 86 TS pour 100 000 (admissions aux Urgences du CHPF), l’âge moyen se situant entre 25 et 30 ans.. En 2004, les patients admis pour TS représentent 1631 journées d’hospitalisation au CHPF (dont 155 patients et 969 journées pour l’unité de psychiatrie MKA). Entre 2008 et 2010, environ 200 personnes ont été hospitalisées chaque année pour une tentative de suicide.
La fréquence des idées de suicide en Polynésie est mal connue. Une enquête en milieu scolaire estime que 13% des élèves ont eu au cours de leur vie de telles idées. Une enquête en population générale est en projet.

La ligne d’écoute téléphonique mise en place par SOS Suicide : appel gratuit 444 767 ou 444 SOS. Elle est opérationnelle depuis juin 2006, de 17h30 à 20h30 en semaine. Elle fonctionne grâce aux bénévoles qui ont reçu une formation à l’écoute en août 2003 et mars 2006 par une personne expérimentée, Stéphane Cote (Centre de prévention du suicide de Québec). Une deuxième formation a été effectuée en septembre 2006 par Jean Pierre Journet de l’association SOS Suicide Phénix (Paris). Depuis 2008, un numero vert a été mis en place.

Source: La Dépêche

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Pour la 3ème année consécutive, l’UPF organise une matinée par mois pour sensibiliser les étudiants sur un thème de santé.

Pour la première de l’année universitaire, c’est le suicide qui a été abordé, grâce à la présence de l’association SOS Suicide, à l’occasion de la journée mondiale de prévention du suicide.

Parmi les prochaines matinées, l’université envisage d’évoquer la sécurité routière avec la gendarmerie, en raison des chiffres alarmants des accidents de la route du premier semestre 2012, mais aussi des grands fléaux que sont le diabète, l’obésité ou encore les addictions.

Jérôme Fernandez, infirmier à l’université et en charge des matinées de la santé, nous en dit plus sur ce rendez-vous mensuel : Podcast


Taiwan


2012 World Suicide Prevention Day banner in Chinese (Taiwan)


To echo World Suicide Prevention Day, here are Taiwan's series activities:

Placing related information on Taiwan Suicide Prevention Center (TSPC) website and making use of Taiwan's version of World Suicide Prevention Day banner.

There is a "Get out of Adversity, Face the Bright side" articles competition is held by TSPC from July 4th to August 15th.

There is a "Hand in Hand , Heart to Heart" activity on TSPC "Loving Life Cheering Facebook fan page" is started by TSPC from August 13th to September 10th. The content is inviting friends to join the fans and to spread the concept of Treasuring life.

World Suicide Prevention Day press Conference -"Let Love Sprout, Live Hopefully" will be held by TSPC on September 10th at NTUH international convention center to raise public awareness. It will release suicide related data and 2012 telephone poll findings and have an awarding ceremony for the articles competition's winners. There will be delegates from different fields to attend.

From September 10th to October 10th, there will be a "month of SEBoD" series activities which are sponsored by Taiwan Alliance Against Depression, a association that is formed by various Non-governmental organizations, including TSPC.

There are more activities to come. If you are interested in joining the activities, please don't hesitate to visit the related website for details.

Sent by Professor Ming-Been Lee, MD.
President of Taiwanese Society of Suicidology (TSOS) Director of Taiwan Suicide Prevention Center (TSPC).
Contact: Elisa Lin, Deputy Director of TSPC Web site: www.tspc.doh.gov.tw
E-mail: international@tsos.org.tw


Kaohsiung


There is a "mental health month" series activities, which is called "Change your thought, open your heart and have joyful life" are held by Health Bureau of Kaohsiung City from September 10th to October 10th. The name of the series activities was decided by online public voting. There will have a carnival as an opening ceremony on September 8th. For details please visit website: khd.kcg.gov.tw

There are more activities to come. If you are interested in joining the activities, please don't hesitate to visit the related website for details.


Taichung


There is a press conference-"Give me Five, Hold the Love" which is hosted by Health Bureau of Taichung City. It is appealing Taichung citizens to become the gatekeeper. For details please visit website: www.health.taichung.gov.tw


Tainan


There is a "Mental Health Week" series activities are hosted by Tainan City Health Bureau. For details please visit website: www.tncghb.gov.tw


Taipei


There is an article competition named "101Wishes" which is hosted by Taipei City Health Department from Jun to July. The winners' articles will be exhibited at Taipei Culture Foundation Songshan Cultural and Creative Park from September 7th to 9th. For details please visit website: tspc.health.gov.tw

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Thailand

2012 World Suicide Prevention Day banner in Thai


World Suicide Prevention Day 2012 - Thailand

Website

Thailand has been getting involved in suicide prevention activities for a long while in the attempt to help the public understand the importance of these preventive measures against the suicide crisis in Thailand. In the year 2012, to mark the "World Suicide Prevention Day" which falls on September 10 of each year, we have the following events to increase public awareness.

Prakarn Thomyankoon, M.D. (Psychiatrist) President of Suicide Prevention Society of Thailand Assistant Director of Training Program, Rajavithi Hospital, Ministry of Medical services, Ministry of Public Health Bangkok, Thailand E mail karn249@hotmail.com


Bangkok


Date : September 6, 2012
Time: 10.00 am - 8.00 pm
Participating Organizations : Khon Kaen Rajanagarindra Psychiatric Hospital, Department of Mental Health, Ministry of Public Health and Central Pattna Public Company Limited

Activity:
1. Stop Suicide Risk Campaign to mark the "World Suicide Prevention Day"
2. Distribute suicide screening test to general public
Theme: New Thai Generation with Moral Boost
Place: Central World, Bangkok, Thailand

Date: September 10, 2012 Time: 1.00 pm - 4.00 pm
Participating Organizations :
1. Rajavithi Hospital, Department of Medical Services, Ministry of Public Health
2. The Psychiatric Association of Thailand
3. Department of Mental Health, Ministry of Thailand
4. The Samaritans of Thailand 5. Suicide Prevention Society of Thailand

Activities :
1. Social Networking and Suicide Prevention Seminar for the health-care workers and general public.
2. Awards for the Campaign-Supporting Press Theme : Social Networking Role in Suicide Prevention
Place : Rajavithi Hospital , Bangkok, Thailand


Chiangrai


Date: September 9, 2012
Participating Organization : Chiangrai Provincial Public Health Office, Ministry of Public Health
Activity: Public awareness in the "World Suicide Prevention Day"
Theme : Hope & Moral Support within Your Family
Place : Chiangrai Provincial Administrative Organization, Chiangrai , Thailand


Trinidad and Tobago


Mental health a problem in T&T
The World Health Organisation (WHO) has listed suicide as a major cause of premature death. According to their data, almost 3,000 people commit suicide daily, making it the third leading cause of death among those aged 15 to 44 years in some countries. Among 15 to 19-year-olds, suicide is the second leading cause of death worldwide after accidents. The latest Central Statistical Office data on suicide is from 2007 and showed that 111 men and 20 women died from self poisoning and hanging. Mental disease leading to deviant and suicidal behaviour is definitely a problem in Trinidad and Tobago says Secretary of the Association of Psychiatrists, Dr Varma Deyalsingh. He said WHO’s statistics and confirmation from the Health ministry that suicide it is on the rise in this country, is something to be worried about. Deyalsingh said there are many underlying factors that force teenagers to become suicidal or commit suicide, because the teenage years are filled with turmoil. “They go through social and personal changes. It is a time when they begin to make decisions about the future, their hormones are changing… they are looking for answers to their many questions, they are sometimes fearful to ask,” he explained. He said they often have to deal with situations that they cannot change such as the divorce of parents, domestic violence in the home, substance abuse by adults in the home, peer-pressure, relationship break-ups, poor grades, bullying or even sexual abuse. Deyalsingh said all those problems can force a teen into a place where they feel powerless. These influences can cause them to externalise their level of frustration and anger by lashing out at others and becoming violent or it can cause the opposite—hurting themselves. He said studies have also shown that if that child has had a close relative who also committed suicide during turmoil in their life, they are more likely to do the same as they automatically believe suicide is the only way out of a negative situation.

What to look for
Deyalsingh said the first thing family and friends should pay attention to is significant changes in the potential suicide victim’s behaviour. “You can look for general loss of interest for pleasure, change in appetite (eating less or more), withdrawal or over-hyped behaviour, becoming suddenly cheerful after a period of depression, someone who is usually loud becomes an introvert and vice versa. Their sleep patterns may change, they may begin vocalising negative statements such as “life is not worth living” or it was nice knowing you.” He said another warning sign might be their sudden urge to give away things they valued or held dear. He said young people who talk about suicide have a greater risk of attempting it in the future if they haven’t already. Suicide in adults, he said, stems mainly from socio-economic problems, infidelity and depression brought on by perceived failures and rejection or illnesses. He added that the elderly may consider suicide if they are terminally ill, feel they have become a burden to their family or are not able to withstand pain and the constant need for medication. Deyalsingh advises that if someone shows suicidal tendencies, get them help from a psychiatrist, counsellor or psychologist immediately.
System in place
Dealing with a suicidal person is very stressful for family and friends, as most people are not equipped to deal with those scenarios. Suicide victims have to be constantly monitored, and this can become nervewracking for the caregiver. “Any object in the home can be used to hurt themselves, so family members have to constantly hide things and actually put themselves the victim’s frame of mind to keep abreast of what they might do,” said Deyalsingh. He said hospitals may not be the correct place in which to treat suicudal people as psychiatric wards at hospitals are not generally set in a peaceful atmosphere, and this may actually cause more problems. “Remember the mind is where you are attacking. Whatever the cause, the end decision is made up in the mind, therefore the mind is what needs to become well.” Follow-up care is also paramount as a potential suicide victim could relapse if they go back to the situation which created the dilemma in the first place. “Social problems still exist and if the patient’s problem stemmed from a social issue, say financial problems, then I think the Ministry of the People and Social Development and even charitable organisations can step in to ensure that the person is looked after until they are back on their feet. Some may think it not the best idea, but we must start somewhere.

