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World Suicide Prevention Day - 10th September, 2009 - Activities

World Suicide Prevention Day 2009

Suicide Prevention in Different Cultures

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La Municipalidad de Necochea informó que el Servicio de Asistencia al Suicida (SAS) funciona las 24 horas, todos los días del año, atendiendo en su línea telefónica gratuita 135.

En dicho servicio trabajan voluntarios capacitados constantemente y depende del Hospital Municipal “Dr. Emilio Ferreyra”, con la coordinación de la Dra. Dora Belmartino, quien resaltó el trabajo que realiza la gente ad honorem y recalcó que se precisa de su ayuda para mantener al SAS.

Hernán Nievas, un voluntario de ese servicio invitó a las reuniones que se llevan a cabo todos los miércoles a las 19 en el nosocomio.

Con motivo del Día Mundial de Prevención de Suicidios, del próximo 10 de septiembre, se están difundiendo una serie de conceptos y sugerencias para tener en cuenta en el núcleo familiar, teniendo en cuenta que “el suicidio es previsible y prevenible”.

Factores Protectores

Los principales factores que proveen protección frente a la ideación suicida y la múltiple gama de comportamientos autodestructivos – Establecidos por la Organización Mundial de la Salud- son:

Patrones familiares

Estilo cognitivo y personalidad

Factores culturales y sociodemográficos



Gosford, New South Wales

The Suicide Safety Network (Central Coast) Inc.(Australia is holding a Central Coast Community Suicide Memorial Service down by the Gosford water front from 10am to 11am for those who are bereaved by suicide on Thursday 10th September 2009 to mark World Suicide Prevention Day 2009.

The Suicide Memorial Service will be lead by Father Rod Bower and will conclude with sunflowers being released in the water front in remembrance of loved ones who have died by suicide and to also symbolise hope to those bereaved by suicide.

Mr. John Arms, Coroner and Suicide Safety Network President states that; “we want to send a positive message of hope to people bereaved by suicide and to those who may consider suicide as an option, that you are not alone.”

Key decision makers from a range of local services including; NSW Police Force, NSW Ambulance Service, Central Coast Mental Health Service, GP’s and a number of Non-Government Organisations and Charities will be meeting following the Suicide Memorial Service to discuss an integrated and coordinated response to suicide on the Central Coast.

Mr. John Arms, Coroner and Suicide Safety Network President states that; “there are many Government and Non-Government Organisations working very hard responding on a daily basis to the people who are in crisis here on the Central Coast. This includes people who may be suicidal. All of this demands specialised services and resources. The service providers Planning Meeting will improve the way local services respond to crisis, intentional self harm and suicide.”

Enquiries: Email Katie Sewell

World Suicide Prevention Day 2009 Australia Central Coast

Click here to view a news report about a World Suicide Prevention Day memorial service on the Central Coast (Australia) that was shared by IASP Facebook Fan Katie Sewell.

Browse additional photos in the World Suicide Prevention Day 2009 Photo Gallery.

Lisemore, New South Wales

The Mental Health Interagency and Commonwealth Respite and Carelink Centre are hosting a local community event from 3-7 pm on Sept 10th. Lifeline will be teaching suicide prevention strategies; a local celebrant will be conducting a ceremony to honour the life of a lost loved one; speakers bereaved by suicide will talk about what helped them through their grief; the Hearing Voices Choir and a local didgeridoo player will entertain and there will be free refreshments. Contact Gillian Murray.

Alice Springs, Northern Territory

It’s reported suicide among Indigenous Australians is up to 40% higher than in the general Australian population. Life Line says there might be more.

Mental Health Association of Central Australia is holding a community event to acknowledge how suicide impacts Central Australians.

Thursday 10th of September 2009
Todd River Memorial site behind the Senior Citizens Centre

For more information on this event or other Suicide prevention services through the Mental Health Association of Central Australia, contact Brian Kennedy or Laurencia Grant on (08) 8950 4609
Lifeline’s service offers counselling 24-hours a day, 7 days a week from anywhere in Australia.
Call 13 11 14
Central Australian Aboriginal Congress- Social & Emotional Wellbeing Branch
Location - 25 Gap Road Alice Springs
Call 8951 4457

Gympie, Queensland

On Thursday Sept 10 at 12 noon, we will be holding a Remembrance Ceremony for those bereaved and touched by suicide in our community. Our Mayor, the Local Member for Parliament in Queensland and many community organisations, including workers from Indigenous Health and the Multi-cultural network, will be in attendance.

This year we are focussing on the grief journey for individuals and how this can be expressed in different cultures. The Salvation Army will be providing refreshments after the ceremony.

Broome, Western Australia

Arafmi Aboriginal Outreach Service are holding a march on behalf of the Suicide Support Group in remembrance of their love ones that they lost to suicide on World Suicide Prevention Day. The march will start at 9:30 AM at the Broome court house and ends at the St. John of God Heritage Centre, with a speech, lunch, and activities for the kids.

Perth, Western Australia

World Suicide Prevention Day is about bringing together communities, researchers, practitioners, politicians, clinicians, those in government, individuals with lived experience and those bereaved by suicide, to demonstrate a commitment to reducing the incidence of suicide in Australia, to raise awareness of this significant national challenge, and to share information about ways to effectively take action as individuals and a community.

Council of Churches of WA

Thursday 10th September World Suicide Prevention Day Community Forum
"help seeking and isolation" -a WA Perspective

WA State Library
25 Francis St Alexander Library Building
Doors open at 3 for exhibition booth displays
Forum 4-8pm (light refreshments will be served)
Free forum -everyone welcome. Hear Government Representatives, the State Coroner, the Deputy Police Commissioner and others representing the community.
Hosted by Natahsa Mitchell from ABC Radio National All in the Mind


Suicide Prevention Australia will be hosting two major events, the 2009 National LIFE Awards and a Community Forum, both being held in Perth on September 10th, 2009.

Please click here for more details.


The Austrian and German Association for Suicide Prevention will host a conference on "Life crises, trauma, depression – different approaches in coping with suicidal behavior" in Berlin, Germany, because of the great success, interest and resulting activities of the latest symposium of both Associations two years ago.

Lectures on e.g. "life crises and suicide risk indicators", "traumata and suicidal tendency" or "homesickness and depression of Turkish immigrants in Germany" will be given and also numerous workshops considering different aspects of suicidal behavior and suicide prevention will be held.



As a local NGO we are going to observe "World Suicide Prevention Day 2009" upholding the theme "Suicide prevention in different cultures." Our activities includes a seminar with chief guests Dr. Aynul Islam, Professor, Dept. of Economics, and Dr. Gias Uddin, Assistant Professor of Sociology (Suicide researcher). We are preparing to develop a suicide prevention strategy locally in the Jessore region. [Jessore region suicide rate 35/37 per 100000 per year . Besides this rally and other local initiatives. We are facing a fund crisis. If you know of any donor who can fund us please contact us.



Greetings from SOVA, Jhenidah, Bangladesh.

On September 2009 we Observed World Suicide Prevention Day-2009 with jovial manner.

We decorated the Day with Rally and Discussion Meeting. The Chief Guest Z.M. Rashidul Islam, Vice Chairman of Jhenidah Sadar Upazila inaugurated the Rally. There was a huge gathering of targeted and key stakeholders. As a whole our aim has touched the rope of our destination. At 8.00 pm (Local time) we also lighted candle in the populous place at Jhenidah. Some documentary on World Suicide Prevention Day-2009.

Society for Voluntary Activities-SOVA, Jhenidah, Bangladesh working in the field of suicide prevention since 2005. As here in Bangladesh, the frequency of suicide is nearly double (66%) among the female rather than that of the male, we are going through our intervention as regards suicide prevention mostly focusing the women rights issues and gender equality.

As usual we are going to observe the international World Suicide Prevention Day 2009. To mark the day we devise our day focused activism as follows:

  1. Rally & Human Chain
  2. Discussion Meeting
  3. Issue focused Drama & Folksong



Le Centre de Prévention du Suicide à Bruxelles (Belgique) organise, à l'occasion de la journée mondiale de la prévention du suicide :

Plus d'infos : site Web


The Suicide Prevention Program of the Flemish Mental Health Centres made a press release to highlight WSPD, the Flemish Suicide Prevention Action Plan, and announced our Workshop day for professional caregivers and police (to be held on 20 Nov. 09). The topics of the workshops include crisis intervention, psychotherapy with suicidal young people, treatment of suicidal elderly, empathy with the suicidal wish, and support for the bereaved by suicide.

In addition, the Flemish Department of Well-being, Health and the Family, who developed the Suicide Prevention Action Plan, made a similar press release.



The Canadian Association for Suicide Prevention (CASP) is sending out this reminder that September 10th is World Suicide Prevention day. We are encouraging everyone and every community in Canada to get involved and do something to recognize suicide prevention day. Suicide is a major health problem and millions of Canadians have been affected by the harmful affects of suicidal behaviours. It is important that as Canadians we show our support and provide comfort to our family, friends, co-workers and neighbours who have been affected by a suicide related death. It is also important that we demonstrate our support for a national suicide prevention strategy. Canada’s suicide rate is in the top third of all countries and while most developed countries have adopted national suicide prevention strategies Canada as yet has not.

CASP is asking that crisis centres, suicide survivor groups, mental health providers, academics, researchers and other stakeholders throughout Canada get involved in planning events in your community to recognize suicide prevention in Canada. There are a wide range of activities that can be used to increase public awareness and influence policy makers and our politicians to take action and adopt CASP’s blue print for National Strategy for Suicide Prevention. Initiatives that actively engage people and encourage participation and personal contact will play an important role in encouraging people to learn more and get involved in this most important issue.

To assist organizations in their efforts CASP has developed sample press releases, editorials, special events notices and other material that can be adapted for use in your community. To access this material, please click here.

Inuvialuit (Northwest Territories)- Nunavut - Nunavik (Northern Quebec)- Nunatsiavut (Labrador)

Download "Backgrounder: World Suicide Prevention Day 2009 to learn about Inuit Approaches to Suicide Prevention outlined in this document prepared for World Suicide Prevention Day.

Athabasca, Alberta

We are doing a Journey of Hope on Sept 12th. This is a walk to acknowledge that this is a community issue and not a family issue.

Journey to Hope is made up of individuals in our community who are members of the Survivors of Suicide Support Group or have been affected by a loss through suicide. Through our grief, we have come to realize the impact that suicide has in our lives and within our community and feel the need to do our part to make a difference.

Suicide happens so often, yet no one seems to be talking about it because of the stigma that is attached to it. Those who haven't been directly affected by it don't want to hear about it. Those who have attempted suicide may be scared to talk about it. Others may be feeling suicidal and believe nothing can help. And, tragically others are the ones left behind to pick up the pieces.

Our feeling is that there must be great resources out there to help. But, what are they? How does a person who is feeling suicidal seek help in our community? As a group, we feel it would be extremely beneficial to our community to strive towards raising awareness to the devestation of suicide.

