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World Suicide Prevention Day - 10th September, 2008

2008 WSPD

Examples of local activities submitted from around the world:

Australia Austria Canada Germany Ghana Hong Kong India Ireland Italy Korea Nepal New Zealand Romania Taiwan United Kingdom USA

Australia

Brisbane
The Australian Institute for Suicide Research and Prevention (AISRAP) at Griffith University Brisbane, is holding a full-day free seminar on thier latest suicide research findings. A range of topics will be covered from international studies through to local and national research areas (eg; marital and defacto separation and suicide, occupation and suicide, firearms and suicide, etc). The seminar will be held at: Ship Inn, Level 2 function room, Southbank, Brisbane.

RSVP by September 5th to R.Knights@griffith.edu.au


Darwin
World Suicide Prevention Day 2008 will be held with an Indigenous organisation in Darwin, Northern Territory, Australia. Indigenous people in the Northern Territory have one of the highest rates of suicide in Australia and Indigenous male suicide has increased by 800% in two decades.

This years event will be held by and with Indigenous people and organisations who have lost loved ones to suicide. It will be held at a sunset location on the Darwin's beautiful foreshore.

Frangipani flowers will placed into the sea as the waves roll in and out and a barbeque for the families and organisations who attend will be provided. LIFE Awards will be presented to volunteers and professionals in recognition of their work in the field for 2008, by the Northern Territory Board Representative for Suicide Prevention Australia - Leonore Hanssens. leonore_hanssens@bigpond.com.au


Fortitude Valley
To mark World Suicide Prevention Day, Communities and Youth Minister Lindy Nelson-Carr has launched a program to help at-risk youth. The Open Door Youth Service, based in Fortitude Valley, has developed the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender Youth Suicide Prevention Project with State funding of $100,000 and $194,000 from the Commonwealth's Department of Families, Housing, Community Services and Indigenous Affairs.

News Release: Media Newswire - Minister launches project on World Suicide Prevention Day


Melbourne
LIFE Communications is hosting ‘Putting LIFE Into Practice’, a free workshop in Melbourne the day before World Suicide Prevention Day for the National Suicide Prevention Strategy.

The workshop will be held on Tuesday 9 September at the Melbourne Convention Centre. This event for people who work to prevent suicide will look at how the newly revised Living Is For Everyone (LIFE) Framework can be applied to current suicide prevention initiatives, illustrated by case studies provided by project officers in national and community programs. The workshop includes an opportunity for delegates to share their current suicide prevention activities to examine what works and what can be improved.

Leaders and advocates in suicide prevention will provide valuable insights, including Professor Ian Webster AO and ABC broadcaster Craig Hamilton, who lives with bipolar disorder. The day will also feature an open forum with a panel of experts.

Register now for this practical and informative suicide prevention national event.

If you’re coming to Melbourne for the From Margins to Mainstream conference (10 September - 12 September) then arrive a day earlier and join LIFE for World Suicide Prevention Day.

More information will be available soon, including a program overview.

World Suicide Prevention Day (10 September 2008) is an annual event designated by the International Association for Suicide Prevention, in collaboration with the World Health Organisation.

Putting LIFE Into Practice event information

Date: 9 September 2008 (the day before World Suicide Prevention Day)

Time: 10am to 4:30pm

Location: Melbourne Convention Exhibition Centre (Clarendon Street, Southbank) View Map

RSVP: by Tuesday 2 September 2008. Registration is essential - book early to ensure your place. For all other queries phone LIFE Communications on 03 8398 8408 or email us.

Living is for Everyone (LIFE) - World Suicide Prevention Day


Perth
We will be holding a World Suicide Prevention workshop at the Freedom Centre in Perth, Western Australia.

The Freedom Centre is a peer support service that offers a safe social drop-in space, workshops, courses, recreational activities, events, online services, information and referral to gay, lesbian, bisexual, trans, intersex, queer and questioning young people (under 26). We also offer trainings and information to professionals working with young people, and information, support and referral to family members of the target group.

The Freedom Centre is a service of the Western Australian AIDS Council and is funded by the Health Department of Western Australia's Office for Mental Health as part of the National Suicide Prevention Strategy.

The Freedom Centre's World Suicide Prevention Day workshop will look at why suicide prevention is particularly important to young people with diverse sexuality and gender (DSG), and what we (the young DSG visitors, volunteers and staff of the Freedom Centre) can do to prevent suicide locally.

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Queensland
To mark World Suicide Prevention Day, Communities and Youth Minister Lindy Nelson-Carr has today launched a program to help at-risk youth.

The Open Door Youth Service, based in Fortitude Valley, has developed the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender Youth Suicide Prevention Project with State funding of $100,000 and $194,000 from the Commonwealth’s Department of Families, Housing, Community Services and Indigenous Affairs.

