Every 45 seconds someone takes their life, an estimated 703,000 people a year around the world. For each suicide approximately 135 people suffer intense grief or are otherwise affected, resulting in 108 million people, annually, who are profoundly impacted by suicidal behaviours. For every suicide, 25 people make a suicide attempt and many more have serious thoughts of suicide.
IASP’s virtual cycling event, Cycle Around the Globe, is back for the ninth year running, to raise awareness of suicide prevention worldwide.
IASP leads the global effort in suicide prevention. World Suicide Prevention Day and the month-long period up to World Mental Health Day, is the primary opportunity throughout the year to raise awareness of suicide, to reduce stigma surrounding it and encourage conversations.
Cycle Around the Globe aims to raise awareness for suicide prevention efforts around the world over the period surrounding World Suicide Prevention Day and works to support the International Association for Suicide Prevention’s work promoting evidence-based action in order to reduce the incidence of suicide and suicidal behaviour. We want our global community to engage with each other and join together to spread awareness of suicide prevention.
By encouraging understanding, reaching in and sharing experiences, we want to give people the confidence to take action. To prevent suicide requires us to become a beacon of light to those in pain. You can be the light.
From 10 September – 10 October 2022, we are asking you to cycle any distance on any road, track or gym and help us work together to prevent suicide. We want anyone from around the world to be able to take part, so the event is completely free to participate and fundraising is optional.