We want to bring awareness so that maybe, one person's heart can be saved from breaking. We want to do it to hopefully help save a life. We would also like to make tributes to those that have unfortunately left us. We want to do it to help survivors like ourselves. Crescent Park Ampitheatre

12:00 Noon - 1:00 pm Registration and Pledge Return

1:00 pm - 1:30 pm Opening Ceremony

1:30 pm - 2:30 pm Journey to Hope Walk

2:30 pm - 3:00 pm Closing Ceremony

For More Information

Call Della at 691-4715 or Donna at 692-4240

Calgary, Alberta

To increase suicide awareness and prevention activities, LivingWorks Education is encouraging their ASIST (Applied Suicide Intervention Skills Training) Trainer network through the “Just One More” campaign. To further the call for “Just One More” training, “Just One More” participant, “Just One More” intervention, “Just One More” life saved, LivingWorks is supporting the trainer network by crediting each training team with participant materials for their next workshop equal to the amount of participants attending an ASIST workshop conducted during World Suicide Prevention week (Sept 6-12).

Please find additional details online here. This campaign supports the worldwide call to action for saving lives during this September week and also challenges the trainer network to facilitate one more workshop recognizing the potential of many lives saved before December 31 2009.

Calgary, Alberta

BLUE WAVE Foundation in conjunction with World Suicide Prevention Day, is being supported at 4Refuel’s First Annual Charitable Golf Tournament. The charity golf tournament will take place at Calgary’s # 1 Links-style golf course, Silverwing on the NE Corner of Barlow Trail and 48th Ave., NE Calgary.

This event is taking place aiming to break the silence surrounding mental health and suicide with increased public awareness, confronting stigma in society and encouraging concern and participation for these important public health problems.

This event and others will be taking place on September 10th, in communities across Canada, and indeed the world, to unite and show support toward asking our government to initiate – as a matter of priority, a national strategy for suicide prevention.


Southeast, Alberta

The Regional Suicide Prevention Council in SE Alberta, Canada has several activities planned for the month of September in recognition of World Suicide Prevention Day.

Activities include:

  1. Three memorial gatherings are taking place in communities throughout SE Alberta. One on September 3rd, the second on September 16th and the third on September 20th, 2009.
  2. A two day Applied Suicide Intervention Skills Training workshop will be taking place on September 11th and 12th, 2009.
  3. A 32 page booklet that deals with the topic of suicide will be distributed to households throughout the entire region. The booklet contains stories of hope, information on how to recognize someone who might be suicidal or in crisis, articles and resources including help line numbers, agencies and help online. The stories and articles include information on stress, depression, suicide for various populations including:

The booklet will have September 10th written on the cover with World Suicide Prevention Day. The booklets will be distributed throughout the week of September 10th, the majority being delivered on September 10th.

Heather Moore
Suicide Prevention Coordinator
Canadian Mental Health Association AB SE Region


Stony Plain, Alberta

On Sunday September 13, 2009, the sixth annual Rotary Run for Life will be held in Stony Plain, Alberta, Canada. This event raises money in support of the Coordinated Suicide Prevention Program and other mental health initiatives in the Parkland Region. There is a 5km walk/run, a 10km run and a half-marathon using trails throughout this pretty prairie town. Many participants run in memory of a loved one lost to suicide. The event also includes Memory Markers which are sandwich boards decorated by the friends and families of those lost to suicide. The markers are placed along the route so that participants will remember the reason they are running. During the post-race ceremonies there is a parade of all the markers with a bag piper and a moment of silence to recognize those lost.

More information can be found at and

Note : Although this event is not actually on September 10 it is held on the second week-end of September every year in recognition of Suicide Prevention Week

Prince George, British Columbia

The Crisis Centre in Prince George, BC will be hosting it's first World Suicide Prevention Day information booth at Walmart.

We will have pamphets and brochures on suicide prevention. Hotdog and pop sale by donation and a prize draw.

We have done a proclamation, a press release and a radio interview regarding this important day. We are hoping to have a great turnout at the Walmart entrance.


Vancouver Island, British Columbia

The Central Vancouver Island Crisis Society in British Columbia, Canada, is embarking on several events to commemorate World Suicide Prevention Day 2009.

We will begin our annual awareness campaign one month prior to World Suicide Prevention Day by hand delivering information packages, posters, and invitations to all local media, mental health care providers, hospitals, crisis clinics, government officials, police, schools, and non-profit organizations.

We use the entire week of Sept 6-13 to create awareness and education in Central Vancouver Island about the tragedy of suicide in our communities as well as information about Warning Signs, where to call if you're concerned about someone, and what to do. We also provide information about the programs we offer, and the support available to those bereaved by suicide.

On World Suicide Prevention Day we offer a workshop "Suicide Awareness and Response" at no cost or by donation to interested community members and service providers.

The week will end with the fourth annual "Soles Remembering Souls" memorial walk and vigil to honour loved ones lost to suicide. This impactful and moving event will take place on the beautiful harbour front of Nanaimo, British Columbia, on Sunday September the 13th, 2009 and will begin at 3:15 pm.

Participants are encouraged to arrive at the Port Theatre in Nanaimo for registration between 2:45 and 3:15 pm and to bring a new pair of shoes in memory of someone lost to suicide.

The shoes will be donated to local agencies for dispersal to those in need in memory of our loved ones.

The walk concludes with a memorial vigil inside the theatre at 4:15 pm with the placing of the shoes.

Highlights of the vigil include music, speakers, and a beautiful memorial photo retrospective honouring loved ones lost to the tragedy of suicide.

For more information please visit our website at:

Vancouver, British Columbia

Josh Platzer Society is running a bus-poster campaign in advance of World Suicide Prevention Day.


Victoria, British Columbia

World Suicide Prevention Day is September 10th. On that day, events will take place across Canada and around the world to break the silence about suicide and to increase public awareness and involvement in this important public health issue.

In Victoria, several events will take place to mark Suicide Awareness Week – September 7-13th. The week concludes with a Gathering of Hope and Healing hosted by the Need Crisis and Information Line on September 13th from 2-4 p.m. at the University of Victoria’s Interfaith Chapel. This ceremony of remembrance is intended to remember those who have died from suicide and to provide comfort to those affected by suicide. Information about community resources will also be available.

Williams Lake, British Columbia

A community event coinciding with World Suicide Prevention Day takes place next week that will raise awareness about suicide and will include prevention and intervention strategies.

The event, hosted by the Williams Lake Suicide/Sudden Death Committee, takes place Thursday, Sept. 10 from 1-3 p.m. at the United Church.



Metepenagiag, New Brunswick

The third annual Remember our Loved Ones, Taking a Step Towards Healing will be held on Suicide Prevention Day Sept. 10.

Members of the community will walk to remember those lost to suicide, for their families, the community and for future generations.

This years walk is dedicated to the youth. It is important for the young generation to be reminded of their worth, because tomorrow belongs to them.

Walkers will meet at 1 p.m. at the Metepenagiag School gym and walk to Eel Ground First Nation.

Guest speakers, drumming, dancing, feast, balloon release and special performances will follow.

Guest speaker for the event is Chasity Meuse from Indian Brook, N.S Youth Suicide Prevention Comic Presentation. and darkness calls performances by Michael Barnaby (Snipa) - Eel Ground and Jeremy Francis (Big Werm) – Eel Ground

Everyone is invited to attend and donations for the feast would be appreciated. For more info call 506-622-8751.


Tracadie-Sheila, New Brunswick

The Provincial Suicide Prevention Committee will host its public annual meeting on Thursday, September 10.

The meeting will host a panel of experts, community members and representatives from the 14 suicide prevention community committees in the province. Discussions will include common issues, past accomplishments and future goals. The meeting will be held from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Auberge Centre Ville in Tracadie-Sheila.

Every year since 2000, the meeting takes place around Sept. 10 to coincide with World Suicide Prevention Day.

About 100 New Brunswickers die by suicide each year. The risk is higher among men aged 20 to 40, young people, seniors and those who have lost a close friend or family member through suicide.

The New Brunswick Suicide Prevention Program mobilizes agencies and individuals through 14 suicide prevention community committees. The program aims to reduce New Brunswick's suicide rate by improving access to services and increasing the population's awareness.

New Brunswickers can find more information on suicide prevention initiatives at, keyword: Health.

Corner Brook, Newfoundland

There will be a Suicide Awareness and Prevention walk for World Suicide Prevention Day on September 10th.

The walk starts Thursday, Sept. 10 at 6:30 at the Magestic Lawn, out West St. and back in through Park St.

Halifax, Nova Scotia

2009 Halifax Walk for World Suicide Prevention Day

Please join us on Sunday September 13th at 1:30 pm sharp to walk for World Suicide Prevention Day. The walk gets underway at Victoria Park in Halifax across from the Public Gardens on the corner of South Park Street and Spring Garden Road and ends at Grand Parade in City Hall.

There will be refreshments and a guest speaker, as well as info tables with displays by community based organizations.

Important note: The 2009 Walk time has been changed to the afternoon - tentatively! The time could change...please check back for confirmation that the start time WILL be at 1:30 pm. Suicide prevention is everybody's business. Please feel free to forward this invitation to your friends, family and colleagues. See you there!

For more information, media inquiries and a copy of the Halifax Walk poster to display, or to request a table for your community group at the walk please contact Laurel at

This is a rain or shine event!

The Halifax Walk is proudly supported by CMHA - NS Division and Communities Addressing Suicide Together (CAST).

Please visit the Website for more details to be posted.

Barrie, Ontario

Walk for Awareness The Walk for Awareness, to help recognize World Suicide Prevention Day, will be held Sept. 13 in Barrie. The walk, which gets underway at 1 p.m., starts at St. Joseph’s Secondary School following St. Vincent Street to Grove Street and past Barrie North Collegiate. The walk ends at Barrie Central Collegiate. Proceeds from the walk till go towards youth programs at the Canadian Mental Health Association – Simcoe County Branch. For more information call Blair at 717-4556, Sheryl at 220-4506 or Elizabeth at 734-3754.

Hamilton, Ontario

The Suicide Prevention Community Council of Hamilton honours World Suicide Prevention Day by participating in a Media Conference with the Hamilton Police Service at Central Station, Hamilton, ON Sept., 10th at 9:30am.

Lunch 'n' Learn Film Presentation with Dr. Jenn Brasch, Director of Emergency Psychiatric Services, St. Josephs Healthcare Hamilton on Tuesday, Sept. 15th at 12:00pm at St. Giles Church.

Please RSVP to
A.S.I.S.T. (Applied Suicide Intervention Skills Training)September 17th & 18th, 2009 FULL!

For upcoming trainings email

Kitchener-Waterloo, Ontario

The Kitchener Waterloo Suicide Prevention Council will be holding the following events on World Suicide Prevention Day and on September 24th:

World Suicide Prevention Day - September 10

4:00 Annual General Meeting open to all

6:00 Service to Remember and Butterfly Release to honour those affected by suicide

7:00 Moderated Panel Discussion: Learning Together: Suicide Prevention in Different Cultures

September 24

Viewing of the film "A Secret Best Not Kept" 7:00 pm Princess Theatre
a discussion will follow the film.