“This group of young people has been identified by the State Suicide Prevention Strategy to be 13 times more likely to attempt suicide than the rest of the community,” Ms Nelson-Carr said.

“By developing and delivering training to other service providers who work with these young people, Open Door has the capacity to turn the statistic around for this group.

“It is developing a train-the-trainer package to help other service providers better understand the specific needs and experiences of this group of clients.

”The funding will also will enable web-based referral information, including fact sheets and links to useful websites, to be made more readily available to young people who need support.

“The project will be rolled out in communities across regional and rural Queensland from Longreach in the west to Mackay in the states north.”

News Release: Minister launches project on World Suicide Prevention Day


Tasmania
Minister for Health and Human Services, Lara Giddings, today marked World Suicide Prevention Day by calling for nominations for the 4th Tasmanian LIFE Awards.

Ms Giddings said the Awards are an opportunity to recognise the contributions of individuals and organisations involved in promoting life and preventing suicide.

“The Awards are the result of a partnership between the Tasmanian Suicide Prevention Steering Committee, Suicide Prevention Australia, the Tasmanian Department of Health and Human Services, the Australian Government Department of Health and Ageing, and two commercial business sponsors – AAMI and Red Herring Surf. The awards will be presented in two categories.

The Healthy Workplaces Award, supported by Red Herring Surf, recognises workplaces with activities or policies in place to help enhance workers’ health and well-being.

The Healthy Communities Award, supported by AAMI, recognises groups or individuals who have contributed to suicide prevention through their work at a local level.

“The winners in each category will be presented with a $1,000 cheque and a plaque.

“The theme for World Suicide Prevention Day is ‘Think Globally, Plan Nationally, Act Locally’, and I encourage Tasmanians to nominate candidates from all walks of life for the Awards.”

Nominations close on 14 November 2008.

Organisations or individuals can find out more information by calling Mental Health Services on (03) 6230 7780 or e-mailing mhadmin@dhhs.tas.gov.au

The LIFE Awards will be presented in early December 2008.

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Victoria
On Tuesday September 2, 2008 Child FIRST From Upper Murray Family Care are running Suicide Bereavement training. Child FIRST is a program funded by the Department of Human Services to support early intervention to vulnerable families in our community.

This training will help professionals develop practice in supporting those affected by suicide. Grief and regret are commonly expeienced by those who lose a loved one from suicide and the training will assist professionals to adress these and other emotions.

SUPPORT AFTER SUICIDE, a program of Jesuit Social Services, is a bereavement support service developed specifically for those bereaved by suicide. Funded by the National Suicide Prevention Strategy -Department of Health and Ageing, we have been running for three years providing a range of initiatives, the following of which we are able to offer in regional and rural areas of Victoria:

Contact: gknoth@umfc.com.au


Austria

World Suicide Prevention Day am 10. September 2008

Am 10. September wird heuer zum 6. Mal weltweit der "Tag der Suizidprävention" (World Suicide Prevention Day, WSPD) begangen. Zweck der rund um diesen Tag stattfindenden Aktivitäten ist es, auf die Folgen von Suiziden und Suizidversuchen für Betroffene, Angehörige, Freunde und Betreuer hinzuweisen, aber auch die verschiedenen Möglichkeiten der Suizidprävention (auf zwischenmenschlicher, ärztlich-therapeutischer und politischer Ebene) in Erinnerung zu rufen.

Das diesjährige Motto des WSPD lautet "Think globally, plan nationally, act locally" und verweist auf Ähnlichkeiten und Unterschiede hinsichtlich Risikofaktoren, Methoden und entsprechend präventiver Zugänge in verschiedenen Regionen. Etwa 60% der jährlich 1,000.000 Suizidfälle weltweit werden in den asiatischen Ländern verübt, und zwar mehrheitlich von jüngeren, in ländlichen Gebieten lebenden Personen in psychosozialen oder ökonomischen Krisen und mittels Pestiziden. In Westeuropa weisen immer noch Menschen in höheren Altersgruppen die höchsten Suizidraten auf. Erhängen und Erschießen sind hier die dominierenden Methoden. In Tirol sind die Suizidzahlen, nach einem erfreulichen Rückgang seit Mitte der 90er Jahre, zuletzt wieder gestiegen.