Education is important
The Health minister said his ministry is currently undertaking a study into the various aspects of suicide prevention that should be completed by the end of September. “Education on this topic is what is mostly important. We are working on developing programmes that will provide the public with information on suicide and suicide prevention. It will be taking a much deeper look into the root causes of suicide and what can be done to prevent it,” he said. “The ministry has been putting a lot of emphasis on mental health and well-being. We are becoming more vigilant about this. “People become suicidal for various reasons, finding the root cause is important in order to apply appropriate treatment to that patient,” he said.

ABOUT WORLD SUICIDE PREVENTION DAY The Day is celebrated on September 10 annually. It seeks to promote worldwide commitment and action to prevent suicides. WHO and other partners including the International Association for Suicide Prevention, advocate for the prevention of suicidal behaviour, provision of adequate treatment and follow-up care for people who attempted suicide, as well as responsible reporting of suicides in the media. At the global level, WHO says awareness needs to be raised that suicide is a major preventable cause of premature death. It also stresses that Governments need to develop policy frameworks for national suicide prevention strategies. While at the local level, policy statements and research outcomes need to be translated into prevention programmes and activities in communities across the globe.

Source: Guardian Trinidad and Tobago


Turkey


Istanbul


V. Dünya İntiharı Önleme Günü Sempozyumu

Değerli meslektaşlarım,

Dünya İntiharı Önleme Günü, Dünya Sağlık Örgütü’nün işbirliğiyle Uluslararası İntiharı Önleme Derneği’nin bir girişimi olarak 2003 yılından bu yana düzenlenmektedir.

Bu etkinlikler çerçevesinde Türkiye’de de 2008 yılından itibaren düzenlenen ‘Dünya İntiharı Önleme Günü Sempozyumu’ bu yıl TPD Krize Müdahale ve İntiharı Önleme BÇB tarafından 10.Eylül.2012 Pazartesi günü
İstanbul’da yapılacaktır.

İntihar davranışı, krize müdahale ve intiharı önleme programlarının tartışılacağı, konunun ruh sağlığı bakış açısı yanı sıra farklı disiplinlerin çerçevesinden de ele alınacağı V. Dünya İntiharı Önleme Günü Sempozyumu'nda hepinizi aramızda görmekten onur duyacağız.

Saygılarımla,

Prof. Dr. Tarık Yılmaz

TPD Krize Müdahale ve İntiharı Önleme BÇB Koordinatörü

View the Symposium Program


United Kingdom


Balleymena, Northern Ireland


A NEW group that aims to address suicide in Ballymena is organising a special 'Darkness into light' walk.

Ballymena's first ever Darkness into light walk aimed at raising awareness of suicide is being held on September 10, World Suicide Prevention Day.

The group, Ballymena Action on Suicide Awareness has been formed by a number of residents from the local community to help raise the issue of suicide in the Borough.

BASA gathered from supported from all over the town and starting to grow with the right people and working with all agencies that they can.

World Suicide Prevention Day is an awareness day observed on September 10 every year, in order to provide worldwide commitment and action to prevent suicides, with various activities around the world.

Meeting at the Bandstand, Wellington Street, Ballymena at 4.45am sharp and ending at the Adair Arms Hotel. Everyone and anyone is welcome to join in with the walk which is the first of its kind in Ballymena.

There will be a special guest performance by Alecia Kerr, the UK's No 1 tribute to Pink performing live.

The walk is being financially support by the and managed by the North Antrim Community Network.

To celebrate the launch of BASA's brand new website, they are also holding a Funked Out Reunion night at the Big House on August 31.

Bringing back SHEEP T and some of Ballymena's very own finest DJs for one night only, all in aid of the Basa Ballymena 'Darkness Into Light' walk. Doors open 7pm to late with tickets £7 or pay at the door.

For more information on the walk or for tickets to the Funked Out Reunion, contact Dean Macroary on 07542939750 or visit the Facebook page.

Source

Ballymena Times

PDF version


Bedford, Bedfordshire


Positive steps are being taken to prevent suicides at Bedford Prison, with special events to mark World Suicide Prevention Day this week.
The series of events, which begin on Sunday, are being lead by the prison chaplaincy team, who believes that the events will help prisoners come to terms with their own pasts.
The prison’s coordinating chaplain, Sharon Grenham-Toze said: “We recognise that suicide and self-harm is, sadly, something that does happen in a prison environment.

“People who come into prison are often vulnerable, with complex needs and problems, and a very small minority find the situation impossible to cope with. “It’s also true that some people, whether in jail or not, experience the tragic loss of a loved one through suicide.

“So we want to do all that we can to provide help and support for the men who come into Bedford prison.”

She added: “I wouldn’t say suicide is common, but we do have 5,000 men coming through the doors of the prison every year.

“But it is a sad reality that in prison you do have people that are vulnerable and in crisis, and people who have troubled backgrounds, all of this raises the likelihood.”

On Sunday Sharon will lead a service in the prison chapel, during which anyone who has lost a loved one due to suicide can say some prayers and light a candle in their memory.

And on Monday, which is World Suicide Prevention Day, the prison team will set up remembrance boards around the jail so that prisoners and staff can leave a message for someone they know who has died.

Throughout the year Bedford prison works in conjunction with the Samaritans and prisoners have access to their support. Some inmates are also trained by the charity to offer peer support to fellow prisoners and bereavement counselling is also available.

As well as this all members of staff are trained to recognise signs of vulnerability, and the chaplaincy team provide spiritual support for members of all faiths.

Source: Bedford Today


Belfast, Northern Ireland


WORLD SUICIDE PREVENTION DAY

WALK OUT OF DARKNESS INTO THE DAWN

Programme 10th September 2012

World Suicide Prevention Day is held on September 10th each year as an initiative of the International Association for Suicide Prevention (IASP), and is co-sponsored by the World Health Organization (WHO) the theme for this year's event is "Suicide Prevention across the Globe: Strengthening Protective Factors and Instilling Hope

There are six main points of departure

SOS Hollywood Arches Library - Leaving @ 5.00am

FASA 178 Shankill Rd - Leaving @ 5.15am

PIPS Estorial Park Ardoyne - Leaving @ 4.45am

Belfast LGBT Waring ST - Leaving @ 5.15am

Lighthouse Duncairn Gardens - Leaving @ 5.15am

Suicide Awareness & Support Falls Road - Leaving @ 5.15am

Programme Commencing @ 6am Belfast City Hall


Chair: Tommy Holland

Song: Aiden Logan

Keynote Speaker: Lord Mayor Alderman Gavin Robinson

Young people's perspective: Youth Group

Song: Jim Weir - BALLOON RELEASE

Family Voices: Family Member

Invite to light breakfast: Tommy Holland

Song: Debra Morrison

September 10th, 2012 marks the 10th anniversary of the World Suicide Prevention Day: ten years of research, ten years of prevention, and ten years of education and dissemination of information.

WSPD is of great significance in raising suicide awareness across Northern Ireland. In Belfast we are planning several initiatives to highlight the day. The Belfast wide activities have been organised by representatives from North, South, East and West Belfast which includes representation from the regional Families Voices forum.

Event

The annual 'Walk of Life' event walking, 'Out of the Darkness and into the Dawn' is a planned collective approach to mark World Suicide Prevention Day 10th September 2012. The Lord Mayor of Belfast Alderman Gavin Robinson will be the keynote speaker hosting the event at Belfast City Hall. Other groups from across the province will be in attendance to mark the day as one of hope and reflection. It is anticipated that the event will raise public awareness on the issue and highlight the ongoing work that is taking place to prevent suicide.

The walk is to signify walking through darkness and into the light as an expression of hope for those families and individuals affected by suicide. Groups from across Belfast and further afield from across N.I. will make their way to the City Hall where we will come together as an expression of support and solidarity to mark the day as a worldwide event.

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WALK OUT OF DARKNESS INTO THE LIGHT EVENT AT BELFAST CITY HALL 10TH SEPTEMBER 2012 @ 6AM ACROSS COMMUNITIES LOCALLY AND REGIONALLY

7pm Holy Cross Church, Remembrance service Inter Denominational, Fr. Gary C.P. and Rev Bill Shaw

Light up the sky
Light a remembrance candle, release a balloon or Lantern at your own home or come along to PIPS.

Check out www.pips929.com or www.pipsprogrammes.com Office No 028 9080 5850


Brighton


Grassroots Training is holding a groundbreaking event to mark World Suicide Prevention Day (WSPD) this year.

Join us to mark World Suicide Prevention Day, and launch 'Suicide Safer Brighton,' with:

The theme of World Suicide Prevention Day this year is 'Protective Factors and Instilling Hope' (www.iaso.info/wspd)

You are invited to bring a photo or an object that instills hope in you, to contribute to a photography project.

Can't come in person? the whole thing will be streamed online at www.grassrootstraining.org.uk. Leave a comment to let us know if you'll be logging on.

Facebook - World Suicide Prevention Day: Grassroots Training


Edinburgh


AN area of land dubbed a “suicide hot-spot” is to be transformed into a “hope triangle” thanks to the parents of a young man who died there.

John and Karyn Stewart hope no-one else visiting the area will take the same devastating decision as their son Craig, who chose to end his life there last year aged just 21.

The area of land where Craig and others have died, near Oxgangs Neighbourhood 
Centre in Firrhill Drive, is now set to be transformed into an area which will promote mental health and wellbeing.