London and Middlesex, Ontario

London Middlesex Suicide Prevention Council

Group of volunteers whose goals are to provide a forum for concerned individuals to develop ideas, projects, and resources that will facilitate the provision of public education the area of suicide awareness/prevention * plans and sponsors event(s) each fall during suicide prevention week to reduce stigma and acknowledge the difficulties experienced by survivors within the London community * annually a Walk is held each September 10th in honour of World Suicide Prevention Day

Booklet on Suicide Prevention Information for Physicians and Health Care Providers is available as a PDF at in the 'Resources' section


Orangeville, Ontario

In honor of World Suicide Prevention Day, a Community Torchlight will be taking place next Wednesday, Sept. 2.

A first-ever fundraiser for Dufferin County, The Walk for Suicide Awareness and Prevention will run from 6 to 9 p.m. starting in Alexandra Park, behind Orangeville's Town Hall. This event will feature an opening ceremony with local dignitaries and spokespersons starting at 6 p.m.

The walk route will take you from the park west up Broadway. Throughout the evening, participants can enjoy a free concert with local talent "Justin MacDonald Band" and "Darling Ouiseaux's" in the park gazebo, children's activities, Pizza Pizza will be on site to offer food and beverages, community resource groups will be present to educate the public about resources in Dufferin county and a candlelight vigil will take place during the walk in memory of those we have lost to suicide.

All are welcome. The event will start at 6, with the walk commencing at 6:30pm. Please first register at the information booth in Alexandra Park. Music and activities will continue throughout the event.

Suicide rates across the world and in our own community at this time are likely to be impacted by not only life's daily pressures but the unexpected current economic changes.


Ottawa, Ontario

Over 200 Inuit and supporters hold a rally on Parliament Hill in Ottawa on World Suicide Prevention Day.


Association québécoise de prévention du suicide (AQPS)

Outre l'inévitable conférence de presse tenue à Montréal, nous avons décidé de souligner l'important travail et support de nos membres ainsi que des intervenants, organismes communautaires et individus dans la prévention du suicide au Québec. Afin de les remercier de sauver des vies, nous avons envoyé un mémo personnalisé à environ 2 000 personnes. Pour plus d'information sur les activités de nos membres, partout au Québec, visitez notre site Internet.

Association québécoise de prévention du suicide (AQPS)

Beside the usual Press Conference held in Montreal, we decided to put the emphasis on the incredible work and much needed support of our members, as well as the social workers, non-for-profit organizations and individuals working towards suicide prevention. In order to do so, we've sent about 2000 'thank you' notes throughout the province of Quebec. For more information about our members activities, please visit our website.


Moosejaw, Saskatchewan

Journey to Hope Walk

Supporting Suicide Awareness & Prevention

Saturday, September 12, 2009
Moose Jaw Crescent Park

12:00pm - 1:00pm: Registration & Pledge Returns
1:00pm - 1:30pm: Opening Ceremony
1:30pm - 2:30pm: Walk
2:30pm - 3:00pm: Closing Ceremony

For Pledge Forms or Information contact W.J.Jones and Son Family Centre at 691-4715

Cook Islands


The Ministry of Health and NGOs, the National Council of Women and churches in the Cook Islands are this week getting involved in the campaign to stamp out suicide as part of the World Suicide Prevention Week.

Organisers of various activities to commemorate the event, which include Te Kainga Mental Health Services, have a programme involving radio panel discussions about those affected by suicide, newspaper and television articles, and churches creating awareness about the issue in their sermons.

A youth forum was held on Monday at Avarua church's Sinai Hall and a highlight for today will be the bike rally from Sinai to the local Punanga Nui market.

People are being asked to donate gold coins towards yellow ribbons to mark the week.

Te Kainga director Mereana Taikoko said she hoped that the awareness about suicide does not end at the end of the week, but for it to continue.

"We would like people to keep in mind that suicide can happen at anytime and we must all be prepared."

She also said that suicide is a growing concern in the country and "we need everybody's support to prevent the problem from escalating."





Almost one in four students has thought of suicide, according to a survey released yesterday at a seminar in Yangpu District to mark the seventh World Suicide Prevention Day.

Suicide has becoming the prime cause of death among 15 to 34-year-olds with students accounting for a large proportion of the total, experts said.

The thought of killing themselves had occurred to about 24.39 percent students while 15.23 percent had taken suicide into serious consideration, according to the study by the Children's Hospital of Fudan University and local education authorities.

Of the 2,500-plus students questioned, 2.85 percent had planned how to commit suicide and 1.71 percent students had tried but failed.

"Most young students nowadays come from families with rather good economic condition and haven't met much difficulties," said Shan Huaihai, a clinical psychologist and psychotherapist. "Thus they are weak inside when facing frustrations."

Shan said teenagers could be greatly affected by the divorce of their parents, stress in relationships and communications with others and the frustrations in daily life - all of which might lead to affective disorder.

A pilot suicide-prevention system is being carried out in four secondary schools in Pudong New Area in a bid to address the problem, officials said. The programs will be focused on a respect for life, officials with Shanghai Mental Health Center said.

Basic skills on how to control emotions and deal with family conflicts will be taught, while psychological therapy will be given to students with depression or suicidal thoughts.

Students with extreme mental health problems will receive intense psychological treatment together with medication to prevent tragedy, center officials said.




Verdensdag for Selvmordsforebyggelse er en årligt tilbagevendende begivenhed, som markeres internationalt d. 10. september. Dagen afholdes på initiativ af the International Association for Suicide Prevention (IASP) i samarbejde med WHO. Over hele verden afholdes arrangementer for at tydeliggøre, at selvmord stadig er et stort problem, og at det er nødvendigt, at der gøres en indsats for at forebygge selvmord. Dette års tema er Suicide Prevention in Different Cultures.

Læs mere om World Suicide Prevention Day 2009 på hjemmesiden for IASP.


Der er ca. 650 selvmord i Danmark om året og formentligt ca 10.000 selvmordsforsøg. Der har i de senere år været en tydelig stigning i antallet af unge piger der forsøger selvmord. I år har vi valgt at sætte fokus på selvmordshandlinger blandt unge, specielt unge piger. Vi vil på dagen have oplæg om hvordan de unge er belastede og hvad der kan gøres for at hjælpe dem.

Verdensdagen afholdes af Psykiatrifonden, Foreningen til Undervisning og Forskning i Selvmordsforebyggelse og Livslinien. Der vil være indlæg fra berørte, forskere, professionelle fagfolk og frivillige medarbejdere.

Tid og sted
Kl. 9.30 - 17.00
Campus Rådmandsmarken
Sigurdsgade 26
København N
Der serveres sandwich, vand og kaffe. Alle er velkomne.
Detaljeret program og tilmelding på PsykiatriFondens hjemmeside.

Werther-prisen 2009

Dagen afsluttes med uddelingen af Werther-prisen, som er en en mediepris, der gives til mediearbejdere, som gennem deres virke har belyst selvmordsproblematikken på en etisk og oplysende måde over for offentligheden. Læs mere om Werther-prisen her.






FIJI's entrant to the Miss South Pacific pageant, Mere Nailatikau, has challenged people to help raise awareness on mental health and suicides and stop the loss of lives.

Speaking at a celebration in Nausori on World Suicide Prevention Day, Ms Nailatikau said people should put into action the theme - dare to care.

She was chief guest with Hibiscus king Gary Rounds at the Nausori sub-divisional hospital as part of the Health Ministry and Youth Champs initiative.

Ms Nailatikau said that she would not be where she is today, if her family, parents and friends cared for her hapiness and well- being.

"Never underestimate the impact of daring to care," she said.




Andacht am 8. September 2009

Im Rahmen der 5nach5-Andachten in der Bayreuther Spitalkirche wird am 8.9.2009 eine Andacht zum WHO-Tag stattfinden. Mit Kerzenlicht wird feierlich der Suizidverstorbenen gedacht.

Beteiligt sind AGUS e.V. - Angehörige um Suizid der Gruppe Bayreuth und die Telefonseelsorge. Die Andacht gestalten Pfarrerin Kathrin Bayer-Stude und Pfarrer Gottfried Lindner.

Betroffene und Interessierte sind herzlich willkommen!

Ort: Bayreuther Spitalkirche, am Marktplatz

Zeit: 17.05 Uhr



Donnerstag, 10. September 2009

Gemeinsames Erinnern an unsere Suizidverstorbenen: 18 Uhr, Berliner Jahreszeiten Salon, Meraner Straße 7, 10779 Berlin


This year the Austrian and German Association for Suicide Prevention will host a conference on "Life crises, trauma, depression – different approaches in coping with suicidal behavior" in Berlin, Germany, because of the great success, interest and resulting activities of the latest symposium of both Associations two years ago.

Lectures on e.g. "life crises and suicide risk indicators", "traumata and suicidal tendency" or "homesickness and depression of Turkish immigrants in Germany" will be given and also numerous workshops considering different aspects of suicidal behavior and suicide prevention will be held.


Anliegen der Dresdner Veranstaltungsreihe ist es, Wissenschaft und Kunst bezüglich des Themas zusammenzuführen und öffentliches Gedenken zu ermöglichen.

Anlässlich dieses Tages findet am 10. September 2009 in der Dreikönigskirche Dresden der erste Abend einer jährlich geplanten Veranstaltungsreihe zum Thema Suizid und Kunst statt.

Donnerstag, 10. September 2009

18.10 Uhr Eröffnung

18:15 Uhr Depression und Suizid - Vortrag mit Diskussion

Prof. Dr. W. Felber, Suizidologe, ehem. Direktor der Klinik für Psychiatrie und Psychotherapie, Universitätsklinikum Dresden, Vorsitzender der DGS bis 2006

18:45 Uhr Sylvia Plath - Zungen aus Stein

Lesung aus TAgebüchern und Texten
Hans-Jörn Weber/ Staatsschauspiel Dresden
Querflöte: Prof. Dr. med. B. Müller-Oerlinghausen, Berlin

19:30 Uhr Andacht mit Musik von Hugo Distler

Pfarrer H.-C. Werneburg, Leiter der Notfallseelsorge Dresden Prof. M. Strohhäcker, Orgel


Klinik und Poliklinik für Psychiatrie und Psychotherapie des Universitätsklinikums, Psychosozialer Krisendienst des Gesundheitsamtes Dresden,
Ökonomische Notfallseelsorge Dresden

Ort: Dreikönigskirchen Dresden, Haus der Kirche, Hauptstr. 23, 01097 Dresden

Der Eintritt ist frei. Eine Voranmeldung ist nicht erforderlich.

Anfragen an: Psychosozialer Krisendienst des Gesundheitsamtes Dresden
Telefon 0351/ 8178140




Aktionswoche vom Samstag, den 05.09.09 bis zum Sonntag, den 13.09.09

Das Nationales Suizidpräventionsprogramm für Deutschland (NaSPro), Deutsche Gesellschaft für Suizidprävention (DGS) und Angehörige um Suizid (AGUS) laden 2009 ein zu einer Aktionswoche „gegen die Mauer des Schweigens“ in Düsseldorf.

Mit einer großen Ausstellung sowie in Vorträgen, Filmabend, Buchlesung und Workshops wird über Suizidalität, Interventionsmöglichkeiten und Trauer nach Suizid informiert. Alle Veranstaltungen sind für Betroffene, Fachleute und Interessierte offen und kostenlos.