Die wichtigsten Risikogruppen sind Menschen mit einer Suizidversuchsanamnese und jene, die an einer psychischen Erkrankung (neben depressiven Störungen vor allem Alkohol- und andere Suchtkrankheiten) leiden. Noch immer werden, auch in Tirol, zuviele depressive Menschen nicht als solche erkannt, weil sich die Depression hinter Kopf- oder Kreuzschmerzen, abdominellen Beschwerden oder Schwindel verbirgt oder etwa ältere Patienten ihre Antriebslosigkeit und verminderte Genussfähigkeit einem "normalen" Alternsprozess zuschreiben. Mit einfachen screening-Fragen wie "Über was können Sie sich im Alltag freuen?" oder "Denken Sie manchmal, Ihr Leben ist (wegen der Schmerzen, wegen Einsamkeit,...) nicht mehr lebenswert?" kann oftmals ein Einstieg in eine Depressions-Diagnostik gefunden werden. Die häufig anzutreffende geringe Fähigkeit von Alkoholpatienten, Probleme selber zu verbalisieren, betrifft auch suizidale Gedanken, weshalb hier ein konkretes danach Fragen besonders wichtig ist.

Die - noch weit verbreitete - Sorge, durch das Ansprechen von Lebensüberdruss- oder Suizidgedanken einen Betroffenen erst auf die Idee zum Suizid zu bringen, ist als unberechtigt erkannt worden. Im Gegenteil wird es von Betroffenen oft als entlastend empfunden, ohne Angst vor moralischer Wertung über Todeswünsche sprechen zu können. Auf der anderen Seite kommt es immer wieder vor, dass Suizidäusserungen nicht entsprechend ernst genommen werden.

Eine Tiroler Studie hat - in Übereinstimmung mit internationalen Untersuchungen - gezeigt, dass etwa die Hälfte der Suizidopfer im letzten Quartal vor dem Tod zumindest einen Arztkontakt hatte und in den letzten Wochen überdurchschnittlich häufig mehrere Praktische Ärzte kontaktiert wurden. Leider konnte eine geplante weiterführende Untersuchung zu den von den späteren Suizidanten vorgebrachten Beschwerden nicht realisiert werden. In der Kommunikation mit unseren Patienten scheint jedenfalls die Diskrepanz zwischen dem, was der/die eine "auf dem Herzen hat" und dem, was der/die andere zu verstehen in der Lage ist, bei manchen Patienten noch groß zu sein.

Ao.Univ.Prof. Dr. Eberhard A. Deisenhammer

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Canada

Calgary, Alberta
Distress Centre Calgary is marking World Suicide Prevention Day with the launch of a new toll free crisis line dedicated to Suicide Prevention. The 1-800-SUICIDE Line is the first of it's kind in our province. The 24 hour line is answered by highly trianed and dedicated volunteers (with professional staff backup).

We offer immediate crisis support, risk assessment, information and referrals to anyone who is themselves thinking of sucide or knows some else who is. The line also offers support to survivors of suicide who have lost someone close to them. Since the soft launch the line has taken over 220 calls.

1n 2007, Distress Centre general crisis lines recieved 89,903 calls, 4,233 were directly related to suicide. Alberta is home to a high concentraiton of high risk groups for suicide (higher aboriginal population, rural populations). Suicide rates in Alberta are higher than the national average. It is our hope with an explicit, memorable 24 hour line, we will reduce some barriers to accessing services and leave no one wondering "where to call" in their time of need.

Contact michellew@distresscentre.ab.ca


Grande Prairie, Alberta
We have 3 separate events planned. on Sept. 6th: A live band event for all ages featuring 2 or 3 alternative rock bands. There will be door prizes, give-aways, music and fun in a safe environment. Staff from Suicide Prevention Resource Centre will be on hand to provide information about resources and programs in our community. A Power point presentation will be displayed next to the stage in a dynamic display of movement and colour listing all the helping agencies with contact numbers available in our area.

Sept. 9th: An Event for the Survivors of Loss by Suicide will be an evening of fellowship, reflection and support. There will be a focus on self care opportunities to participate or learn more about Reiki, Massage, Yoga, Belly dancing, Scrap booking and more. There will be music, refreshments and door prizes. Our hope is to build and strengthen support networks, encourage guilt free self care activities and provide information on stress management. Participants should leave feeling energized, resilient and hopeful having been able to share their healing journey, celebrate the lives of the ones lost, built new connections to support and resources, and formed a plan to be more active in looking after themselves.

Sept. 10: Video Conference. We are linking into a Video Conference entitled "The Rippling Effect" hosted by the East Central Health Region that will consist of a panel of 5 individuals affected by suicide of a significant person in their lives discussing their journey through grief and healing, resiliency, strength and hope and their plans for helping in the future with the prevention of suicide and promotion of mental health in various ways using their experiences and gifts.

