An estimated 703,000 people a year take their life around the world. For every suicide, there are likely 20 other people making a suicide attempt and many more have serious thoughts of suicide. Millions of people suffer intense grief or are otherwise profoundly impacted by suicidal behaviours.
IASP’s virtual cycling event, Cycle Around the Globe, is back for the tenth 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 2023, 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.