Organisation: AGUS-Gruppe Düsseldorf

Kooperationspartner sind: Düsseldorfer Bündnis gegen Depression, Gesundheitsamt Düsseldorf, Notfallseelsorge Düsseldorf, Telefonseelsorge Düsseldorf, Trauerinstitut Deutschland TID e.V.

Veranstalter und Kontaktadresse für weitere Informationen, Anmeldungen usw.:

Renate Reichmann-Schmidt
AGUS-Gruppe Düsseldorf
Telefon: 0173 – 537 89 67

Ort: Bürgerzentrum Bilk, Bachstrasse 145, 40217 Düsseldorf

Nähere Informationen finden Sie im Flyer (PDF-Dokument, 690 KB)



In Hamburg finden folgende Veranstaltungen statt:

10. September 2009

Wenn das Älterwerden zur Last wird: 16 Uhr, Universität Hamburg, Westflügel, Raum 221, Edmund-Siemers-Allee. Weitere Informationen finden Sie unter:

Informations- und Diskussionsveranstaltung

Gedenkgottesdienst in der Hauptkirche St. Jacobi um 19 Uhr. Weitere Informationen finden Sie unter:

Gottesdienst in der Hauptkirche St. Jacobi

Montag, 05. Oktober 2009

Trauer und Suizid: 18 Uhr, Vortrag mit Möglichkeit zur Begegnung und zum Erfahrungsaustausch im Rahmen der Hamurger Hospizwoche, Hauptkirche St. Petri, Turmsaal, Bei der Petrikirche 3, Referent: Georg Fiedler, stellvertretender Leiter des Therapiezentrums für Suizidgefährdete am UKE

weitere Informationen



Donnerstag, 10. September 2009

Informationsveranstaltung zum Thema: „Kennen KinderKrisen/KrisenKinder Kunst?“

Ort: Theater Lübeck, Beckergrube 16

Moderation: Carsten Kock


10.10 Uhr


Begrüßung durch
Knut Winkmann, Theater Lübeck
Günter Ernst-Basten, der Paritätische SH
Cyril Sjöström, Schirmherr des WSPD
Gabriele Hiller-Ohm, MdB, Mitglied im
Ausschuss für Arbeit und Soziales
Heike Knebel, Leiterin TIP Lübeck

10:40 Uhr

Musikalischer Beitrag, Fabian Eicke

10:45 Uhr

Aufführung „Escape!“
mit Philipp Romann
Mit Voranmeldung

10:50 Uhr

„Hey, ihr da! Seid ihr auch mal für mich
da?“ Einführung und Diskussion zum
Theaterstück „Escape!“ von Rainer
Lewandowski mit Knut Winkmann,
Theater Lübeck

11:11 Uhr

TIP-Talk: Thema „Krisenherd Schule!“
Krisen in der Schule mit einleitender
kurzer Lesung aus „Reflexionen“

12:00 Uhr


12:12 Uhr

Workshop „Ich krieg´ne Krise!“ mit
Cornelia Koch, tribüHne Theater,
Lübeck / Mit Voranmeldung


13:13 Uhr

TIP-Talk mit internationalen
Gästen: Thema „Hilfe in 24 Std.!“
Krisenintervention mit einleitender kurzer
Lesung aus „Reflexionen“

14:00 Uhr

Musikalischer Beitrag, Fabian Eicke

14:14 Uhr

Interaktiver Vortrag „Lebensfördernde
und Lebensentfremdende Sprache“
Gewaltfreie Kommunikation nach dem
Modell von Marshall Rosenberg mit
Cornelia Koch, tribüHne Theater, Lübeck
und Gesine Schrader, Wechselspiel e.V.,

15:00 Uhr
Musikalischer Beitrag, Fabian Eicke


15:15 Uhr

TIP-Talk: Thema „Wieviele Krisen bei
Kindern und Jugendlichen kann sich die
Politik noch erlauben?“ Wie ernst nimmt
Politik die Gedanken und Gefühle der
Jugendlichen? Einleitende kurze Lesung
aus „Reflexionen“

16:00 Uhr

„Reflexionen“ – Wir finden uns
zusammen zum fachlichen Austausch!

16:16 Uhr

Aufführung „Escape!“
mit Philipp Romann
Ohne Voranmeldung

17:17 Uhr

„Benefizversteigerung – Patinnen, Paten
und Präsente“ mit Auktionator Wolfgang
Mutz, Versteigerungen aller Art

Freitag, 11.September 2009
Ort: Werkhof Lübeck, Kanalstr. 70



Kontaktadresse für weitere Informationen, Anmeldungen usw.:
TIP Lübeck - Initiativen unter einem Dach e.V.
Kanalstr. 80, 23552 Lübeck
Telefon: 0451 – 87 11 306

Nähere Informationen finden Sie im Flyer (PDF-Dokument, 7675 KB)



Donnerstag, 10. September 2009

Lesung mit Petra Endres

Die Autorin liest Auszüge aus ihrem Buch "Wir wollen leben - Suizid in der Familie bewältigen" (Bonn, 2009).

Petra Endres hat vor 16 Jahren ihren Mann durch Suizid verloren. Sie hat ihrem Schiksalsschlag in ihrm Buch verarbeitet, auch mit dem Wunsch, anderen Menschen zu helfen, mit ähnlichen Erlebnissen zurecht zu kommen. Sie knüpft damit an ihre Diplomarbeit zur Pädagogik mit dem Titel "Papa hat sich umgebracht, Mama wie lange weinst du noch?" an.

Ort: Mainzer Rathaus, Valencia Zimmer, Jockel-Fuchs-Platz 1, 55116 Mainz.
Zeit: 18.30 Uhr
Veranstalter: Stark fürs Leben, Kaiserstr. 10, 55116 Mainz


Sonntag, 13. September 2009

Ökumenischen Gottesdienst zum Thema Suizid

Zeit: 11.15 Uhr
Ort: Kreuzkirche, Hiltenspergerstrasse 55, 80796 München-Schwabing
Beteiligt sind: DIE ARCHE – Suizidprävention und Hilfe in Lebenskrisen e.V. ;
Mitten im Leben – Hilfe für Hinterbliebene nach Suizid e. V.; Münchner Bündnis gegen Depression e.V.

Donnerstag, 8. Oktober 2009

Im Rahmen der Woche der seelischen Gesundheit findet eine Informationsveranstaltung zum Thema „Lebenskrisen und Suizidgefährdung“ statt. Mitarbeiter und Mitarbeiterinnen der ARCHE informieren über das Thema, berichten über ihre Erfahrungen mit suizidgefährdeten Menschen und stellen Hilfemöglichkeiten dar.

Zeit: 19.00 Uhr
Ort: DIE ARCHE – Suizidprävention und Hilfe in Lebenskrisen e.V., Viktoriastr.9, 80803 München-Schwabing, Tel. 089/33 40 41
Um Anmeldung wird gebeten.

Mittwoch, 28. Oktober

Fest- und Vortragsveranstaltung unter dem Thema „Ambivalenz der Freiheit“ zum vierzigjährigen Bestehen der ARCHE
Zeit: ab 14.30 Uhr


Das genaue Programm und Anmeldemöglichkeit ist zu finden unter:




Mittwoch, den 09. Septmeber 2009
Informationsstände zum Thema Suizid
a) Krisenhilfe in der Stadtbibliothek in Münster
b) TelefonSeelsorge Münster im Kirchenfoyer
12 Uhr gemeinsame Pressekonferenz
Öffnung der Infostände je nach Öffnungszeit der Veranstaltungsorte

Donnerstag, den 10. September 2009
Improtheatergruppe Ratzfatz, Münster - Improvisationsstück unter verbaler Einwurfbeteiligung der ZuschauerInnen zum Thema Suizid.
Ort: Kreativhaus Münster, Diepenbrockstraße 28 in Münster
Zeit: 20 Uhr
Kosten: 5 Euro für Ehrenamtliche der Krisenhilfe und der TelefonSeelsorge, 8 Euro für andere Gäste

In der gesamten Woche
Kurzfilm "König Ludwig" (1 Min.) im Cinema, Münster

Veranstalter: TelefonSeelsorge Münster in Kooperation mit der Krisenhilfe Münster

Saarbrücken und saarländischer Landkreis

Mit ihren Aktionen in allen saarländischen Landkreisen wollen das Aktionsbündnis und regionale Selbsthilfegruppen über Hilfsangebote für Betroffene, Angehörige und Hinterbliebene informieren.
Weitere Informationen finden Sie sowohl hier (PDF, 940 KB) als auch auf der Postkarte (PDF, 593 KB)

Montag, 7. September 2009
In Zusammenarbeit mit dem Saarländischen Rundfunk:
Gesprächsrunde unter dem Motto "Hilfe zum Leben - wie man dem Selbstmord vorbeugen kann". Was Selbstmord für Betroffene wie Angehörige bedeutet und welche Hilfen es gibt, um mit scheinbar ausweglosen Situationen umzugehen. Gesprächspartner: Heidrun Mohren-Dörrenbächer, Dipl.Psychologin bei der Evangelisch-katholischen Telefonseelsorge Saarbrücken, Dr. Martin Kaiser, Chefarzt der Psychiatrischen Abteilung des SHG-Krankenhauses Merzig und Frank Weinsheimer vom Saarländischen Bündnis gegen Depression.
Moderation: Christian Otterbach.
Zeit: 19 Uhr
Ort: katholischen Kirchenladen „St. Glauben am Markt“ in Saarbrücken, St. Johanner Markt 23

Hilfe zum Leben - dem Selbstmord vorbeugen
Gesprächsrund mit Frank Weinsheimer, Saarl. Bündnis gegen Depression, Heidrun Mohren-Dörrenbächer, Telefonseelsorge, Dr. Martin Kaiser, Chefarzt SHG Klinik Merzig
Zeit: 19:00 Uhr
Ort: Saarbrücken, St. Glauben am Markt, St. Joanner Markt 23
Flyer finden Sie hier (PDF, 164 KB)

Donnerstag, 10. September 2009

Ab 17.30Uhr in Saarbrücken (St. Johanner Markt), in St.Ingbert (Engelbertskirche), in Homburg (Christian Weber Platz), in Neunkirchen
(Stummplatz), in St. Wendel (Schlossplatz) und in Saarlouis (Kleiner Markt).
Der Infostand in Merzig am alten Stadthaus ist von 8 bis 16 Uhr geöffnet.

Ökumenischer Gottesdienst, um18.30 Uhr lädt das Aktionsbündnis zu einem ökumenischen Gottesdienst in die Basilika St. Johann in Saarbrücken ein.

Dienstag, den 15. September 2009 Selbsthilfegruppe "Angehörige um Suizid", 1. Treffen
Zeit: 18.30 Uhr
Ort: Ev. Gemeindehaus St. Arnual, Arnulfstr. 19, 66119 Saarbrücken
Weitere Informationen finden Sie hier (PDF-Dokument, 67 KB)

Sonntag, 20. September 2009

Sendung der Gesprächsrunde auf SR2 ab 20.04 Uhr in der Sendereihe "Diskurs"



Donnerstag, 10. September 2009 um 19:00 Uhr

Halt finden in haltloser Zeit – Die ökonomische Krise und ihre Auswirkungen auf den Einzelnen

Veranstaltung des Freundeskreises der TelefonSeelsorge Ulm/Neu-Ulm zum Welttag der Suizidprävention

Die ökonomische Krise wirkt sich über Kurzarbeit, Arbeitsplatzgefährdung oder -verlust auf jeden Einzelnen aus. Die seelischen Auswirkungen durch Stress am Arbeitsplatz oder Arbeitslosigkeit sind enorm und können zu persönlicher Destabilisierung bis hin zur Suizidgefährdung führen. Die kurzen Impulse der beiden Referenten werden von improvisierten Szenen der „Showbuddies“ ergänzt.