John and Karyn looked on yesterday as the project, which has been set up in partnership with Firrhill Community Council, was formally launched.

Karyn said: “We don’t want another family to go through what we have gone through. We didn’t want to put just a bench there because we didn’t want anybody sitting there thinking of doing the same thing.

“We wanted something to make people stop and think if they are having problems, and to remind them that help is out there.”

There was no hint of the torment Craig was going through before he killed himself on July 30 last year.

Craig, nicknamed Cougar, had been apparently enjoying himself with friends and family at home, before he disappeared in the early hours of the morning. He posted a farewell message on his Facebook page and his body was discovered later that day.

More than a year on, his family is still struggling to come to terms with the loss.

“The last time anyone saw him he was in our house, singing and dancing,” Karyn said. “There were no signs – nothing. All of his friends were completely devastated and keep asking us why? But we can’t answer because we don’t know ourselves.

“Craig would do anything for anybody. He would take on anyone’s problems and try to help them. A couple of people have called Craig selfish but we don’t see that at all – we just see how much pain and 
turmoil he must have been in.”

The launch of the hope triangle project was timed to coincide with World Suicide Prevention Day. New fruit trees, benches and plants have already been brought to the area, and it is hoped that a living sculpture – a frame which plants will grow around and where messages can be left – will be added soon.

A scented corridor will lead to the triangle, while messages of hope which were created in art therapy sessions over the summer are to be put up at its entrance and on noticeboards.

Heather Levy, chair of Firrhill Community Council, said: “When the young man committed suicide it left his family and friends absolutely devastated. They approached me and asked if we could do it up in a way that would inspire hope.”

Groups will be able to make use of the space for therapy sessions, while individuals will also be welcome to use the space for reflection.

Ms Levy added: “It’s not just about suicide, it’s about all mental health issues. We want the garden to show that there are other options.”

Source: Edinburgh Evening News


London


U Can Cope - World Suicide Prevention Day 2012 Campaign

Open Minds Alliance CIC, Samaritans, the Royal College of Psychiatrists and Southwick Media Consultancy are leading the U Can Cope multimedia multiagency media campaign to support and promote the 2012 World Suicide Prevention Day (WSPD) on 10 September. The theme of the 2012 WSPD is 'Strengthening Protective Factors and Instilling Hope.'

To this end, we have commissioned a film entitled U Can Cope which will be released on Monday 10 September. The film features compelling stories of surviving suicidal thoughts, with commentaries from Dr Alys Cole-King, a leading psychiatrist in the field, and Professor Stephen Platt, an eminent academic in this area who have both worked closely in the production of this powerful and thought-provoking film.

The film will promote 3 main messages:

  1. Anyone can experience suicidal thoughts.
  2. There is always hope.
  3. There is always help.

This resource has the added benefit of being developed by partner agencies engaged with the Call to Action for Suicide Prevention in England and begins to action the identified consensus priority of developing a shared suicide prevention campaign to improve help-seeking behaviours amongst 'high risk' groups and the whole population.

We will also be highlighting three new Royal College of Psychiatrists' resources:

U Can Cope Charity

The U Can Cope Charity will be set up to fund the development and dissemination of compassionate resources (including web based resources available to all) for people in distress and for those who wish to help them. It will be kindly hosted by the Cronfa Betsi Fund website.

Woman's Hour

On 26 July, Dr Alys Cole-King joined a discussion on Woman's Hour about self-harm in your people. She gave help-seeking advice and explained where parents and carers can get support. promoting help seeking advice and support for parents or carers.

We are working with over a hundred organisations including academics, voluntary groups, Royal Colleges and other professional bodies on the U Can Cope WSPD campaign, and would be delighted if you would be willing to support the initiative. You can keep up to date by following the campaign on Twitter (@UcanCope) and on the Connecting with People website.

the Royal College of Psychiatrists Press Release


Newry, Northern Ireland


After World Suicide Prevention Day on Monday 10th September, a Newry businessman has lent his support to a campaign aimed at raising awareness of the increased need to open up and talk about suicide.

To coincide withWorld Suicide Prevention Day, Graeme Finegan, of Grounded Espresso bars in Newry city centre, has lent his support to a campaign aimed at raising awareness of the increased need to open up and talk about suicide by teaming up with PIPS (Public Initiative for the Prevention of Suicide and Self-Harm) Newry and Mourne for the ‘Prevent Suicide; Reach out – Speak Up’ campaign. Graeme, who grew up Newry is hoping that the local platform his business offers him will encourage people in the area to support the initiative.

Graeme said: “The symbol for this campaign takes the form of a striking green disposable coffee cup with messages emblazoned on the outside such as ‘Speak Up’ and ‘Reach Out’. “Our coffee shops are that place where people come to chat, open up and tellfriends, family or loved ones what is happening in their lives; be it good or bad. No one really knows what is going on in people’s lives but we hope that by people seeing this cup and reading the message it can make everyone more aware of the situation. He added, “We want people to pass on the message and make it stick.” Seamus McCabe from PIPS Newry & Mourne said, “It is our philosophy at PIPS Newry & Mourne that we must participate “on the ground” in our community, to prevent suicide from happening both in Newry and the surrounding Newry & Mourne area and to be apart of this new suicide prevention initiative in partnership with Grounded Espresso in Newry is very encouraging. “The Grounded Espresso Bar is a very popular café in the Newry area, lots of people young and old visit and delight in the service and refreshments but also relax and chat and a simple statement on their coffee cups like ‘Prevent suicide, speak up and reach out’ might encourage someone to seek the help that they need.”


Oxford


The self harm team I work in at Oxford Health NHS FT is holding an afternoon conference with the Oxford University Centre for Suicide Research at the Oxford University Department of Psychiatry in Oxford.

Professor Keith Hawton, Director of the Centre for Suicide Research is opening the afternoon and we have presentations from Trust teams who are leading initiatives with regards to suicde prevention, the local Samaritans, the local PCTs and the self harm team (us!). We are also having a panel discussion about how we can define local suicide prevetnion strategy to reflect national aims.


2012 World Suicide Prevention Day banner in Scottish Gaelic


West Lothian, Scotland


A SERIES of events are to take place in West Lothian as part of suicide prevention week.

West Lothian Community Health and Care Partnership (CHCP) and Choose Life are encouraging people to recognise the signs that someone may be suicidal.

The events come after statistics revealed that last year, the number of suicides spiralled by 68 per cent in West Lothian compared to 2010 figures.

Councillor Frank Toner, chair of West Lothian CHCP, said: "Raising awareness of this important issue is a key priority of the CHCP. Every suicide is a tragic loss of life, leaving a lasting impact on families, friends, partners, carers and communities, but we all have a role to play in suicide prevention."

Suicide Prevention Week takes place from September 2, while World Suicide Prevention day is on September 10.

For further information on the events download the full programme from the CHCP website, www.westlothianchcp.org.uk


Wisbech


We are a minor injuries unit, at the North Cambs Hospital, Wisbech and actively take part in promoting various health issues and awareness from the healthcare promotions calendar.

Please would it be possible for you to forward us with asmall amount of free leaflets, posters, etc to place in our waiting area, so we can raise awareness on this issue.


USA


National Strategy for Suicide Prevention

On September 10, 2012 the Action Alliance, along with the U.S. Surgeon General, Dr. Regina Benjamin, released the revised National Strategy for Suicide Prevention (NSSP). The revised strategy emphasizes the role every American can play in protecting their friends, family members, and colleagues from suicide. It also provides guidance for schools, businesses, health systems, clinicians and many other sectors that takes into account nearly a decade of research and other advancements in the field since the last strategy was published.

The NSSP features 13 goals and 60 objectives with the themes that suicide prevention should:

The revised NSSP is the work product of the National Strategy for Suicide Prevention task force, co-led by Dr. Regina Benjamin, U.S. Surgeon General, and Dr. Jerry Reed, Director of the Suicide Prevention Resource Center.

The Launch

Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius joined the Surgeon General and the Action Alliance Co-Chairs, Secretary of the Army, The Honorable John McHugh and The Honorable Gordon H. Smith, President and CEO, National Association of Broadcasters, for the launch of the revised NSSP. The event also featured the stories of help, hope and recovery from the field. View archived video of the launch event.

Action Alliance Priorities

From the revised NSSP, the Action Alliance has selected four priorities that, when accomplished, will help the group reach its goal of saving 20,000 lives in the next five years. The priorities were chosen because of their potential to produce the systems-level change necessary to substantially lower the burden of suicide in our nation. The priorities chosen are:

  1. Integrate suicide prevention into health care reform and encourage the adoption of similar measures in the private sector.
  2. Transform health care systems to significantly reduce suicide.
  3. Change the public conversation around suicide and suicide prevention.
  4. Increase the quality, timeliness, and usefulness of surveillance data regarding suicidal behaviors.

Source: Action Alliance for Suicide Prevention


National Suicide Prevention Week

38th Annual National Suicide Prevention Week

Collaborations in Suicidology: Bridging the Disciplines
September 9th - 5th, 2012

2012 National Suicide Prevention Week: Media & Information Kit


National Council for Suicide Prevention (NCSP)

On behalf of the members of the USA's National Council for Suicide Prevention (NCSP), I am pleased to share with you our efforts to recognize and support World Suicide Prevention Day 2012.

To assist in the efforts and to increase participation in the International Association for Suicide Prevention's WSPD, this week we launched an updated website and online event from last year as a way of encouraging even more people to join the suicide prevention movement. www.Take5ToSaveLives.org is our way of helping get people involved in easy ways. This year's new Take5 website incorporates a new color scheme and follows the IASP's theme of "Suicide Prevention across the Globe: Strengthening Protective Factors and Instilling Hope." It also includes a link to the National Lifeline Gallery where people can find stories of hope and recovery. We hope people find it engaging, easy to use and that you will share it with as many people as possible.