"Souls Remembering Soles" walk and vigil for World Suicide Prevention Day Nanaimo BC Come out Sunday, September 7th to support World Suicide Prevention Day with a walk beginning at 4 PM at Maffeo Sutton Park and ending at Diana Krall Square with a vigil to honour those lost to suicide. The staging area at Maffeo Sutton Park will have information about Central Vancouver Island Crisis Society brochures including the Bereavement Support Group and ribbons for participants. The walk commences from the pavilion with participants carrying a pair of shoes they bring to donate. Participants are asked to bring a pair of shoes in memory of a loved one. The shoes will be donated to those in need. The vigil occurs at Diana Krall Square and will include speakers, singers, and a memorial photo retrospective as well as placing of the donated shoes. Anyone wanting to display a photo in the memorial tribute on the videotron should send it by jpeg to heather@cvics.ca by August 31st, 2008. For more info call 250-753-2495.


Kelowna, British Columbia
Sept. 10 is World Suicide Prevention Day. The theme for this year is: Think Globally, Plan Nationally, Act Locally. The Kelowna Suicide Prevention Committee recognizes this ongoing high rate of suicide in our city and decided to launch a four-day suicide prevention and awareness campaign. Suicide is a well hidden and serious public health issue and they hope their campaign will capture the attention of the whole community. One of the goals for this campaign is to spread the message that silence kills and that we need to speak up. The walls of social stigma and taboos surrounding suicide must come down. When people are able to talk openly about suicide and how it affects them it allows grievers to start a healthy journey to healing. A remembrance page will be published on Wednesday, Sept. 10, to remember those who died by suicide. The committee invites friends and family survivors of suicide to participate in this community effort by submitting a picture and words of remembrance.

Contact Fiona Lindquist at flind@stravar.ca

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Halifax, Nova Scotia
A walk will be held on September 7th, for World Suicide Prevention Day. The walk will begin at 11 a.m. sharp at Victoria Park, on the corner of South Park Street and Spring Garden Road and will end at City Hall, Grand Parade.

For more information, email halifaxwalkwspd@yahoo.com or call (902) 466-6600.

Article: The Chronicle Herald Columnists - Take a step or two with us towards preventing suicide


Flin Flon, Manitoba
Two seminars/workshops will be held on September 10th and 11th in support of World Suicide Prevention Day. The two seminars being offered in Flin Flon are the SafeTALK and the ASIST. SafeTALK(Suicide Alertness for Everyone), according to the information package, is "a half way workshop that prepare people to be able to help a person at risk for suicide and to become more ‘suicide alert.’ You learn how to connect people with thoughts of suicide to those who are trained in suicide intervention." The ASIST (Applied Suicide Intervention Skills Training) is "an interactive and practice dominated two day workshop for anyone wanting to learn ‘suicide first aid’ skills. Training in suicide intervention helps the caregiver to be able to recognize risk and intervene to prevent the immediate risk for suicide."

Workshops for the SafeTALK program in Flin Flon will be held on September 10 from 1-4 p.m. or 7-10 p.m. at the Flin Flon City Hall. The ASIST program will be held at the Flin Flon General Hospital on September 11 and 12 from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

For more information about these programs, contact Ebony Donaghy at 687-1337.

Article: The Reminder - Suicide prevention: Everyone’s responsibility


Winnipeg, Manitoba
Community activists are holding a suicide memorial on the grounds of the Manitoba Legislative building today to mark World Suicide Prevention Day.

In Manitoba, someone dies by suicide every other day. Canada’s suicide rate ranks in the top third among 82 countries.

The 30-minute memorial starts at 12:15 p.m. Participants are asked to bring a pair of used footwear to commemorate someone they knew who died by suicide. The shoes will be donated to Shiloam Mission.


Durham, Ontario
On Saturday September 13, 2008, Distress Centre Durham (Ontario Canada) will be holding our 4th annual Walk for Suicide Awareness. This 5 Km Walk includes a BBQ lunch and helium balloon release Rememberance Ceremony following the walk. Our Walk brings together concerned community members, frontline crisis workers, and survivors. For more information visit: www.distresscentredurham.com

Victoria Kehoe
Executive Director
DISTRESS CENTRE DURHAM

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Ottawa, Ontario
On World Suicide Prevention Day, September 10th, Inuit organizations in Ottawa are holding a gathering with Inuit throat singing, traditional games and cultural activities on Parliament Hill to celebrate and show the strengths of the Inuit way of life.

Article: Nation Talk - Inuit Groups Celebrate Life and Culture on World Suicide Prevention Day


West Lorne, Ontario
A suicide survivor group, founded by Penny Knapp of West Lorne, whose 20-year-old son, Nicholas, took his life in 2007, will be holding a suicide awareness week from September 7 -13, and will feature a Sept 7 walk which they hope will help convince Ottawa to join international observation of a suicide awareness week. The walk starts with opening remarks at 2:30 p.m. at West Elgin Secondary School. Participants then are to proceed to Miller Park to plant a memorial tree.