Referenten: Betriebsseelsorger Paul Schobel, Dr. Rudolf Metzger (Ärztl. Direktor ZfP Bad Schussenried) und Showbuddies, Ulm

Ort: Pauluskirche, Frauenstraße 110, Ulm

Eintritt frei, um Spenden wird gebeten



Die AGUS-Gruppe Würzburg lädt Betroffene und Interessenten herzlich ein:

Donnerstag, 10.September 2009
15.00 - 17.30 Uhr: Infostand bei der Augustinerkirche, Schönbornstraße, Würzburg
18.00 Uhr: Meditativer Gottesdienst in der Augustinerkirche
mit Saxophon-Begleitung
"Ausweg aus der Heimatlosigkeit"

Freitag, 28. August bis Freitag, 9. Oktober 2009
Schaufenstergestaltung in der Stadtbücherei im Falkenhaus am Marktplatz
Motto: Suizidpraevention

Freitag, 11. und Samstag, 12. September 2009
AGUS-Informationsstand in der Stadtbücherei, die Gruppenleiterinnen sind anwesend.
Dietlind Marsch, Tel. 09324-2896
Helga Mend, Tel: 0931-94362


Internationaler Tag der Suizidprävention am 10. September

Nationales Suizid Präventions Programm, in Germany, in cooperation with the European Network on Suicide Research and Prevention and the WHO, and with the participation of the Federal Ministry of Health and Social Security, are celebrating World Suicide Prevention Day on September 10th.





Suicide is not a neutral word. It is not a neutral behavior. As a word, it evokes powerful emotional reactions regardless of the outcome. It is a traumatic event in any setting for the individual and for all the people who have some connection with that person. The person who commits suicide puts his psychological skeleton in the survivor's closet.

September 10th, 2009, is World Suicide Prevention Day, organized by the International Association for Suicide Prevention (IASP) in collaboration with the World Health Organization (WHO). The International Association for Suicide Prevention (IASP) was founded in Vienna (1960) as a fellowship of researchers, clinicians, practitioners, volunteers and national and local organizations. IASP, in official relations with the WHO, believes that suicide prevention should be given greater priority at global, national, and local levels incorporating research that has shown suicide is preventable.

The theme for World Suicide Prevention Day in 2009 is "Suicide Prevention in Different Cultures".

The Day will be launched at the Press Conference of the United Nations on September 10th at the United Nations Headquarters in New York, where the President of IASP, Professor Brian Mishara, and WHO representatives will announce the latest figures on suicide worldwide as well as suicide prevention activities. Suicide deaths exact a tremendous and tragic psychological, social and economic cost every year, but the primary message we want to convey on World Suicide Prevention Day is that we can prevent suicide. More than a million people worldwide die by suicide each year.

More people kill themselves than die in all wars, terrorist activities and homicides.

Many millions more make suicide attempts severe enough to need medical treatment, and over six million people are affected each year by the disastrous impact of the suicide of a close friend or family member.

We want to send a positive message and a message of hope, we now have a clear understanding of the causes of suicide and we know enough to be able to prevent a significant proportion of these tragic, unnecessary and premature deaths, to treat suicidal people effectively and to help families bereaved by suicide.

Suicide results from a complex interaction of causal factors, including mental illness, poverty, substance abuse, social isolation, losses, relationship difficulties and workplace problems. To be effective, suicide prevention needs to incorporate a multifaceted approach that acknowledges the multiple causes of suicidal behavior.

Suicidal Issues in Ghana - Extent of the Problem

Suicide rates are very alarming in Ghana, with more than 1,556 cases involving 1,129 Male and 427 Female in 2008. Dominant Methods are Hanging and poisoning in the Southern Sector and Fire arm and hanging in the Northern sector.

The challenge of suicide prevention is now one of the most urgent issues facing our today's society.

Call to Decriminalize Suicide Attempt in Ghana

Attempted suicide remains a criminal offence in our country, section 57 (Clause) 2 of the 1960 criminal code. This call is not an acceptance or endorsement of the individual's self-determination in taking his or her life, but rather from a more pragmatic understanding that:

  1. There is no form of criminal punishment that is acceptable for a completed suicide
  2. Criminal punishment is singularly inefficacious to deter attempts to commit suicide once someone believes that his or her life was no more worth living
  3. Suicide is a problem with its roots and solutions found in sciences outside the law and criminal law therefore is an inappropriate tool for dealing with it
  4. Sentencing a corpse is irrational, and that the same person, technically, could not be considered both murderer and victim at the same time
  5. Attempted suicide, or the ambivalent expression of the desire to commit suicide - e.g., "I want to die"- is actually a cry for help and neurotic expression of the need for help or feelings of desperation
  6. Criminal punishments applied to attempted suicide, has the ironic effect of encouraging would-be suicides to make certain they did not fail

We must strive to remove stigma, offences and punishments and make our system friendly for the suicidal to receive treatment. Until the law that makes suicide a crime is repealed and stigma removed, suicide will continue to be a hidden and undisclosed phenomenon in our country.

The Future for Suicide Prevention in Ghana

NACI envisions a country where suicide prevention is embraced as a public priority by all members of society, where people touched by suicide are supported, and communities link awareness with action in order to save lives.

We are therefore appealing on all to donate towards our activies.

Wisdom Mensah Dali
+233 24 4573734
E-mail: nefaacicare or

Hong Kong

A press conference will be organized to announce the latest findings of suicide and suicide attempts in Hong Kong with a special appeal for community response to tackle the problem in a selected district areas.

The joint efforts are organized by the Centre for Suicide Research & Prevention of the University of Hong Kong and two community stakeholders, Princess Margaret Hospital and Kwai Tsing Safe Community and Healthy City Association. Based on a local surveillance and monitoring system of deliberate self harm (DSH), findings will be announced on the World Suicide Prevention Day 2009.

Kwai Tsing is found to be the Hong Kong district where the highest number of episodes of DSH occurred. The press conference will calls for community-based programs to be implemented to improve follow-up services and mental rehabilitation for DSH patients, to raise awareness on mental health; to reconnect members in the community

The Samaritan Befrienders Hong Kong

Under the theme "Suicide Prevention in Different Cultures" this year, The Samaritan Befrienders Hong Kong, in collaboration with the World Suicide Prevention Day, will organize "Sunny Life" -short positive video competition and prizing giving ceremony in the Shek Mun Campus of Hong Kong Baptist University on 6 September. Through taking and sharing of positive lives video, we hope that people can adopt positive and self-strengthening attitude to face daily life challenge and difficulty.




Befrienders India is the national organisation of all suicide prevention centres in India. There are 9 member centres in India, Sneha in Chennai, Maithri in Kochi, Roshni in Secunderabad, Maithreyi in Pondicherry, Lifeline in Kolkata, Saath in Ahmedabad, Sumaitri in New Delhi, Samaritans Helpline in Mumbai and Aasra in Navi Mumbai. All the centres in India are planning to observe World Suicide Prevention Day by arranging different programmes and activities.

Karimnagar, Andhra Pradesh

Suicide prevention seminar was organized and held.

Dr Sisa Suicide prevention Seminar in Karimnagar, Andhra Pradesh


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.

Browse additional photos in the World Suicide Prevention Day 2009 Photo Gallery.

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,, 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.


We at the department of psychiatry, Bhopal Memorial Hospital in central India are organizing an awareness camp on 10th September to help increase suicide prevention and also to create awareness about early detection and correct and timely treatment of psychiatric disorders like depression, schizophrenia, thus reducing the incidence of suicide.

Head of the Department Psychology
Psychology Department
Govt. M.L.B. Girls P.G. College
Bhopal. M. P.

The students of Psychology department have prepared the posters to convey message to all the students that "life is beautiful and worth living" and how to prevent a person from committing suicide. The posters motivated them to convey this message to their relatives ,friends , in their locality and community . At the same time the brief out look of suicidal tendency were discussed and how to help the person who have attempted suicide and survived to rehabilitate in family and society.

A poster competition was organized and posters were displayed in the department on suicide prevention day.

The students have also actively participated in a Programme organized on Suicide prevention day at Hamedia Medical College Bhopal.


We are planning a big event in Chennai for the World Suicide Prevention Day. We are planning to have a walkathon with about 2000 people on the beach. In addition we are going to have 20 murals depicting suicide prevention. We have asked the art colleges around the city and announced a competition with prizes for the first three. The murals will be judged by Mr. Thotta Tharani, a famous art director and artist himself. The walkathon will be flagged off hopefully by union minister Mr. Dayanidhi Maran. We will know about his programme by tomorrow. If he is unable to come we will have somebody else.


Surat, Gujarat

I am a lecturer from Master of Social Work Program.

The Following activities are organized for World Suicide Prevention Day - 10th September, 2009.

(a) An article is sent to a local newspaper- GujaratMitra- Emphasizing the significance of family therapy -suicide can be prevented.

(b) An exhibition of charts made by students of social work will be organized in a girl's college.

(c) A short play addressing gender issue -cultural influence and suicidal tendency among women in Indian society will be performed at Women's college.

(d) A lecture will be delivered on "Role of counselors and social workers in prevention of suicide"- Family Therapy specifically.

(e) Students were encouraged and guided by Faculty to take part in debate on- Should suicide be punishable act? which is being organized by

Psychiatry Dept. Civil Hospital.
Activities organizer
LECTURER, M.S.W. Programme,
Sociology Department,
Social Science Building,
Veer Narmad South Gujarat University,
Udhana -Magdalla road,

Kottayam, Kerala

Under the aegis of the Department of Psychiatry, the ‘World Suicide Prevention Day’ will be observed at the PTA Lecture Hall, Medical College Hospital, here on September 10.

Dr P Chandramohan, former Vice-Chancellor, Kannur University and Director of Medical Education, will inaugurate the function. Dr V Satheesh, Head of Psychiatry Department, will preside over. Dr A Meharunnisa, Principal, Medical College, Kottayam, will deliver the keynote address.

A panel discussion on suicide prevention will be held after the inaugural session. Dr V K Balakrishnan, general secretary, WAPR India, will be the moderator. The legal and psychiatric aspects of the issue, the role of media, police and sociological approach will be dealt in detail during the session.



Swami Vivekananda Youth Movement(SVYM) which is a voluntary organization working in the sectors of Health, Education and Development in Mysore is organizing the essay competition in various B. Ed and M. Ed Colleges of Mysore city on the topic "Role of teachers in prevention of suicide attempts and deaths" during the week around September 10th of 2009.

Viveka Teachers Training and Research Center (VTTRC) which is part of Swami Vvekananda Youth Movement is carrying out an Essay competition for the D. Ed students on 10-09-2009.