How you can help
To help spread the word about the Take5 website and WSPD, we've attached logos (square and rectangle) for the event that you can use on websites, in email blasts and on your Facebook pages. In addition, this year we've created banners and also created and attached 2 one-page documents explaining how you can help, either as an individual or an organization which will come in another email as the listserv has a maximum size capacity to send in one email. Suggested Tweets and Posts are included for everyone to join this virtual movement. A Facebook event page and Twitter feed are available for you to participate in the conversation as well and can be linked to on the Take5 site. (Below you will find the same information in an email version that you can forward on to those who may not want to open attachments.)

Together we hope to make this a top trend on Twitter and have thousands join in on Facebook as well as many other online networks.

Dan Reidenberg, PsyD
Executive Director - SAVE
Managing Director - NCSP
US Representative - IASP

Take 5 Banner 21 x 33

Take 5 Banner 28 x 11

Take 5 Flyers

Take 5 Flyers (Organizational)

Take 5 Web logo

Take 5 Facebook logo


Anchorage, Alaska


Party for Prevention
Join us on September 8, 2012

Event Details
Where:
JL Tower 3800 Centerpoint Dr.
Anchorage, Alaska
Starts: 09/08/2012 @ 6:30 pm
Ends: 9:30 pm
Check-in Time: 6:30 pm to 9:00 pm
Ticket Cutoff: 09/07/2012 11:45 pm
Donation Cutoff: 12/31/2012 11:45 pm
Contact: Dennis Lasley
Phone: 907-250-1890
E-mail Address:dennis.afspak@gmail.com
Tickets: $50

Website

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Flags exhibit represents lives lost to suicide
Flags on display by a UAA sculpture at the intersection of Spirit Way and Seawolf Drive. (Photos courtesy of Nick Foote) An estimated 1,100 college students in the United States committed suicide last year. The UAA Student Health and Counseling Center is displaying a “1,100 red flags” exhibit on campus as a memorial on, which began Sept. 10 — World Suicide Prevention Day. The timing also coincides with National Suicide Prevention Week, Sept. 9-15.

“The red flags stand for the warning signs to look for when someone you know has suicide ideation,” said Georgia DeKeyser, associate director and psychiatric nurse practitioner for the SHCC.

Director Bette Fenn and family nurse practitioner Betty Bang placed flags for World Suicide Prevention Day. Imagine finding someone lying on the floor bleeding to death. The first instinct would be to call for help. DeKeyser likened this to suicide prevention. If someone says they are contemplating suicide, people should have the same urgency to call for help.

“Be direct. Don’t beat around the bush. Say the words, ‘I care about you and I’m afraid you’re going to hurt yourself,’” DeKeyser said. “Find help. Don’t be that person who is regretful.”

DeKeyser said suicide is the second most common cause of death for college students aged 18-24. Still, as telling as statistics are, students do not feel a need to pay attention unless the subject is made more personal.

“When we stand in the halls and say the words, ‘Suicide prevention week,’ and hand out flyers, students don’t seem to be interested. When we say to them, ‘Be ready to help a friend,’ that’s very compelling. They take the flyers. Friends are very important,” DeKeyser said.

The 1,100 red flags exhibit will be up until Thursday. In addition, UAA will host various booths throughout campus with information abou suicide prevention all week.

Marianne Johnstone-Petty and Theresa Schultz place flags in the ground Monday Sept. 10. Heather Chord, graduate research assistant at the Center for Behavioral Health Research and Services, said they will have booths in the Student Union and in Gorsuch Commons. Chord said they will promote their “gatekeeper” training program for students who want to become involved with their integrated suicide prevention initiative.

“Pay attention to those red flags,” DeKeyser continued. “You could save a friend’s life.”

For more information about specific dates and times for booths on campus during National Suicide Prevention Week, call the SHCC at 786-4040 or the CBHRS at 786-6381. Resources and contacts for information on suicide prevention and help hotlines are also available at the SHCC, room 116/120 in Rasmuson Hall.


Emmonak, Alaska


Thank you for supporting the first annual World Suicide Prevention Day weekend event held in Emmonak, Alaska during September 9-11, 2011. With the help of your donations, the event was outstanding! Hundreds of residents participated in suicide prevention awareness and the youth participated in community activities.

The weekend was filled with games, barbecues, and lectures on suicide prevention, a candlelight vigil, and floating messages to lost ones. Since the first annual Suicide Prevention Day weekend event was such a big hit last year, we are doing it again this September 2012. This year's World Suicide Prevention Day theme is "Suicide Prevention Across the Globe: Strengthening Protective Factors and Instilling Hope." With this event, we are trying to prevent suicide in our region's villages and promote a healthy happy lifestyle.

Kwikpak World Suicide Prevention Day Committee
Emmonak, AK

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Yuma, Arizona


Native Cry has produced a suicide prevention PSA, now available on YouTube, The organization is scheduled to be fully operational on September 10 of this year, World Suicide Prevention Day.

Source: Indian Country Today Media Network


Anaheim, California


Disneyland ® Half Marathon

Out of the Darkness Half Marathon

Starts:09/02/2012 at 5:45am
Ends:10:00am
Check-in Time:5:30am to 5:45am
Registration Cutoff: 08/02/2012 3:00pm
Donation Cutoff: 09/02/2012 12:00am
Contact:Jessica van der Stad
Phone:760-459-9959
E-mail Address:jvanderstad@afsp.org

Website


Santa Rosa, California


To commemorate World Suicide Prevention Day on September 10, 2012, the National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) Sonoma County is sponsoring a day of education and awareness addressing the difficult, yet crucial topic of suicide and its impact in our local community.

Speakers will cover a range of topics diversely relevant and intriguing to any that have interests in the mental health field; whether you are a student, advocate, para-professional, client, family member, or in a provider position, there is something here for you!

This free symposium will take place from 8:30am-4:00pm on September 10th, 2012 at 547 Mendocino Ave. Santa Rosa, CA (The Glaser Center/ Unitarian Universalist Congregation) Pre-registration is required. To register for free, please visit: http://namisonoma.eventbrite.com.


Highlands Ranch, Colorado


South Metro Walk

Where: Highlands Ranch HS - 9375 Cresthill Lane
Highlands Ranch, Colorado
Starts:09/08/2012 @ 10:00 am
Ends:12:00 pm
Check-in Time:9:00 am to 10:00 am
Registration Cutoff:09/07/2012 2:00 pm
Donation Cutoff:01/01/2013 12:00 am
Contact:Sheri Cole (contact info below) and Judy Cole (303.499.2054, judycole@hypermall.net)
Phone:303-565-9215
E-mail Address:cole1235@comcast.net

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Clearwater Beach, Florida


Casino Night to Benefit AFSP Tampa Bay
Join us on September 8, 2012

Event Details
Where:
The Sheraton Sand Key Resort
Clearwater Beach, Florida
Starts: 09/08/2012 @ 7:00 pm
Ends: 09/09/2012 @ 12:00 am
Check-in Time: 7:00 pm to 9:00 pm
Ticket Cutoff: 09/08/2012 10:00 pm
Donation Cutoff: 09/10/2012 12:00 pm
Tickets Individual: $40
Tickets Couple: $65
Contact: Renee Thompson
Phone: 727-543-5000
E-mail Address:reneethompsonlcsw@live.com

Website


Fort Lauderdale, Florida


World Suicide Prevention Day Workshop being held in Fort Lauderdale, FL

2-1-1 Broward will be holding a Suicide Prevention Workshop on Monday, September 10th in observance of World Suicide Prevention Day at 6pm at the Tyrone Bryant Library, 2230 NW 21st Ave.

This workshop will help raise awareness about suicide prevention. The World Health Organization reports that approximately one million people worldwide die by suicide each year. This corresponds to one death by suicide every 40 seconds. The number of lives lost each year through suicide exceeds the number of deaths due to homicide and war combined.

The workshop will feature expert panelists from nonprofit organizations who advocate groups with a higher risk of suicide. The entire community is invited to learn important information that may help them save someone's life.

World Suicide Prevention Day is co-sponsored by the World Health Organization (WHO) and the International Association for Suicide Prevention (IASP), a global association of academics, mental health professionals, crisis workers, volunteers, and suicide survivors from over 50 countries who are devoted to preventing suicidal behavior, and alleviating its effects.

Contact Information
Melinda Pollard, Community Partnerships Manager
954-390-0493
mpollard@211-broward.org


Oviedo, Florida


Oviedo Out of the Darkness Walk
Join us on September 9, 2012

Event Details
Where:
Oviedo Mall
Oviedo, Florida
Starts: 09/09/2012 @ 8:00 am
Ends: 10:00 am
Check-in Time: 7:00 am to 8:00 am
Registration Cutoff: 09/07/2012 12:00 pm
Donation Cutoff: 01/01/2013 12:00 am
Contact: Kit Moody
Phone: 407-739-7961
E-mail Address:kmoody55@cfl.rr.com

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West Palm Beach, Florida


I am a professor in our psychology department and discussed suicide prevention as our topic for the day on September 10 in our Clinical Psychology Practicum course at Palm Beach Atlantic University in West Palm Beach, FL, to participate in World Suicide Prevention Day.