Also, a second annual Nicholas Knapp Memorial Golf Tournament benefitting the Nick Knapp Kindness Fund and to raise money for Kids Help Phone is being organized for Oct. 4 at Wardsville Golf Club. Registration deadline is Sept. 26. Phone 519-762-2898 or e-mail myersgang@ sympatico.ca.

The committee is distributing wristbands and magnetic car ribbons in suicide-awareness blue and purple, for a nominal donation. The wristbands bear the number of Kids Help Phone.

Phone Knapp at 519-768-1503 or e-mail icareletstalk@hotmail.com.

Article: St. Thomas Times-Journal: Suicide


Germany

Berlin
Ska gegen Suizid-Tabu: Benefizkonzert zum Weltsuizidpräventionstag 2008 Von 28.08.2008 00:00 Uhr bis 28.08.2008 00:00 Uhr mit Tiefenrausch, Kaeptn Karacho, Call Jamie, Markus Kavka und Vanessa Petruo Anlässlich des Weltsuizidpräventionstags 2008 veranstaltet die "Straight Sound Foundation" in Kooperation mit dem Verein "Freunde fürs Leben e.V." ein Benefizkonzert, um auf die Tabu-Themen "Suizid und Depression" aufmerksam zu machen und Geld für die Beratung und Aufklärung von Jugendlichen und jungen Erwachsenen zu sammeln. Die Bands Tiefenrausch, Kaeptn Karacho und Call Jamie unterstützen das Projekt und spielen am 10. September beim Benefizkonzert gegen das bestehende Tabu. Unterstützt wird die Veranstaltung außerdem von Vanessa Petruo und Markus Kavka, der das Konzert moderiert. Der Erlös der Veranstaltung kommt Freunde fürs Leben e.V. zugute.

Article: NewsMax Medien - Ska gegen Suizid-Tabu: Benefizkonzert zum Weltsuizidpräventionstag 2008

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Ghana

Network For Anti-Suicide And Crisis Intervention (NACI), a Ghanaian based N. G. O. has issued a communiqué to the President of the Ghana.

Under a sub-theme of the world’s theme (‘Think Globally. Plan Nationally. Act Locally’): “breaking the silence about suicide in Ghana”, NACI praying for immunity for people who are serving various jail sentences in the country’s prisons for suicide attempt.

We are also calling for a repeal of the law that makes attempted suicide a criminal offence.

Last but the least is a call on the Attorney General and Minister of Justice to stop prosecuting those who attempted suicide.

We are also using the day to ask for support from both local, national and international organizations and philanthropist for our activities including researches, intervention programs, in-school suicide prevention plans, training for the media on how to report on suicide.

Contact: Mr. Wisdom Mensah Dali
Director
Network For Anti-Suicide And Crisis Intervention
P. O. Box MA17
Ho, Volta Region
Ghana, West Africa


E-mail: nefaacicare@yahoo.com
Tel. +233 24 4573734

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Hong Kong

Hong Kong Spot on Life Carnival

'Spot on Life' Carnival Under the theme of "Think Globally. Plan Nationally. Act Locally", The Samaritan Befrienders Hong Kong will organize "Spot on Life" Carnival in a shopping plaza on 7 September 2008. Programme includes variety show and game booths which focus on spreading messages for cherishing life and caring for the neighbors. The event would provide an interactive environment for participants, especially parents and children, to come across with the messages on suicide prevention.


Heightened Suicide Risk among the Unemployed Population

The International Association for Suicide Prevention (IASP), in official relations with the World Health Organization (WHO), has announced the World Suicide Prevention Day to be held every year on September 10. The day is designated as an agenda for global and regional collaborative programme that focus on the worldwide suicide problem. In Hong Kong, a number of organizations have been actively engaged in alleviating the suicide problem over the years via a series of preventive and educational programmes. These programmes will be briefly introduced in the press conference.

In response to IASP and WHO’s initiative, HKJC Centre for Suicide Research and Prevention (CSRP), The University of Hong Kong, announces their recent research findings. Despite the facts that our local economy is improving, unemployment rate is declining, and suicide rate is decreasing, we found that the unemployed are facing much heightened suicide risk than ever. This heightened risk is more pronounced among the unemployed females.

We are also grateful to announce that the 3rd Asia Pacific Regional Conference of International Association for Suicide Prevention will be held on 31 Oct to 3 Nov 2008 in Hong Kong. The theme of this Conference is "Suicide Research and Prevention in Times of Rapid Change in the Asia Pacific Region: Opportunities and Challenges. We hope that this conference will provide a platform for researchers, policy makers, stakeholders, and front line workers from all over the Asia-Pacific region to exchange their wisdoms in preventing suicide collaboratively.