SVYM is also communicating to Karnataka State Open University (KSOU)through a common mail to reach out to all the students of KSOU and sensitize them about the role of each individual in creating a caring environment so that people with the suicidal tendencies will be cared for and come out of their worries which inturn alleviate their suicidal tendencies.

Kadiyali, Udupi


WSPD Manipal College of Nursing

View more images in the World Suicide Prevention Day 2009 Photo Gallery.

The World Suicide Prevention Day -2009 was observed in Kamalabhai High School, Kadiyali, Udupi District. The programme was organized by the Department of Psychiatric Nursing and II Year PC B Sc Nursing Students of Manipal College of Nursing, Manipal under the leadership of Mrs. Tessy Treesa Jose, Head of the Department of Psychiatric Nursing and the co-ordinator Mrs.Blessy Prabha Valsaraj, Associate Professsor. It was attended by 250 students and teachers of the school. Charts on the theme “Suicide Prevention in different cultures”, Epidemiological factors of Suicide, Risk factors and Adaptive behaviours that can prevent suicide were displayed in the School Auditorium from September 10th to 15th.

The formal programme was started at 2.30pm in the Auditorium of Kamalabhai High School on September 15th with the Prayer sung by the School Students. The programme was inaugurated by lighting the lamp by Mr Gunakara Shetty Principal Kamalabhai High School, Mrs Linu Sara George Associate Professor Department of Psychiatric Nursing (on behalf of the Head of the Department), Mrs Blessy Prabha Valsaraj, Mrs Asha K Nayak Lecturer Department of Psychiatric Nursing and Student Representatives Mrs Jayashree (II Year PC B Sc Nursing) and Mr Ashok (10th Standard) followed by the Welcome Address by Ms Janifer Shiny (II Year PC B Sc Nursing Student).

Mr Gunakara Shetty mentioned the school’s origin and also the significance of the nursing profession in his speech. Mrs Blessy Prabha Valsaraj addressed the students by narrating a story from Panchathantra and correlated its moral to the real life i.e every individual faces problems and hardships in life but with courage and optimism we can overcome those difficulties. Next was a Role play by the II Year PC B Sc nursing students which depicted an adolescent girl’s school and family situation and the way her teacher, mother and friend helped her to find solution to her problems.

Thereafter Mrs Shalini (II Year PC B Sc Nursing) gave a speech on suicide prevention. Mrs Asha K Nayak enlightened the gathering on how to prevent suicide and to cope with stress. Mrs Soumya (II Year PC B Sc Nursing) conducted a Quiz programme for the school students regarding Suicidal Prevention in which the School students participated actively and bagged many prizes. The Quiz was followed by a lovely dance performance by the school students.

Mr Gunakara Shetty has expressed vote of thanks .At the end Mrs Reshma (II Year PC B Sc Nursing) and also the faculty of Department of Psychiatric Nursing conveyed words of gratitude to the School authority and sweets were distributed to all. The programme was over by 4.30 pm.

Karnataka, Udupi

Greetings from Dr. A.V.Baliga Memorial Hospital

WSPD 2009 Udupi Karnataka

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Dr. A.V.Baliga Memorial hospital, Doddanagudde, Udupi in association with District Health and Family Welfare Department, Udupi and National Rural Health Mission, District hospital, Udupi organized World Suicide Prevention Day workshop for various health care professionals. On 10th September 2009 at IMA hall, Brahmagiri, Udupi.

The function was inaugurated by Dr. Ramachandra Bairy, Dist Health officer, Udupi, Dr. P.V.Bhandary, Director, Dr. A.V.Baliga Memorial Hospital, Udupi presided over the function. Dr. V.L.Nayak, Managing trustee, IMA charitable trust, Udupi and Dr. Nagabhushan. Udupi, dist project officer, National Rural Health Mission, udupi were the guests for this programme.

As there is an acute scarcity for mental health professional in the society, primary health care professionals were targeted who work in community level and they were educated about the basic facts, statistics and treatment of suicidal tendencies and other mental disorders. Around 100 primary health care professionals (ANM Nurses) of Udupi district attended the programme and were benefited out of it.

The following resource persons delivered their lectures on various topics: Dr. P.V.Bhandary, Director, Dr. A.V.Baliga Memorial Hospital, Udupi delivered lectures on Myths and facts of Suicide and Epilepsy and its management. Dr. Virupaksha Devaramane, Consultant psychiatrist, Dr. A.V.Baliga Memorial Hospital, Udupi delivered lecture on Emotional Problems of School children and Depression and Anxiety disorders. Dr. Vasudev, Consultant psychiatrist, Dist Government Hospital, Udupi delivered lecture on Dementia and other major mental illnesses. Mr.Nagraj, Psychologist, Dr. A.V.Baliga Memorial Hospital, Udupi delivered lecture on Mental retardation.

Thanking you

Dr. P.V.Bhandary
Dr. A.V.Baliga Memorial Hospital
Doddanagudde, Udupi dist - 574102
Karnataka, INDIA
Ph: +91-820-2535299, +91-820-2535399, +91-820-2535899



Yesterday, we held a press and TV conference at the Tehran Institute of Psychiatry in occasion of WSPD. Unfortunately it was not possible for us a Twitter contact. At the meeting we had four faculty members as speakers and at the end they replied to reporters' questions.

S.M. Hassanzadeh, MD,
Associate Professor and Director
Community Psychiatry Division and Suicide Prevention Committee
Tehran Institute of Psychiatry
Iran University of Medical Sciences (IUMS)



A car boot sale will take place in the car park of St Anne’s Church, Dublin Road, Shankill, on Saturday, August 22 from 9am to 2 pm. Price is e10 per car/e15 per van. All proceeds go towards the suicide prevention charity, Suicide or Survive (SOS).


3T's is a registered charity founded to raise awareness of the problem of suicide in Ireland and to raise funds to help lower suicide rates through dedicated research, educational support and intervention.

The West of Ireland Candlelight Remembrance Service will take place in St Nicholas’ Collegiate Church, Galway on Friday September 11th at 8pm. This evening has proved to be a very healing and comforting experience for all who attended in the past.

Admission is free and refreshments are served after the ceremony.
Friday September 11th 8 – 930pm
St Nicholas’ Collegiate Church, Galway
Contact Eileen on 086 8113886 for more information
For information on Candlelight Remembrance Services in other locations click here.


Our event is taking place in Kilkenny, Republic of Ireland, on the 12th September 2009.

In partnership with the South Eastern Suicide Resource Office, the Lifeline network of suicide awareness & prevention agencies and volunteers in Kilkenny are organising the 3rd Annual World Suicide Prevention Day series of events.The key event being an awareness & information stand in McDonagh Junction Shopping Centre on Saturday September 12th from 1-5.30pm.

The event will consist of information stalls from an expanded range of groups and organisations, both state and voluntary, who offer support and promote positive mental/physical health. Over the last two years agencies that have participated include Kilkenny Bereavement, Samaritans, Grow, HSE, Kilkenny Substance Misuse team, Kilkenny Youth Forum, Shine (formally Schizophrenia Ireland), Kilkenny Rape Crisis Centre, ISPCC, Rainbows Ireland, Church of Ireland and others.

Other activities organised include:




Our event will be held in Biella (Piedmont, Italy) on Monday September 7th from 9-11pm.

The event consist of a conference, organised from the local Association TELEFONO AMICO BIELLA (a Volunteers Hotline) in partnership with the MENTAL HEALTH DEPARTMENT of Biella and the Association IL FILO D’ARGENTO AUSER (Elderly Volunteers).

First aim is to increase public awareness about suicide and about suicide prevention initiatives in the community. Policy makers and politicians are also been invited.

Second aim is the presentation of the Project “ORECCHIO TESO”. This project offers to suicide prevention interesting non-professional people informations and training on how to recognize someone who might be suicidal or in crisis and how to give first-aid.


World Suicide Prevention Day 2009

World Suicide Prevention Day Conference

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A two-day conference will be held on the 9th and 10th of September with participation of the Sapienza University of Rome. As in the past years, the event will bring together suicidologists from all over Italy as weel as distingueshed international guests. A number of press releases at this time have been reported announcing the event. Any mental health setting in Italy received an information kit, providing basic information on suicide and World Suicide Prevention Day. A number of Ministries of the Italian Government welcomed the event and promised to send greetings when opening the meeting. Other major Italian Institutions who also received an invitation, welcomed the event and scheduled major efforts in suicide prevention. This year event has also received formal patronage by Rome Municipality, National Institute of Health, Health Agency of Lazio Region as well as a number of Foundations.

La giornata mondiale per la prevenzione del suicidio si terrà il 10 settembre come iniziativa dell’Associazione Internazionale per la Prevenzione del Suicidio (International Association for Suicide Prevention) ed è un evento co-sponsorizzato dall’Organizzazione Mondiale della Sanità. Il tema principale del 2009 è “La Prevenzione del Suicidio nelle diverse Culture”.

L’evento si propone di sensibilizzare secondo i seguenti punti:

In Italia si valutano ogni anno tra 3.500 e 4.000 i suicidi ogni anno. I dati epidemiologici sui suicidi e i tentativi di suicidio provengono dall’Autorità giudiziaria (verbali e rapporti di Polizia e Carabinieri) o da quella Sanitaria (secondo i dati elaborati dall’Istituto di statistica sanitaria tratti dai certificati di morte). Tali dati sono spesso non coerenti tra loro; sono, soprattutto per parere unanime degli esperti, sottostimati (in specie quelli fornito dall’Autorità Giudiziaria) e vengono aggiornati con un ritardo di almeno 2-3 anni. Nel 2004 i suicidi “ufficiali” sono stati per l’Istat 3.265 (758 donne e 2.507 uomini), con un tasso di 5,6 su 100.000 persone, con prevalenza del Nord Est e valori molto più bassi nell’Italia Meridionale. La regione che appare con il più alto tasso è il Friuli Venezia Giulia, con il 9,8 e la più bassa la Campania con il 2,6.



Vatican City

Pope “to join” suicide prevention with IASP to maintain the gift of life

Pope meets IASP representatives

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The Christian ban on suicide is founded on a respect for life. Although there is still a dispute on whether suicide was banned in the Old or New Testament, past centuries witnessed strict condemnation of those who self-killed.

Various practices were not performed on the bodies of those who had committed suicide, and also funerals were not allowed and burials had to be performed during night hours.

This year marked a change with possible important implications for suicide prevention. I was invited, with fellow co-workers from Sapienza University of Rome, as a representative of the IASP, to take part in Benedict XVI's Wednesday Assembly on September 9th on the occasion of World Suicide Prevention Day.

It was exciting to have the Pope’s blessing of the event. On the same note, the official newspaper of the Vatican City, The Osservatore Romano, reported the news and stressed that the Pope warned that silence may be a good tool to keep apart alien noises of the present society which can otherwise lead to indifference and ultimately to solitude. This source went on to report that the Pope wished a fruitful event for World Suicide Prevention Day.

Maurizio Pompili, M.D., Ph.D.



World Suicide Prevention Day Conference

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1. Media exposure Radio
a) interview and discussion on KLAS Sports Radio with Dr. Loraine Barnaby and some young people and Announcer Tony Young. Time 2.30 p.m.
b) Interview on Nationwide radio between the hrs of 6-8.30 p.m.
Topics suicide trends in Jamaica and the Media Guidelines for responsible reporting of suicide.