Claire Wolan


Bloomington, Illinois


Bloomington-Normal Walk

Where: Tipton Park: 2410 G.E. Road
Bloomington, Illinois
Starts:09/08/2012 at 10:30 am
Ends:11:30 am
Check-in Time:9:30 am to 10:30 am
Registration Cutoff:09/07/2012 1:00 pm
Donation Cutoff:01/01/2013 12:00 am
Contact:Bloomington/Normal Walk Committee
Phone:309-830-3007
E-mail Address:illinois@afsp.org

Website


Rockford, Illinois


Rockford Community Walk
Join us on September 8, 2012

Event Details
Where:
Anderson Japanese Gardens
Rockford, Illinois
Starts: 09/08/2012 @ 11:00 am
Ends: 12:00 pm
Check-in Time: 10:00 am to 11:00 am
Registration Cutoff: 09/07/2012 1:00 pm
Donation Cutoff: 01/01/2013 12:00 am
Contact: Rockford Walk Committee
Phone: 815-608-1750
E-mail Address:illinois@afsp.org
Please post the Out of the Darkness Rockford Community Walk Flyer is around town! Click Here for the Flyer! Thank you for your support of suicide prevention in the Rockford!

Walk for the Rockford Community! Walk to Support the Cause! Walk to Raise Awareness! Walk to Honor a Loved One! Walk to Save Lives!

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Mankato, Kansas


Mankato/Jewell County Walk
Join us on September 8, 2012

Event Details
Where:
Lake Emerson
Mankato, Kansas
Starts: 09/08/2012 @ 4:00 pm
Ends: 5:00 pm
Check-in Time: 3:30 pm to 4:00 pm
Registration Cutoff: 09/07/2012 1:00 pm
Donation Cutoff: 01/01/2013 12:00 am
Contact: Amanda Frampus (leave message at # below, or email)
Phone: 785-282-4485
E-mail Address:kansas4afsp@live.com

Website


New Orleans, Lousiana


New Orleans Walk

Where: Audubon Park
New Orleans, Louisiana
Starts:09/08/2012 at 10:00 am
Ends:12:00 pm
Check-in Time:9:30 am to 10:00 am
Registration Cutoff:09/07/2012 1:00 pm
Donation Cutoff:01/01/2013 12:00 am
Contact:Helen Lundy
Phone:985-764-0140
E-mail Address:hlundy926@gmail.com

Website


Annapolis, Maryland


Annapolis Walk

Where: St. Paul Lutheran Church
Annapolis, Maryland
Starts:09/08/2012 at 10:00 am
Ends:12:00 pm
Check-in Time:9:00 am to 10:00 am
Registration Cutoff:09/07/2012 12:00 pm
Donation Cutoff:01/01/2013 12:00 am
Contact:Kimberly Gleason
Phone:978-568-0818
E-mail Address:kgleason@afsp.org

Website


Iron Mountain, Michigan


Dickinson County Walk
Join us on September 8, 2012

Event Details
Where:
City Park
Iron Mountain, Michigan
Starts: 09/08/2012 @ 12:00 pm
Ends: 4:00 pm
Check-in Time: 9:30 am to 11:30 pm
Registration Cutoff: 09/07/2012 1:00 pm
Donation Cutoff: 01/01/2013 12:00 am
Contact: Carole Waitrovich (Chair - info below) and Tina Tappy (Co-Chair - 715-712-1259, teetappy@charter.net
Phone: 906-396-7819
E-mail Address:letswalk4agr8cause@hotmail.com

Website


Lapeer, Michigan


Lapeer County Walk
Join us on September 8, 2012

Event Details
Where:
Rowden Park
Lapeer, Michigan
Starts: 09/08/2012 @ 12:00 pm
Ends: 4:00 pm
Check-in Time: 11:00 am to 12:00 pm
Registration Cutoff: 09/07/2012 12:00 pm
Donation Cutoff: 01/01/2013 12:00 am
Contact: Amanda Elliott (info below); Karen Ballard- karenballard@yahoo.com; Sue Davis- davissue23@yahoo.com
Phone: 810-338-9129
E-mail Address:capacafsp@gmail.com

Website


Pine City, Minnesota


Pine City Out of the Darkness Walk

Where: VFW near the Pine County Fairgrounds
Pine City, Minnesota
Starts:09/08/2012 at 9:00 am
Ends:12:30 pm
Check-in Time:8:30 am to 9:00 am
Registration Cutoff:09/07/2012 1:00 pm
Donation Cutoff:01/01/2013 12:00 am
Contact:Cindy Olson
Phone:320-245-2940
E-mail Address:rocrun_99@yahoo.com

Website


Red Wing, Minnesota


Red Wing Out of the Darkness Walk

Where: Bay Point Park
Red Wing, Minnesota
Starts:09/08/2012 at 9:00 am
Ends:10:30 am
Check-in Time:8:00 am to 9:00 am
Registration Cutoff:09/07/2012 1:00 pm
Donation Cutoff:01/01/2013 12:00 am
Contact:Gloria Krause Barker
Phone:651-253-6615
E-mail Address:glo_mikey@hotmail.com

Website


Warrensburg, Missouri


Warrensburg Out of the Darkness Walk
Join us on September 8, 2012

Event Details
Where:
UCM library's South parking lot #32
Warrensburg, Missouri
Starts: 09/08/2012 @ 11:00 am
Ends: 1:00 pm
Check-in Time: 10:00 am to 11:00 am
Registration Cutoff: 09/07/2012 1:00 pm
Donation Cutoff: 01/01/2013 12:00 am
Contact: Mandy Barton
Phone: 660-909-2058
E-mail Address:nursing_girl_83@yahoo.com
*Online registration closes at noon the Friday before the walk. However, anyone who would like to participate can register in person at the walk! Please know that walk donations are accepted until December 31st 2012.

Walk will begin at UCM library's South parking lot #32.
(13S to Carpenter (R) then first parking lot on right)

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Miles City, Montana


Miles City Walk


Where: Wibaux Park
Miles City, Montana
Starts:09/08/2012 at 11:00 am
Ends:1:00 pm
Check-in Time:10:00 am to 11:00 am
Registration Cutoff:09/07/2012 2:00 pm
Donation Cutoff:01/01/2013 12:00 am
Contact:Carla R BichlerPhone:406-234-4621
E-mail Address:crbichler@hotmail.com

Website


Missoula, Montana


Missoula Walk
Join us on September 9, 2012

Event Details
Where:
University of Montana Oval
Missoula, Montana
Starts: 09/09/2012 @ 2:00 pm
Ends: 4:00 pm
Check-in Time: 1:00 pm to 2:00 pm
Registration Cutoff: 09/07/2012 2:00 pm
Donation Cutoff: 01/01/2013 12:00 am
Contact: Leslie Wornath
Phone: 406-546-0509
E-mail Address:lesliemace@ymail.com

Website


Alliance, Nebraska


Alliance Walk


Where:Alliance High PAC 14th/Box Butte Ave
Alliance, Nebraska
Starts:09/08/2012 @ 10:00 am
Ends:11:30 am
Check-in Time:9:00 am to 10:00 am
Registration Cutoff:09/07/2012 2:00 pm
Donation Cutoff:01/01/2013 12:00 am
Contact:Janelle Hansen
Phone:308-487-3600 Ext: 105
E-mail Address:hansenj@pphd.org

Website


Scottsbluff, Nebraska


Scottsbluff Out of the Darkness Walk


Where: Monument Valley Pathway
Scottsbluff, Nebraska
Starts:09/08/2012 at 10:00 am
Ends:12:00 pm
Check-in Time:9:00 am to 10:00 am
Registration Cutoff:09/07/2012 12:00 pm
Donation Cutoff:01/01/2013 12:00 am
Contact:Sue Teal
Phone:308-632-4412 Ext: 2189
E-mail Address:steal@pmhc.net

Website


Westmont (Haddon Township), New Jersey


On September, 10, 2012, from 10:00 AM to 3:00 PM Eastern Time, at The Starting Point Counseling Center at 215 Highland Avenue, Suite C, Westmont (Haddon Township), NJ 08108, USA, we will be offering our suicide awareness and prevention workshop, entitled: "Creative Crisis Care: Suicide Denied". It will be in the large conference room in the back. We can probably fit about 50 people. We will be sending out invitations and publicizing the event. We will be inviting both clinicians and consumers. It will be by RSVP. There will not be a fee. We encourage attendees to make a donation to The Starting Point for the use of the space. There will be a donation basket. There will be a potluck lunch break at around 12:30 PM. The workshop itself is approximately four hours.

The essential mission of Creative Crisis Care is to provide awareness and education for a general audience on the issue of suicide, while creating a safe environment for participants to explore their thoughts and feelings about their relationship to the subject. The Creative Crisis Care Workshop covers both awareness and prevention.

The Creative Crisis Care process uses interactive games, writing, mime, role playing and art. Techniques are taught to ascertain whether a person is in crisis and the best way to support them.

We have been presenting this workshop for two years now to self-help centers and other mental health facilities, DBSA meetings, mental health conferences and other organizations. We have also presented this workshop to clinicians for CEU credits.

We are looking for at least one speaker from the mental health field to speak at our workshop. We will have the capability to Skype the speaker in on a 32" television.

For more information and a highlights video of this workshop, please visit: www.creativecommunicationbuilders.com.


Los Alamos, New Mexico

The Los Alamos National Laboratory will be presenting on Workplace Suicide Awareness and Prevention.


Ithaca, New York


Ithaca OOTD Walk

Where:Cass Park - 701 Taughannock Blvd
Ithaca, New York
Starts:09/08/2012 at 11:00 am
Ends:1:30 pm
Check-in Time:10:00 am to 11:00 am
Registration Cutoff:09/07/2012 12:00 pm
Donation Cutoff:01/01/2013 12:00 am
Contact:Stacy Ayres
Phone:607-327-3370
E-mail Address:ayres_stacy@yahoo.com

Website


New York, New York


CONNECT training for community postvention can create or expand your postvention teams capacity to help it's communities respond to suicide death. Connect is designed to reduce risk and promote healing following a suicide death and is a designated National Best Practice program. Suicide deaths not only affect family but frequently create larger community distress; suicide clusters may follow. CONNECT helps communities prepare for suicide deaths and to mobilize to prevent suicide clusters. Postvention is Prevention!