If you need further information, please feel free to contact Mr. Fu on 2241-5016 of HKJC Centre for Suicide Research and Prevention.


India

Indira Nagar, Bangalore
"Medico Pastoral Association along with Sahai, who deal with Love for Life, an action plan to prevent self harm, in association with Rotary Club of Bangalore East, organized World Suicide Prevention Day at East Cultural Association, Indira Nagar, Bangalore on Wednesday Sept 10.

A skit titled 'It's a Beautiful Day. Come Home to Love. Invoking the love for life,' by Chrysallis Performance Arts centre for the Challenged and children of the Vatsalya Charitable Trust, was staged by little children.

Chief Guest of the day was former chief post master General, S Theodore Baskaran. Centenary district governor Rtn S R Yogananda and Dr G Gururaj, professor and head of the department of epidemiology and Dr J W Sabhaney,consultant psychiatrist of Medico Pastoral Association, were the guests of honour. Sanjeev Rao from Sahai graced the occasion with his presence.

Dr Sabhaney welcomed the gathering. At this juncture, Sahai website, www.sahaihelpline.org, was released for catering to the services of the public. Appreciation letters were presented to those successful in these fields. A documentary by Dr Gladys Sumithra, honorary secretary of MPA, 'Life.. You're Worth It' was screened and viewed by all. The documentary came in for lot of praise.

Volunteers from Sahai Helpline, Viveka and Samadhan Counselling Centres shared their experiences. The programme concluded with vote of thanks by Anita Gracias, a Sahai volunteer followed by Candle light Vigil by Diana Tholoor and the Sahai Team."

Article: Daijiworld.com - Bangalore: World Suicide Prevention Day Observed


Kerala
I am a volunteer with Chaitram, a suicide prevention centre located in TDM HAll Complex, Cochin, Ernakulam, Kerala, a State at the southern tip of India.

What we will be doing this year is to spread awareness about suicide prevention. A talk has been organised which will be broadcast on September 10th, early morning. After that we will have a seminar for the youth and the elderly in the TDM complex. All NGO's and the public will be invited. All the volunteers (a total of 20) will discuss new strategies for outreach programmes. At present, we go to schools around Ernakulam and give classes to the students.

We will be a year-old on October 21st. We plan many more activities on that day too.


Madhya Pradesh
The Psychology Department of Govt.M.L.B. College has made a successful attempt to enhance awareness by organizing a poster exhibition and competition regarding suicide prevention. The Govt. M.L.B. Girls P.G. College Autonomous College is the oldest Women College of Bhopal in Madhya Pradesh the central India with the student strength of 2500. It was observed that suicide is becoming common among adolescent and young women in Bhopal. The head of the department, Dr Anita Puri Singh of Govt. M.L.B. Girls P.G. College Autonomous College, realized the need to motivate graduate and post graduate students to make poster representing the message of suicide prevention, the consequences of suicide attempts, value systems, and how to cope with depression and academic stress, family burden and the increasing rate of suicide in Army and young married women and alternatives to prevent them.

On 10th of September 2008 the poster exhibition and competition was organized, and inaugurated by Dr R Khote the Principal Govt. M.L.B. Girls P.G. College Autonomous College. Dr SB Saxena, Dr IB Tiwari and Dr U Shrivastava, Ex Head of the Department of Psychology, judged the Posters. More than 1000 students visited the exhibition and promised to orient their friends, relatives and neighbors to cope with life positively, the role of a psychologist and how to fight with problems in life without the thought of death or dying.

The media appreciated the exhibition and published the news in leading news papers, with the theme heading of 2008 Suicide Prevention Day "Think Globally, Plan Nationally and Act Locally" and assured readers to help people in distress.

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Ireland

Dublin, Ireland
To mark World Suicide Prevention Day, a candlelight vigil is being held outside the Bank of Ireland on College Green in Dublin by the 3T's charity (Turn the Tide of Suicide).

An information evening is also being hosted by the group Save Our Sons and Daughters. It takes place in the Westcourt Hotel in Drogheda at 8pm.

Article: RTE News - Ireland's youth suicide rate 5th highest


Italy

This year marked major events for the World Suicide Prevention Day in Italy. The main message was reported in national and local newspapers and I (Maurizio Pompili) was invited to contribute articles to Il Sole 24 ore, a major national newspaper and the weekly publication Repubblica Salute, a major weekly health magazine.

A great number of journalists have been interested by suicide prevention and both radio and television interviews were requested. An important goal was achieved when I was interviewed by the main national television channel for their news. A satelite network, RomaUno TV, dedicated 30 minutes of live interview with me.