2. Media exposure Print
Article on suicide and the media.

3. Seminar by the new organisation 'Choose Life International'
headed by Donovan Thomas PhD, psychologist.
this will address suicide and suicide prevention and is open to health and education professionals and also the general public.

At this seminar, Dr. L. Barnaby,consultant psychiatrist and national rep for the IASP, will give greetings on behalf of the IASP and will also present a paper.



Foundation TOGETHER Kosovo marked the 10 September, International Day of Suicide Prevention with a Debate about suicide prevention.

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International Day for Suicide Prevention is held every year on the 10 September as initiative of the International Association for Suicide Prevention (IASP). The Debate, organized by Prime Ministers Office for Good Governance and Foundation Together Kosovo, for marking the International Day of Suicide Prevention, was held in Government Building in Prishtina.

The purpose of the debate was to mark this day and get the participants’ opinions for steps that need to be taken for suicide prevention in Kosovo regarding the National Action Plan for Suicide Prevention in Kosovo that includes the activities of Foundation Together and is strongly supported by the Government of Kosovo. 46 participants included representatives from non-governmental organizations, youth organizations, experts and various representatives of public institutions.

The debate was commenced by Mr. Habit Hajredini from the Office for Good Governance who welcomed the participants and invited them to contribute with their opinions and recommendations for important elements that should be included in the National Action Plan for Suicide Prevention in Kosovo.

Following the opening, Mr. Aliriza Arneliu, a local expert of suicide phenomena, provided a detailed and thorough description of data on suicide phenomena in Kosovo, presenting the research results conducted in 2007 and 2008, emphasizing that the main problem is the rising trend of suicides. Mr. Arenliu also emphasized the role of media, both print and electronic, and invited them to become important partners in efforts for suicide prevention in Kosovo.

Mr. Ferid Agani, a local expert, continued the debate with the topic on possibilities for development of a suicide prevention program in Kosovo, congratulating the organizers for for initiation of the process for compilation of national action plan for suicide prevention in Kosovo. In this aspect, Mr. Agani suggested to work in two directions: monitoring group, following up or supervising and analysis group for identification and determination of many causes that cause the suicide phenomena in Kosovo, which would consist of domestic and international experts.

After the presentations participants were invited to raise questions, discussions, suggestions and recommendations regarding the issues presented. Various issues on suicide prevention and awareness raising on phenomena were raised and discussed, including joint opportunities for compilation and implementation of a national prevention plan.

As a result of discussions, general conclusions and recommendations were reached: To deeply and thoroughly analyze the current situation of suicide and self harm phenomena in Kosovo; To work on awareness raising and education of health employees, teachers and social workers on suicide phenomena; To utilize existing strategies for compilation of the national program and action plan for suicide prevention; To include all actors in working groups; To have a special place for media within that strategy; To work on reintegration and re-socialization of persons that attempted to harm themselves; To work on prevention and treatment of other negative phenomena such as alcohol abuse, drug abuse, HIV/AIDS, depression etc.




La ciudad de Guadalajara será sede del Tercer Foro sobre la Prevención del Suicidio, que se realizará el próximo 3 y 4 de septiembre, con la participación de especialistas de la salud a nivel mundial, coordinados por la Asociación Mexicana de Suicidología, previo al día mundial de la prevención del suicidio, que se celebra el 10 de septiembre.

Para mayores informes, los organizadores pusieron a disposición de los interesados la página web y el correo electrónico


My name is Mr. Vilyo Ndapopiwa, from Ministry of Health and Social Welfare Services, Directorate Social Welfare Services, Namibia. I am the coordinator of suicide prevention programme for the Directorate. I am currently busy organising a focus group discussion workshop on suicide prevention, 8 - 10 Sept 2009, with the purpose of determining whether it should strengthen any existing suicide prevention programmes or develop and implement new programmes in the regions, through regional social workers and other relevant stakeholders. It will enhance their competences to fulfill effectively their role as a stakeholder in suicide prevention.

Vilyo Ndapopiwa

Programme (doc)


Talk Program on youth suicide prevention. Sept 10 2009

National Association for Suicide orevention and Research (NASPAR)

Contactperson:- Rishi Ojha President,

New Zealand


September 10-11, 2009 National Suicide Prevention Symposium

Mercure Hotel, Willis St, Wellington, New Zealand

Each year SPINZ (Suicide Prevention Information New Zealand) offers specific events that focus on advancing suicide prevention work in Aotearoa New Zealand. These events are held to coincide with World Suicide Prevention Day on 10 September each year. SPINZ warmly invites you to the 2-day symposiumCulture and Suicide Prevention in Aotearoa - this is your chance to increase your knowledge and understanding of effective suicide prevention approaches in our modern, diverse society. We open the event with a Māori welcome, or powhiri, at Pipitea Marae and follow with our key note addresses from internationally recognised speakers, Professor Mason Durie and Dr Tracy Westerman. Later, at the Mercure Hotel, we will provide a great line up of presenters, refreshments and a symposium reception featuring local artists to allow you to relax and network with presenters and colleagues.

The full two-day programme of presentations can be viewed online by clickinghere.

Media are welcome to attend. Please use the online registration form which can be found here.




To reduce suicide, this is caused as a result of lack of employment, poverty, frustration, difficulties, deadly communicable diseases, illiteracy and depression etc in our rural communities and Nigeria as a whole there is the tendency for us to reach out to the people for effective communication through sensitization in the radio, television, town criers, distribution of flyers and educate them on the important of life.

After the education and knowledge that will be positively imparted to households, they will be equipped to know the value of their LIVES and reposition them for a bright future.

At 8pm I will light a Candle in support.



We have celebrated “Suicide Prevention Day” in Pakistan on September 10, 2009 with different media programs. We distributed yellow ribbons in Aga Khan Medical College and Hospital and stressed the importance of Suicide Prevention in Pakistan. Attached are few photographs as well. (These images can be found in the World Suicide Prevention Day 2009 Photo Gallery.)

Best wishes


Muhammad Shahid, MBBS MPH MSc MCPS FCPS
Assistant Professor, Department of Emergency Medicine
Aga Khan University Karachi Pakistan
Tel: 92-21-4861182
Fax: +92-21-4934294

First National Seminar on Suicide Prevention

SUICIDE: Hidden Realities in Pakistan

Johns Hopkins-Aga Khan Fogarty International Trauma and Injury Training Program

Wednesday, September 30, 2009
9:00 am to 1:00 pm
Auditorium, Aga Khan University, Karachi


Seminar followed by Workshop on Suicide Risk: Identification and Management

Wednesday, September 30, 2009
2:00 to 5:00 pm
Conference Room, Department of Emergency Medicine, Aga Khan University, Karachi

Who Should Attend?

Health care providers, Medical, & Nursing students, Social workers, Teachers, Media persons, general public

Registration Fees:
Seminar: Rs. 200, Workshop: Rs. 300
(Combined Registration Rs. 400)

Organised by:
Suicide Prevention and Research Interest Group (SPRInG, AKU) and
Department of Continuing Professional Education, Aga Khan University

Conference Secretariat, Aga Khan University
Stadium Road, P.O Box: 3500, Karachi-74800, Pakistan
Telephone: (021) 3486 4578, 3486 4584 or 3493 0051 Ext: 4578

Press Coverage




In observance of the World Suicide Prevention Day on September 10, 2009 as advocated by the International Association for Suicide Prevention and the World Health Organization, Benguet State University (BSU) organized various activities to express its support to the call to protect life and prevent suicide.

Situated at the heart of Benguet Province, one of the leading if not the biggest vegetable producing area of the Philippines, this small university has always shared with the farming communities their problems and sentiments, the latest of which is the sudden rise of suicide by swallowing of agricultural pesticide. As death rate soars to unbelievable figures claiming many young lives including some of its own students, the university is now committed in sharing with the community the responsibility of 'putting a stop' to this meaningless loss of lives. Hence, the activities organized on September 10 are designed not only to serve its students and staff but also the community as well. The activities are as follows:

Opening Activity "Panalangin Alay sa Buhay" (A Prayer for Life)
A student-led suicide prevention prayer rally
Organized by CA-Cheering Squad and DevCom Society
7:30 AM - 8:00 AM

Closing Activity Banyuhay ng Kaisipan Tungo sa Buhay na Makabuluhan (Cognitive Metamorphosis Towards a Meaningful Life)
A launching of a month-long program to strengthen the psychological well-being among the youth in BSU and its neighboring communities
5:00 PM - 6:30 PM

As part of a longer commitment, the suicide prevention program is stretched to the whole month of September to cover other activities such as the airing of a magazine radio program at DZWT's BSU-on-the-air called "Pansigdan Tako Am-in (Well-being for All)" on September 21-25, 2009.

This aims to illuminate understanding of the suicide issue through the presentation of a participatory research project titled, "Pansigdan: Promoting Well-being in Madaymen". The said research project aims to identify the causes and correlates of suicide incidence in Madaymen, Kibungan as well as the reconfiguration of suicide phenomenon as a response to the reported rapid increase of suicide cases in the area.



On Thursday Sept 10 at 9:00 am, the Social Rehabilitation Center in Doha – Qatar will be holding a scientific activity about the World Suicide Prevention Day. We are encouraging everyone to get involved aiming to break the silence surrounding the suicide and confronting the stigma in our society, and finally we are demonstrating our support for a national suicide prevention strategy in Qatar.



On September 10th 2009, The ANTISUICIDE ALLIANCE is going to organize in Cluj-Napoca, Romania, a conference concerning „Prevention of suicide in different cultures”, which is the topic proposed by IASP.

We estimate a number of 120 participants, represented by psychiatrists, psychologists, sociologists and family practitioners. Professor Dr. Doina Cosman, President of ASA, toghether with her team, have in mind to present the „importance of knowing and acknowledging the causes that lead to suicide” and the fact that „death by suicide can be prevented”.

A very important section of this event will be represented by the press conference with the topic: „Good practices in anouncing a suicide case in the press”. During the press conference there will be a debate concerning the way in which the press should present a suicide case and the consequences of presenting such an information.

The press, as well as the local television, will be invited to take part in this event.