September 12, 2012
9am-4pm
New York Foundling
27 Christopher Street New York, NY 10014 To register: Ketsia Delarossa-Tores at (212) 660-1306 For information: Silvia Giliotti at (212) 330-6361


Old Westbury, New York


QPR stands for Question, Persuade, and Refer -- 3 simple steps that anyone can learn to help save a life from suicide. Just as people trained in CPR and the Heimlich Maneuver help save thousands of lives each year, people trained in QPR learn how to recognize the warning signs of a suicide crisis and how to question, persuade, and refer someone to help.

September 10, 2012
2 p.m. to 3:30 p.m.
SUNY College at Old Westbury
223 Store Hill Rd
Old Westbury, NY 11568
Contact: Silvia Giliotti Silvia.Giliotti@omh.ny.gov


Oneonta, New York


Oneonta NY Walk

Where: Neahwa Park
Oneonta, New York
Starts:09/08/2012 at 11:00 am
Ends:1:00 pm
Check-in Time:9:00 am to 11:00 am
Registration Cutoff:09/07/2012 12:00 pm
Donation Cutoff:01/01/2013 12:00 am
Contact:Donna Lange
Phone:607-267-6288
E-mail Address:donnalange30@yahoo.com

Website


Warwick, New York


Orange County NY Walk
Join us on September 9, 2012

Event Details
Where:
Warwick Valley HS-89 89 Sanfordville Rd
Warwick, New York
Starts: 09/09/2012 @ 8:30 am
Ends: 10:30 am
Check-in Time: 7:30 am to 8:30 am
Registration Cutoff: 09/07/2012 12:00 pm
Donation Cutoff: 01/01/2013 12:00 am
Contact: Sean Gerow
Phone: 914-443-3391
E-mail Address:sgerow@familyempowerment.org
*Luminary Walk at 6:30am*

Website


Florence, North Carolina


Virginia College in Florence will have a candle lit outside of the Student Services Office as well as resources for suicide prevention. We will be giving out ribbons for people to wear in honor or memory of loved ones. We will hang flyers in the bathrooms for information if students would rather obtain it privately. Thank you for all the resources!


Jamestown, North Dakota


Stutsman County Community Walk

Where: McElroy Park Sertoma Shelter
Jamestown, North Dakota
Starts:09/08/2012 at 10:00 am
Ends:12:00 pm
Check-in Time:9:00 am to 10:00 am
Registration Cutoff:09/07/2012 1:00 pm
Donation Cutoff:01/01/2013 12:00 am
Contact:Miranda Erickson
Phone:701-952-2709
E-mail Address:merickson13@hotmail.com

Website


Minot, North Dakota


Minot Walk
Join us on September 8, 2012

Event Details
Where:
Roosevelt Park
Minot, North Dakota
Starts: 09/08/2012 @ 2:00 pm
Ends: 4:00 pm
Check-in Time: 1:00 pm to 2:00 pm
Registration Cutoff: 09/07/2012 1:00 pm
Donation Cutoff: 01/01/2013 12:00 am
Contact: Richard Townsend
Phone: 701-838-5553
E-mail Address:townsend83@srt.com

Website


Big Island, Hawaii

Hawaii and the Big Island are joining with communities across the nation and world next week to raise awareness about suicides, their prevention and support available to families.

Efforts during National Suicide Prevention Week will include World Suicide Prevention Day on Monday, Sept. 10. "Collaborations in Suicidology: Bridging the Disciplines" is this year's national theme.

Big Island activities include public awareness sign-waving across the island by the Hawaii Island East Side Task Force.

Also, suicide awareness presentations will be given in local high schools in Kona and a candlelight vigil for suicide survivors will be held at St. Michael's Catholic Church in Kona. For information visit http://preventsuicidekona.com/.

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Amherst, Ohio


Our highschool soccer team (Amherst Lady Comets) is all wearing yellow ribbons for national suicide prevention day. We are honoring a girl from Avon Lake who just commited suicide. -Lindsay Sands (Amherst, OH) United States.


Cleveland, Ohio


Cleveland Walk
Join us on September 8, 2012

Event Details
Where:
Wade Oval, University Circle
Cleveland, Ohio
Starts: 09/08/2012 @ 1:00 pm
Ends: 4:00 pm
Check-in Time: 11:00 am to 1:00 pm
Registration Cutoff: 09/07/2012 12:00 pm
Donation Cutoff: 01/01/2013 12:00 am
Contact: Kathleen Shields
Phone: 216-848-0070
E-mail Address:afspcle@gmail.com

Website


Sylvania, Ohio


Toledo Walk

Where: Centennial Quarry and Terrace
Sylvania, Ohio
Starts:09/08/2012 at 10:00 am
Ends:12:00 pm
Check-in Time:9:30 am to 10:00 am
Registration Cutoff:09/07/2012 12:00 pm
Donation Cutoff:01/01/2013 12:00 am
Contact:Jodi and Clay Hepler
Phone:419-277-1946
E-mail Address:walk.in.toledo-AFSP@hotmail.com

Website


Oklahoma City, Oklahoma


Out of the Darkness March
The Oklahoma City Zoo-2101 NE 50
Oklahoma City, Oklahoma
Starts:09/08/2012 at 8:00am
Ends:10:00 am
Check-in Time:7:00am to 8:00am
Registration Cutoff:09/07/2012 1:00pm
Donation Cutoff:01/01/2013 12:00am
Contact:David Threatt
Phone:405-921-8559
E-mail Address:AFSPOKC@yahoo.com

Website


Tulsa, Oklahoma


Tulsa Out of the Darkness Walk

Where: Riverside Park West Ampitheater
Tulsa, Oklahoma
Starts:09/08/2012 at 10:30 am
Ends:1:00 pm
Check-in Time:9:30 am to 10:30 am
Registration Cutoff:09/07/2012 12:00 pm
Donation Cutoff:01/01/2013 12:00 am
Contact:Robin Hudson and Joan Benedict (918-812-7609)Phone:918-289-3631
E-mail Address:afspwalktulsa@live.com

Website


Altoona, Pennsylvania


Blair County Walk
Join us on September 8, 2012

Event Details
Where:
Mansion Park
Altoona, Pennsylvania
Starts: 09/08/2012 @ 12:00 pm
Ends: 4:00 pm
Check-in Time: 11:00 am to 12:00 pm
Registration Cutoff: 09/07/2012 12:00 pm
Donation Cutoff: 01/01/2013 12:00 am
Contact: Heather L. Carruthers
Phone: 814-935-4113
E-mail Address:afspcarruthers12@yahoo.com

Website


Clifford, Pennsylvania


Clifford Out of the Darkness Walk
Join us on September 9, 2012

Event Details
Where:
Town Of Clifford
Clifford, Pennsylvania
Starts: 09/09/2012 @ 1:00 pm
Ends: 5:00 pm
Check-in Time: 11:00 am to 1:00 pm
Registration Cutoff: 09/07/2012 12:00 pm
Donation Cutoff: 01/01/2013 12:00 am
Contact: Jessie White and Karen Burnett-White
Phone: 570-267-0242
E-mail Address:karenbw44@netzero.net

Website


Warwick, Rhode Island


Warwick Out of the Darkness Walk

Where: Goddard Memorial State Park
Warwick, Rhode Island
Starts:09/08/2012 at 10:00 am
Ends:12:00 pmCheck-in Time:9:00 am to 10:00 am
Registration Cutoff:09/07/2012 12:00 pm
Donation Cutoff:01/01/2013 12:00 am
Contact:Gail WaynePhone:401-219-7256
E-mail Address:migirlsx3@aol.com

Website


Johnson City, Tennessee


Hello to All! Here in Johnson City, TN, USA, we will be commemorating National Suicide Prevention Week, as well as World Suicide Prevention Day, with a series of events, including:

Currently, please visit us on: Facebook; and Twitter!

Best wishes to all!

Jameson K. Hirsch, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor
Department of Psychology
East Tennessee State University
P.O. Box 70649
Johnson City, TN 37614
Email
Faculty Wesite
Phone: (423) 439-4463
Fax: (423) 439-5695


Houston, Texas


MHMRA of Harris County, in Houston, TX, plans to send a news release about suicide prevention to our media contacts.


Newport, Vermont


Newport VT Walk

Where: Gardner Park Gazebo
Newport, Vermont
Starts:09/08/2012 at 9:30 am Ends:11:30 pm
Check-in Time:9:00 am to 9:30 am
Registration Cutoff:09/07/2012 12:00 pm
Donation Cutoff:01/01/2013 12:00 am
Contact:Mary ButlerPhone:802-744-6284
E-mail Address:butlerm@sisna.com
Check-in time: 9:00 - 9:30
Program: 9:30-10:00
Walk: 10:00-11:30
Refreshments will be available at start and finish.