At the Sant'Andrea Hospital, in Rome, there were pre-conference presentations and a major symposium on Sept 10. Among the various speakers, Prof. Diego De Leo presented international projects for preventing suicide. We also had a cartoon that represented a character saved in a situation of high suicide risk.



This cartoon was aired on major television networks. Many press agencies devoted an unusual interest in World Suicide Prevention Day and a major and acclaimed Italian show came to Sant'Andrea Hospital and interviewed speakers and the show will dedicate an entire program to suicide risk and suicide prevention.

We also invited a key person from the Ministry of Health who explained the need for a national strategy to prevent suicide and the first steps in this project have already been made.

Last but not least, the many participants in the event were informed of IASP activities and were invited to become member of the Association. some have already sent their application form. I've heard of activities perfomed in Palermo (Sicily, by Afipres Onlus) and in Padua.

Locandina Giornata Mondiale per la Prevenzione del Suicidio 2008

Pieghevole Giornata Mondiale per la Prevenzione del Suicidio 2008

Comunicato Stampa

Maurizio Pompili

Contact: maurizio.pompili@uniroma1.it


Korea

"The government plans to introduce measures to combat the disgrace of the nation holding the highest suicide rate among OECD countries, the Ministry of Health, Welfare and Family Affairs said Sunday.

Roughly 10 government ministries and offices are mapping out measures to prevent suicides, the ministry said.

The final blueprint, after consultation with related agencies, including the Office of the Prime Minister, is expected to be unveiled to the public by Sept. 10, World Suicide Prevention Day."

Article: Korean Times - Anti-Suicide Measures Due


Nepal

In Nepal we celebrated world suicide prevention day on 10th of September along with the co-ordination of Nepal Police. On that day, we highlighted different causes of suicide including HIV AIDS and drug addiction.

Contact Rishi Raj Ojha (ypn@wlink.com.np)


New Zealand

The role of media in suicide prevention - SPINZ Seminar Series - Sept 10 to Sept 12
SPINZ invites you to attend a free half day seminar, to coincide with World Suicide Prevention Day on September 10 2008, on the role of media in suicide prevention.

Keynote Speaker: Assoc. Prof Jane Pirkis from the University of Melbourne.

Register online at www.spinz.org.nz/seminar

Article: VOXY - World Suicide Prevention Day: Safer Media Reporting

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Romania

The Anti-Suicide Alliance (ASA), a Non-Governmental Organization, based in Cluj-Napoca, Romania, affiliated to the International Association for Suicide Prevention organizes a satellite workshop to the European Congress of the International Society for the Study of Personality Disorders, held in Targu-Mures, Romania, between September 10 - 13 2008, with the occasion of the World Suicide Prevention Day on September 10th 2008, at the Continental Hotel (Tonitza Hall), Targu-Mures.

The activities will be chaired by Prof. Doina Cosman, MD, PhD, Chairman and Founder of the Anti-Suicide Alliance, National Representative of Romania in the International Association for Suicide Prevention, Head of the Clinical Psychology and Mental Health Department, Iuliu Hatieganu University of Medicine and Pharmacy Cluj-Napoca.

The program will start at 11:00 and will end at 15:00.

Speakers:

CONTACT: dcosman@umfcluj.ro

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Taiwan

2008 International Caring for Life Awards
In 2006 the Dharma Drum Humanities and Social Improvement Foundation launched the "Caring for Life - No, Suicide, No " social movement. Every year, as a part of the World Suicide Prevention day (WSPD), we partner with suicide prevention groups around the world to organize a series of events aimed at reminding the general population of their responsibility in suicide prevention.

At the same time, we seek to establish and strengthen people's respect for life, encourage caring and understanding, promote compassion and wisdom. Last year (2007) Dharma Drum organized our first "Caring for Life" Award for people in Taiwan to encourage groups and individuals involved with suicide prevention, and received a strong response.

For this year's WSPD in September, DDHSIF ,under the auspices of government authorities concerned and in partnership with the NSPC, will host the "2008 International Caring for Life Awards" (here-in-after referred to as ICLA 2008). Top representatives from the World Association for Suicide Prevention (IASP) will be invited to attend and present the awards, while the National Suicide Prevention Center will co-host a symposium on caring for life and suicide prevention. These joint efforts will boost public participation and effectiveness. The "ICLA 2008" will present two individual awards - the "Wisdom Award" and "Compassion Award", one to two group awards - the "Great Vow Award" and one "Special Contribution Award".

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United Kingdom

England
PAPYRUS the UK natinal charity dedicated to the prevention of young suicide is launching new resources that aim to reduce suicide in South Asian communities. A new film resource entitled If Only ... is being previewed together with an audio Urdu translation of the charity's booklet Not Just a Cry for Help.

