Every 40 seconds someone takes their life, almost 800,000 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, 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 Cycle Around the Globe campaign aims to raise awareness for suicide prevention efforts around the world over the period surrounding World Suicide Prevention Day and works to support IASPs work promoting evidence-based action in order to reduce the incidence of suicide and suicidal behaviour.
This campaign is about finding mechanisms to spread the message exponentially into areas where there is limited knowledge of these life/death issues. We want our global community to engage with each other and to join together to spread awareness of suicide prevention.
The COVID-19 pandemic has impacted all aspects of people’s lives, relationships, health and well-being – the world over – and will continue to do so for the foreseeable future. With the increased lockdown restrictions globally, it is vital that mental health and suicide prevention remain priorities. It has never been more important to look after ourselves and each other.
From the 10 September- 10 October 2021, 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 and so, the event is completely free to participate and fundraising is optional.
Registration opens 1st June 2021 for teams and individuals.