Website


Fairfax, Virginia


Fairfax NOVA Out of the Darkness Walk

Where: George Mason University, Fairfax Campus
Fairfax, Virginia
Starts:09/08/2012 at 10:00 am
Ends:11:30 am
Check-in Time:8:30 am to 10:00 am
Registration Cutoff:09/07/2012 12:00 pm
Donation Cutoff:01/01/2013 12:00 am
Contact:Steve Iselin
Phone:703-239-0641
E-mail Address:ncachapter.afsp@gmail.com

Website


Radford, Virginia


Radford Walk
Join us on September 8, 2012

Event Details
Where:
Bisset Park
Radford, Virginia
Starts: 09/08/2012 @ 1:00 pm
Ends: 3:00 pm
Check-in Time: 12:00 pm to 1:00 pm
Registration Cutoff: 09/07/2012 12:00 pm
Donation Cutoff: 01/01/2013 12:00 am
Contact: Denise Hancock
Phone: 540-980-7231
E-mail Address:buckhancock@rocketmail.com

Website


Virginia Beach, Virginia


Hampton Roads VA Walk

Where: Mt. Trashmore
Virginia Beach, Virginia
Starts:09/08/2012 at 9:30 am
Ends:12:30 pm
Check-in Time:8:30 am to 9:30 am
Registration Cutoff:09/07/2012 12:00 pm
Donation Cutoff:01/01/2013 12:00 am
Contact:Chris Gilchrist
Phone:757-483-5111E-mail
Address:kgleason@afsp.org

Please visit www.sos-walk.orgfor more detailed information.


Charleston, West Virginia


Messages For Hope, Inc
Debbie Cardwell
USA
Charleston WV

Daniel Boone Park

We are having a quiet get together by the Kanawha River with Music and a couple guest speakers followed by a ceremonial releasing of floating lotus candles into the river in memory of the many we have lost to suicide around the world. Casual dress, bring bag chairs, or blankets. Ample Parking and Restrooms Available.


Ronceverte, West Virginia



Debbie Cardwell
Presented by Messages For Hope

USA
Ronceverte, WV
Island Park Amphitheater

Begins at 6:30, with music, speakers. Followed by Floating Lotus Candle Ceremony into the Greenbrier River.


Eau Claire, Wisconsin


Eau Claire Walk

Where: Owen Park/Chippewa River Trail
Eau Claire, Wisconsin
Starts:09/08/2012 at 10:00 am
Ends:12:00 pmCheck-in Time:9:00 am to 10:00 am
Registration Cutoff:09/07/2012 1:00 pm
Donation Cutoff:01/01/2013 12:00 am
Contact:Amanda Kircher and Natalie Carlsten
Phone:715-225-2981
E-mail Address:outofthedarknesseauclaire@gmail.com

Website


Fond du Lac, Wisconsin


Fond du Lac Walk

Where: Marian University
Fond du Lac, Wisconsin
Starts:09/08/2012 at 10:00 am
Ends:12:00 pmCheck-in Time:9:00 am to 10:00 am
Registration Cutoff:09/07/2012 1:00 pm
Donation Cutoff:01/01/2013 12:00 am
Contact:Colleen Higgins
Phone:920-251-6395
E-mail Address:schlidts65@msn.com

Website


New Munster, Wisconsin


Labor of Love Music Festival

Where: New Munster Ball Park
34315 Geneva Rd. New Munster, Wisconsin
Starts:09/02/2012 at 11:00am
Ends:6:00pm
Check-in Time:N/A
Registration Cutoff:09/01/2012 11:45pm
Donation Cutoff:12/31/2012 11:45pm
Contact:Shannon Riley
Phone:907-299-7548
E-mail Address:info@laboroflovefestival.org

Website


Sheridan, Wyoming


Wyoming Out of the Darkness Walk
Join us on September 8, 2012

Event Details
Where:
Grinnell Plaza
Sheridan, Wyoming
Starts: 09/08/2012 @ 11:00 am
Ends: 12:00 pm
Check-in Time: 10:00 am to 11:00 am
Registration Cutoff: 09/07/2012 2:00 pm
Donation Cutoff: 01/01/2013 12:00 am
Contact: Vanessa Hastings
Phone: 307-763-3055
E-mail Address:vanessahastings@nwymhc.org
*Online registration closes at noon the Friday before the walk. However, anyone who would like to participate can register in person at the walk! Please know that walk donations are accepted until December 31st 2012.

A public parking lot lies directly northeast of Grinnell Plaza. Parallel parking also is available throughout the downtown area. Main north-south routes for parking in that area include, from west to east, Brooks Street, Main Street, Gould Street, and Scott Street.

Website


US Army

Army Suicide Prevention Month - A Healthy Force is a Ready Force

Mission

Enhance the development of a healthy Force and join our Nation in observing National Suicide Prevention Week 10 -14 Sep 12 and World Suicide Prevention Day 10 Sep 12. Expand our observance with events occurring during the entire month of September, focusing efforts on total Army Family well-being, resilience, stigma reduction and positive results achieved by getting involved and reaching out for help.

In support of Suicide Prevention Month, the Army will conduct an Army-wide Suicide Prevention Stand-Down under the theme: "Shoulder to Shoulder, We Stand Up For Life". Additionally, the HQDA-sponsored Health Fair is held in the Pentagon courtyard on 12 - 13 Sept 2012.

During Suicide Prevention Month the Army emphasizes Total Force awareness of Health Promotion, Risk Reduction, Suicide Prevention (HPRRSP) and Comprehensive Solider and Family Fitness (CSF2) resources that are available to promote the resilience of Soldiers, Army Civilians and Family members. Increased emphasis is placed on promoting the recognition of suicide risk factors and training that targets suicide prevention and intervention. The Army remains steadfast in maintaining a healthy and ready force with empowered leaders dedicated to saving lives while preserving our nation's security.

Browse the Website to find resources, talking points, posters, activities and more.

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"Our efforts to promote health, reduce risk, and prevent suicides are continuous and relevant across the entire force," said Walter Morales, chief, Army Suicide Prevention Program, Army G-1. "They include programs that target and focus on prevention, resilience, intervention skills, access to behavioral health and many others that contribute to the overall fitness and discipline of our force."

This coming September, Morales said, the nation will observe "Suicide Prevention Week" and "World Suicide Prevention Day." During that time, he said, the Army will expand its own observance to the entire month of September. That extra effort will allow for maximum exposure of the resources the Army makes available to Soldiers to prevent suicides and to reinforce a cultural change in Army ranks.

"This cultural change would call for all of us to remain personally committed to providing available resources to support the overall fitness of our peers, battle buddies, co-workers, friends, and family members," Morales said.

Source:

Fort Gordon Signal - Behavioral researchers help Army combat suicides


Vatican City


Radio Vatikan

Welttag der Suizid-Prävention: „Pathos der Freiheit gibt es nicht“

Immer mehr ältere Menschen, vor allem ältere Männer, nehmen sich in Deutschland selbst das Leben. Das berichtet der Leiter der katholischen Notfallseelsorge im Erzbistum München, Andreas Müller-Cyran, im Radio Vatikan-Wocheninterview. Am kommenden Montag, dem 10. September, wird der Welttag der Suizid-Prävention begangen. Allein in Deutschland begehen laut Angaben der Deutschen Gesellschaft für Suizidprävention jährlich über 11.000 Menschen Suizid. Von allen Selbsttötungen werden im Schnitt zwei Drittel von Männern durchgeführt. Der Diakon Müller-Cyran gibt im Gespräch mit uns Einblick in die seelsorgliche Hilfe für betroffene Angehörige, umreißt Ursachen der Selbsttötung und zeichnet die gesellschaftliche Entwicklung des Phänomens in den vergangenen Jahren nach.

„Menschen, die sich selbst das Leben nehmen, kommen aus absolut allen gesellschaftlichen Gruppen, ich kann da keine besonderen Häufungen feststellen. Fachleute sagen, dass die Zahl in einem ganz geringen Umfang, also kaum messbar, abnimmt. Was wir allerdings auch feststellen, eine sehr tragische Entwicklung: dass mehr ältere Menschen, vor allem mehr ältere Männer, sich das Leben nehmen. Gut zwei Drittel der Menschen, die sich das Leben nehmen, sind Männer. Das scheint auch international so zu sein, dass die Verteilung da nicht gleich ist – gerade bei der Selbsttötung haben es mit doppelt so vielen Männern zu tun als mit Frauen.“

Welche Ursachen der Selbsttötung begegnen Ihnen in Ihrer Arbeit am häufigsten?

„Es ist so, dass es da keine einfachen Motive gibt. Also umso einfacher, schlichter, monokausaler man sich mit dieser Frage beschäftigt, umso falscher liegt man, das kann man ganz klar sagen. Es gibt keine Logik, nach der sich ein Mensch das Leben nimmt, sondern da spielen ganz viele Faktoren eine Rolle, die in der Persönlichkeitsstruktur, aber auch in bestimmten Lebensereignissen liegen. Es können psychiatrische Erkrankungen im Hintergrund eine Rolle spielen, oft auch massive Kränkungen im Leben, also zum Beispiel Arbeitslosigkeit, dass man von dem Partner oder der Partnerin verlassen wird, oder auch andere Formen von Kränkungen, die dann dazu führen, dass ein Mensch sein Leben als wertlos empfindet, über Suizid nachdenkt und sich schließlich das Leben nimmt. Immer wieder spielen auch Suchterkrankungen eine wichtige Rolle, aber auch die sind nicht spezifisch für eine besondere soziale Gruppierung.“

Wie viele Fälle gibt es im Raum München pro Jahr?

„Im Stadt- und Landkreis München sind es pro Jahr ungefähr 230 Fälle, also in drei Tagen gibt es zwei Selbsttötungen, die wir in München und im Landkreis München zu beklagen haben.“

Von jedem Suizid sind im Durchschnitt sechs Angehörige mitbetroffen. Ihre Arbeit zielt darauf, den Hinterbliebenen zu helfen. Wie tun Sie das?