PAPYRUS commissioned the short film to raise awareness of the vulnerability factors that can increase the risk of self harm and suicide by young South Asian women in particular. Issues explored within the film include domestic violence, forced marriage, cultural conflict, family honour and shame. The National Suicide Strategy for England identifies that more work needs to be done to raise awareness of mental health in BME communities with particular emphasis on South Asian women. PAPYRUS intends these resources are just the beginning of its response.

For more information and copies: PAPYRUS 01282 432 555 email admin@papyrus-uk.org


Belfast, Northern Ireland
"Christy Moore is to keep a promise made to bricklayer Philip McTaggart and make his debut at the Grand Opera House in Belfast, to sing at a special concert to raise funds for the Public Initiative for the Prevention of Suicide and Self Harm - Pips.

The concert will take place on November 21 and tickets go on sale on September 10, World Prevention of Suicide Day, at a ceremony in the city chaired by the deputy Lord Mayor Don Brown."

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Omagh, Northern Ireland
The Western Health and Social Services Trust is marking World Suicide Prevention Day today, Wednesday, 10 September, by holding a public seminar in the South West College, Omagh for families bereaved through suicide.

This seminar is free of charge. It will be held in Omagh College at 7pm.

For further details please contact: the Western Trust Health Promotion Department, Tel: 028 71865127.

Article: Fermanagh Herald - Public seminar on suicide prevention


USA

Colorado
Suicide Prevention Week (September 7 - 13, 2008) is a national event tied to World Suicide Prevention day (September 10) to raise awareness about suicide and suicidal behaviors and to celebrate the efforts of all who are working to prevent suicide. Carrie Stark Hugus, author of "Crossing 13: Memoir of a Father's Suicide," and a panel of experts will discuss the impact of suicide on Colorado. After, Hugus will sign her book, a coming-of-age story about loss, grief and survival.

The Suicide Prevention Panel will consist of Jarrod Hindman, Office of Suicide Prevention, Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment, Bob Burnside, The Suicide Prevention Implementation Network (SPIN) and Dale and Dar Emme, Yellow Ribbon Suicide Prevention Program.

The panel and book signing will take place on Tuesday, September 9, 2008 at Tattered Cover Book Store, Highlands Ranch from 7:30 to 9 p.m.

Article: Your Hub.com - National Suicide Prevention Week awareness panel


Kansas
Kansas Governor, Kathleen Sebelius, will sign a proclamation announcing "Suicide Prevention Week" on September 15. Contact ssweeney@acmhck.org"


Kentucky
To help end the stigma and silence associated with suicide, the Cabinet for Health and Family Services (CHFS), the Kentucky Suicide Prevention Group (KSPG) and the Department for Mental Health, Developmental Disabilities and Addiction Services are launching a public awareness campaign about one of the most preventable, yet common, forms of death.

The "Let’s Talk: Kentuckians Affected by Suicide End the Silence" awareness campaign will launch at an event at 2:30 p.m. on Sept. 4 at the Capital Plaza Hotel in Frankfort. The event, which will feature a new educational video, is designed to educate Kentuckians about the warning signs of suicide; make people more aware of the prevalence of suicide in society; and help people discuss suicide.

Press Release: CHFS to Kick Off Suicide Prevention Campaign

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Massachusetts
Gov. Deval Patrick issued a proclamation designating September 7—13 as "Suicide Prevention Week in Massachusetts."

This week overlaps with World Suicide Prevention Day, which is recognized internationally and supported by the World Health Organization.


Ithaca, New York
"A father whose son died by suicide will speak about his experiences as part of Ithaca College’s recognition of World Suicide Prevention Day. Carlo Troise will discuss “The Call We Never Got” on Wednesday, Sept. 10, at 7 p.m. in Textor 101. His talk is free and open to the public."

News Release: Ithaca College To Host Speaker For Suicide Prevention Day


Putnam County, New York
"Putnam County officials are joining regional mental-health personnel this week to focus on suicide prevention - how to identify people in need and how best to help them.

'There is such a stigma around mental illness,' said Steve Miccio, who works in the mental health field and says he has lived with bipolar disorder for decades. Advertisement

Miccio, executive director of the Poughkeepsie-based PEOPLe, Inc, -Projects to Empower and Organize the Psychiatrically Labeled -has become an international spokesman for patients and families.

On Wednesday, he will be the forum's keynote speaker. Joining him will be Mary Jean Coleman, whose 17-year-old brother died by suicide and who received a state Mental Health Association award for her work in suicide prevention and survivor outreach; and Eric Weaver, a retired Rochester police officer who was a mental health coordinator.

An important aspect of the day-long forum is SafeTALK training, which will encourage talk about suicide and help people recognize those at risk. It will include advice on how to connect people with someone trained in intervention."