„Mir geht es in der Betreuung darum, dass die Menschen einen geschützten Rahmen haben, in dem sie dann über ihre Gefühle, ihre Wut, ihre Trauer reden können. Wir stellen sehr viele Ambivalenzen fest, dieses starke Schwanken zwischen Wut, Aggression auf den Menschen, der ihnen das angetan hat – der ja nicht nur sich das Leben genommen hat, sondern auch ein Stück weit den Hinterbliebenen, der Familie, das Leben nimmt – und auf der anderen Seite Trauer und dann noch sehr stark die Schuldgefühle, die eine große Rolle spielen.“

Mit welchen Gefühlen werden Sie in den betroffenen Familien konfrontiert?

„Zunächst geht es darum, dass diese Menschen, wenn sie mit dem Suizid eines Angehörigen konfrontiert werden, völlig aus ihrer Normalität herauskatapultiert sind. Die meisten Selbsttötungen in Deutschland werden durch Strangulation durchgeführt. Das ist natürlich sehr, sehr traumatisierend für Angehörige, wenn sie dann den Verstorbenen auffinden. Es geht darum, dass sie Möglichkeit haben, darüber zu sprechen, dass sie sich mitteilen können, dass sie nicht alleine sind. Was die Situation von Hinterbliebenen nach Selbsttötungen immer sehr deutlich kennzeichnet, sind einerseits massive Schuldgefühle, also die Frage: wäre es in meiner Macht gewesen, das zu verhindern, hätte ich das irgendwie wahrnehmen können oder müssen? Auf der anderen Seite gibt es aber auch häufig Wut. Denn die Art und Weise, auf die sich ein Mensch das Leben nimmt, ist nicht zufällig, sondern häufig über Wochen oder sogar Jahre geplant und in der Fantasie durchgespielt worden. Da steckt eine Botschaft hinter der Art und Weise, wie sich ein Mensch das Leben nimmt. Und diese Botschaft hat mit sehr viel Gewalt, mit sehr viel Aggression zu tun. Diese Aggression kommt dann auch bei den Hinterbliebenen an.“

Wie hat sich das Phänomen in den vergangenen Jahren entwickelt? Gibt es gesellschaftliche oder sogar politisch-wirtschaftliche Korrespondenzen, wenn man einmal individuelle Faktoren ausklammert?

„Man muss da sehr vorsichtig sein, bei gesellschaftlichen Umschwüngen allzu monokausal auf die Biographie eines konkreten Menschen zu schließen. Und trotzdem ist es so, dass es zum Beispiel nach der Wende und in der Phase der Erweiterung der Bundesrepublik es zu einer Intensivierung der Selbsttötungen kam. Das hat sicher damit zu tun, dass da Weltbilder zusammenbrechen, dass die eigene Position in der Gesellschaft nicht mehr klar ist, dass man sich ein ganz neues Lebensumfeld suchen muss.“

„Suizid hat meiner Erfahrung nach nie diesen Pathos der Freiheit“
Würden Sie sagen, dass in einer sehr individualistischen Gesellschaft der Suizid verharmlost oder als Teil persönlicher Freiheit begriffen wird, zumindest untergründig? Suizid-Foren im Internet dazu könnten ja ein Hinweis darauf sein...

„Das ist ja kein ganz neuer Gedanke, dass der Mensch als einziges Wesen die Freiheit hat, sich gegenüber der Tatsache seines eigenen Lebens zu verhalten. Schon in der stoischen, also der griechischen und römischen, Philosophie gibt es da ja entsprechende Überlegungen in dieser Fragestellung. Diese sind dann auch wieder aufgegriffen worden, besonders prominent sicher von Jean Améry (Autor des Buches „Hand an sich legen. Diskurs über den Freitod“, Anm. d. Red.), einem jüdischen Überlebenden des Holocaust, der KZ-Erfahrungen machte, einen Diskurs über den ,Freitod‘ veröffentlichte und sich anschließend tatsächlich dann selber das Leben nahm. Auf der anderen Seite muss man sehr deutlich sehen, dass gern sehr liberalistisch argumentiert wird, eben mit Verweis auf die Freiheit des Menschen.“

Wie stehen Sie dazu?

„Ich halte das für fatal, weil es in der realen Situation der Selbsttötung nie den grandiosen Pathos von Freiheit und vom selbstbestimmten Leben gibt. In der konkreten Situation sehen wir in der Notfallseelsorge sehr, sehr, sehr viel Elend, sehr viel Unglückliches, sehr viel missglücktes Leben, sehr viel Gescheitertes, sehr viel Trauriges auch, sehr viel Krankheit bis hin zu psychiatrischen Erkrankungen. Also dieser Pathos der Freiheit, der von manchen Menschen immer wieder bemüht wird, dieser Pathos ist in der Realität ganz klar nicht anzutreffen.“
Herr Müller-Cyran, am 10. September wird der Welttag der Suizid-Prävention begangen. Was sollte Ihrer Meinung nach im Präventionsbereich verbessert werden?

„Ich halte es auf jeden Fall für wichtig, dass wir eine Gesellschaft gestalten, in der Leben lebenswert ist, in der auch ein Leben lebenswert ist, das nicht produktiv ist, auch ein Leben, das nach manchen gesellschaftlichen Begriffen vielleicht nicht mehr so wertvoll ist oder das – salopp gesagt – nicht mehr am Bruttosozialprodukt beteiligt ist. Wir haben ja in Deutschland immer wieder die Diskussion, ob es nicht angemessen ist, das Leben zu beenden, wenn man eine Erkrankung hat, Tumor, Alzheimer, Demenz. Ich denke, die Gesellschaft profiliert sich nicht darüber, dass sie Menschen die Möglichkeit einräumt, sich selber zu beseitigen, wenn sie nicht mehr ,produktiv‘ sind. Ich halte es dagegen für viel wichtiger, dass wir eine Gesellschaft haben, in der die Würde des Menschen im Mittelpunkt steht, gerade auch die Würde der Menschen, die ihre Fähigkeit verlieren, zu gestalten und die krank sind.“

Die Fragen stellte Anne Preckel.

(rv 09.09.2012 pr)

Source: Radio Vaticana


Vietnam


Hanoi

Nhân ngày Phòng chống tự tử thế giới: Đừng để họ tổn thương

Hầu hết các vụ tự tử của giới trẻ thời gian qua có nguyên nhân hết sức đơn giản, nhỏ nhặt. Nếu được quan tâm chia sẻ, có thể ngăn ngừa, giúp họ trở lại với đời
Ngày 7-9, hội thảo “Truyền thông với vấn đề tự tử” đã được Trung tâm Phòng chống khủng hoảng tâm lý (PCP) tổ chức tại Hà Nội. Tỉ lệ cao ở nhóm 15 - 24 tuổi
Bà Nguyễn Vân Anh, Giám đốc PCP, cho biết mỗi năm thế giới có khoảng 1 triệu người chết vì tự tử. So với 50 năm trước, con số này đã tăng trên 60%.
Cũng theo bà Anh, Việt Nam chưa có sự quan tâm thỏa đáng với vấn đề tự tử. Cách đây hơn 10 năm, một nghiên cứu về các trẻ tự tử thực hiện tại Khoa Cấp cứu Bệnh viện Nhi Đồng 1 (TPHCM) cho thấy tỉ lệ trẻ em nữ tự tử nhiều hơn trẻ em nam (60%) và phần lớn trẻ tự tử sống với cha mẹ (gần 88%). Nguyên nhân tự tử gần 90% do xung đột trong gia đình và hóa chất là phương tiện dùng để tự tử phổ biến nhất.
Một nghiên cứu khác thực hiện tại TP Đà Nẵng vào năm 2004 cũng ghi nhận gần 500 ca tự tử, tăng gấp 4 lần so với năm trước đó, phần lớn ở độ tuổi 25 - 44. Nguyên nhân dẫn đến tự tử là do bức xúc về gia đình, xã hội, tình cảm, mắc bệnh mãn tính…

Ngày 10-9 là ngày Phòng chống tự tử thế giới. Tại Việt Nam, lần đầu tiên PCP được thành lập với mục đích phòng chống khủng hoảng tâm lý và tự tử. PCP ưu tiên quan tâm và hỗ trợ các nhóm đối tượng dễ bị tổn thương trong xã hội như trẻ em, thanh niên, nạn nhân của bạo lực giới… Khi có vấn đề trầm cảm, buồn chán, người dân có thể gọi số: 04.37759336 để được tư vấn.

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Worldwide


Light a Candle near a Window at 8PM postcard

World Suicide Prevention Day 10 September, 2012

Light a Candle near a Window at 8 PM

to show your support for suicide prevention,

to remember a lost loved one,

and for the survivors of suicide.

Click here to find Light a Candle near a Window at 8pm on World Suicide Prevention Day postcards in different languages.


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View over 70 videos pertaining to World Suicide Prevention Day that have been included on IASP's YouTube World Suicide prevention Day 2012 Channel.


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World Suicide Prevention Day Facebook Event - Hamilton, Ontario


www.Take5ToSaveLives.org


I publish an online magazine called Kings River Life and we are planning 2 articles for the September 8 issue about suicide and in them will be linking to this site. One article is by Muffy Walker of International BiPolar Foundation about mental health stigma and how suicide touched her life, the other is an article about To Write Love On Her Arms. We are also going to post a button on our site that links to this website.

You can find us at KingsRiverLife.com.

Thanks
Lorie Ham


If you are lighting a candle near a window at 8pm on World Suicide Prevention Day or another activity to observe the day, and you are also a Facebook user, please show your participation and join us on the Official World Suicide Prevention Day Facebook Event Page.

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Makro Foundation (Hyderabad, India)

Date: 7/9/2012 Time: 11:00 am - 1:00 pm

Program: Online Campaign on Social Networling sites by Makro Foundation on Facebook, Twitter, Blog

Outcome: Online awareness about issue to educated youth using technology to spread the message