SEPTEMBER 10th 2009

Thursday, September 10th 2009,
Cluj-Napoca, Clinicilor Street nr. 2
University Central Library „Lucian Blaga”, „Ioan Muşlea” Hall

09.30 – 10.00 Registration of the participants
10.00 – 11.00
September 10th – World Suicide Prevention Day
Prof. Dr. Doina Cosman, President of ASA, Cluj Napoca

Launch of the European project SEYLE
Prof. Dr. Doina Cosman, President ASA, Cluj Napoca

Importance of SEYLE in suicide prevention among the young population
Dr. Bogdan Nemeş, Dr. Dana Herţa, Cluj Napoca

11.00 – 11.20 Coffee-break

11.20 – 13.00
Suicide as a mental disease problem
Dr. Dana Herţa, Dr. Oana Dobrescu, Cluj Napoca

Does suicide have genetic components?
Dr. Minodora Manea, Prof. Dr. Doina Cosman, President ASA, Dr. Mădălina Neamţu, Cluj Napoca

Decrease of suicide rates through treatment with atypical antipsychotic medication
Dr. Horia Coman, Prof. Dr. Doina Cosman, President ASA, Cluj Napoca

13.00 – 14.00 Lunch break

14.00 – 15.30
Impact of antipsychotics on suicidal behavior
Prof. Dr. Doina Cosman, President ASA, Dr. Horia Coman, Cluj Napoca

The effect of antidepressants in controlling stress
Prof. Dr. Doina Cosman, President ASA, Dr. Oana Dobrescu, Cluj Napoca

Myths about suicide among the medical staff
Dr. Luminiţa Sabău, Prof. Dr. Doina Cosman, President ASA, Cluj Napoca

Mass-media influence in shaping the attitudes towards suicidal behavior
Dr. Mădălina Neamţu, Dr. Oana Dobrescu, Cluj Napoca
15.30 – 16.00 Coffee-break
16.00 Press conference
The topic of the press conference will be „Good practices in announcing a suicide case in the press”, which is why we would like to have you there.

Organising agency:
B-dul 21 Decembrie 1989, nr.108, ap. 10
Phone: 0264 / 551175, Fax: 0264 / 551185



National University Hospital - Department of Psychological Medicine

A suicide prevention booth will be in operation at the main entrance lobby of the hospital – there’ll be a large butterfly-shaped (symbol of hope) poster at the booth, where people/staff will be invited to write on the poster re: their sentiments of suicide prevention or what they can do to prevent suicide. At the same time, there’ll be pamphlets/information on suicide prevention, and a video on suicide prevention being flashed at the eudcation hub.

Samaritans of Singapore (SOS)

As part of the Suicide Awareness Week 2009 and in conjunction with World Suicide Prevention Day on 10 September 2009, SOS is organizing a photography contest and exhibition entitled "Life’s Caring Moments".

Since 1969, SOS has been caring for Singapore by listening and providing emotional support to people who are feeling distressed or suicidal. In addition to raising awareness of the issue of suicide, the event also aims to remind the community of how a moment of empathy, understanding and care can make a world of difference to the people around us. Through the exhibition, we hope that people who view the photos will be reminded of the caring moments in their own lives, and to let these moments be resources that strengthen them during life’s difficult and distressing times.

The community is invited to participate in this awareness campaign by sending in photographs that capture the quintessence of a caring moment. The top three winners in each category (professional and amateur) stand to win attractive prizes.

Winning photographs as well as selected entries will be exhibited at VivoCity Level 1 (South Avenue), during the Suicide Awareness Week from 7 to 13 September 2009, and photographers will be acknowledged during the exhibition. Acknowledgement will also be given to photographers if their entries are selected by SOS for use in future collaterals.

Interested participants can refer to the contest details and the entry form. Jon in the “Life’s Caring Moments” photography contest and partner with SOS in suicide prevention. Click here for updates on the contest.



We commemorated World suicide preventive day on 10 September, with manifestation »Joy of living« in Žiče Monastery of Carthusian Monks..

We held a cultural program and a holy mass for all who commit suicide and their love ones.

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South Africa

Umhlanga Rocks

Our Into the Light walk will commemorate those who died by suicide and celebrate those left behind. It is also to create awareness in the community about suicide as many people are unaware of the shocking statistics.

Please visit our Facebook Event page.


Teenage Depression and Suicide Workshop
Date - Saturday, 19th September
Place - Elkanah House High School, Sunningdale
Time - 09h00 - 13h00
Investment Fee - R140-00 (includes materials and refreshments)

Presented by EQual Zeal Blouberg and Diane Mallaby in association with SADAG
Topics to be covered:




Con Motivo del Día Mundial de la Prevención del Suicidio, la ASOCIACIÓN DE INVESTIGACIÓN, PREVENCIÓN E INTERVENCIÓN DEL SUICIDIO, con sede en Madrid, España hemos organizado una mesa redonda el próximo día 10 de Septiembre a las 19:00 en las instalaciones del COLEGIO OFICIAL DE PSICÓLOGOS DE MADRID (Cuesta de San Vicente 4-5ª planta).

Teniendo en cuenta que la Organización Mundial de la Salud y sus colaboradores preconizan unas terapias adecuadas y medidas de seguimiento para quienes han intentado suicidarse, junto con un tratamiento más mesurado del suicidio por parte de los medios de comunicación. Su propuesta para el año 2009 es la prevención en las diferentes culturas, por ello los temas que vamos a abordar son:

Ante cualquier consulta pueden contactar: E-mail

Sri Lanka


On Monday 7th Sept. Sri Lanka Sumithrayo in Colombo held a press conference/Seminar on Suicide Prevention which was well attended by most of the Media and TV personnel. I spoke on Rural suicides at this meeting. The TV news Channels and English and Local language newspapers reported on it on the 10th of September.

The Sumithrayo Kandy Branch had also organised 3 events to commemorate Suicide Prevention day (I have copied the Director's note to me). Mawanella branch organised a well attended meeting (600) of Psychiatrist, Psychologist, Sociologist and volunteers in the mental health field. 2/3 majority of those at the meeting were senior students from schools in the area. Volunteers from all the other Sumithrayo Centres had gone out distributing hand bills about Suicide Prevention and the Sumithrayo Services.

Kind regards,

World Suicide Prevention Day – 10th September

Sri Lanka Sumithrayo Kandy Branch has organized the following programmes.

1. Date: 24th August 2009

Subject: Brief Presentation on “Suicide in Sri Lanka”

Venue: Workshop organized by Provincial Secretariat Central Province

Resource Person: Chairman, Sumithrayo, Kandy

2. Date: 28th August 2009

Subject: Suicide Among Young & Preventive Measures

Participants: Sumithrayo Volunteers – Kandy

Guest Speaker: Mr. Tissa Athukorale - Senior Lecturer, Dept. of Sociology University – Peradeniya

3. Date:11th September 2009

* Common Social Problems
* Suicide Among Rural Community
* Preventive Measures of Suicide

Participants: 40 Field Officers of Women’s Development Centre Central Province

Guest Speakers:

Mr. Tissa Athukorale, Senior Lecturer
Dr. Ariyasena U. Gamage, Gamage Hospital, Mawanella

Sumithrayo Resource Person: Director, Sumithrayo, Kandy

Colombo South

Click here to view other images from Sri Lanka in the World Suicide Prevention Day 2009 Photo Gallery

Visit the Colombo South Sumithrayo - Sri Lanka Blog.

Sri Lanka Sumithrayo – Colombo South has organized many activities and awareness programs for the Sri Lankan community that specially target school children as they are very active and positive in spreading our suicide prevention message across the country.

As an initial step, we held a quiz program on World’s Children’s Day on 1st October 2007 and 2008. Over 1,000 participated for this contest and the audience exceeded 15,000. We also organized an all-island essay competition for school children with the approval of Ministry of Education. The topic was "The importance of Developing Decision Making Skills and Coping Skills Amongst School Children". All the students were highly-encouraged and motivated by the certificates awarded and valuable gifts given.

Presently, we are working on an all-island speech competition to promote this year world’s suicidal prevention day and the topic is "Suicide Prevention is Everyone’s Responsibility". Initial contests were held in many towns of the seven provinces. The final contest and prize-giving will be held on “World Suicide Prevention Day” on 10th September in Colombo and around 1,200 participating students are expected from all over the island. Keynote address will be given by Prof. Carlo Fonseka, a renowned academic.

These contests and awareness programs are facilitated by well-trained volunteers in our organization and participants are encouraged by providing certificates and awards. We will be forming a Sumithrayo Youth Brigade on this day who will carry out awareness programs in their respective areas. They will also direct those who are in distress and in need of emotional support to the Civil Guards all over the island whom we have trained to carry out Sumithrayo befriending.

We continue to train nurses, teachers, police and civil guards to befriend and to form support groups in their own work environments.

Our vision and mission is a suicide-free Sri Lanka. This may sound ambitious but to quote the Chinese Philisopher Lao Pzu, "the journey of a thousand miles begin with one step". To take this further I will quote the American Politician Adlai Stevenson who said "the journey of a thousand leagues begin with single step, so we must never neglect any work within our reach however small it is".

Surakshi Siriwardena
The Director
Sri Lanka Sumithrayo - COLOMBO SOUTH

Waragoda, Kelaniya

World Suicide Prevention Day Activities

  1. Conducting an educational seminar and a public lecture with the support of a Consultant Psychiatrist, Community Health Doctor and an University Lecturer who has done researches and has been actively involved in the field of Suicide Prevention in Sri Lanka.
  2. Organize Pre-recorded Radio and Television programmes focussing on Identifying and how to support those who are in danger of taking their own lives, Suicidal Behaviour, Deliberate Self-harm and Myths & Misconception in relation to SUICIDE. I will talk about all the above topics while answering questions by a moderator.

Wasanthe Kotuwella
Centre for Effective Life Management & Visual Anthropology
Sri Lanka




Society for Suicide Prevention, the Social Psychiatric Association of Turkey and the Psychiatric Association of Turkey Ankara Branch have organised their second conference on suicide to be held on the 10th September 2009 in Ankara, Turkey, 05.30 pm - 09:30 pm: Center of The Psychiatric Association of Turkey.

Conference program:

Isik Sayil: “Address Speech”;
M. Muhtar Kutlu: "An initiation rite: Folkloric interpretations on death”; Cinar Yenilmez: "The socio-demographic data on suicides in Turkey";
Kamil Alptekin – Veli Duyan: "Should suicide be prevented or can suicide be prevented?";
Burhanettin Kaya: "Economic crisis and suicide: The necessity of social politics";
Nesrin Hisli Sahin - Ayşegül Durak Batıgun: "A model proposed to prevent suicide in prevention programs";
Gamze Ozcurumez: "Psychodynamics of suicide";
Saynur Canat: "Teenage suicidal behaviour";
Engin Turan: "Elderly suicides";
Tugba Gorgulu - Sennur Tutarel Kislak "Investigation of the level of depression, submissive acts behaviour and suicide probability in arrestees and convicts population";
Aslihan Sayin: "A cross-cultural look on suicide behavior: comparison of Turkish and American suicide notes".

Venue: Center of The Psychiatric Association of Turkey, Tunus Caddesi 59/5 Kavaklidere, Ankara.


Le Jet d'eau de Genève sera illuminé en rouge gratuitement par les SIG les mercredi 9 et jeudi 10 septembre en soirée, à l'initiative de l'association STOP SUICIDE pour la Journée mondiale de prévention du suicide.

Le mercredi 9 septembre vous êtes tous et toutes convié-e-s aux Bains des Pâquis qui offre une place unique face au jet d'eau de Genève. Une tente sera mise à disposition à cet endroit, un buffet gratuit sera servi et un jeté de ballons organisé à l'occasion de cette journée particulière.

Pour plus de photos, visitez la galerie photo.

United Kingdom

Belfast, Northern Ireland

Learn about world Suicide Prevention Day activities in Belfast and the message delivered

Click here to view a local UTV report on the Memorial service held and the message of hope shared. Submitted by IASP Facebook Fan Mark Millar.

Brighton, England

Most people with thoughts of suicide invite help. Often these opportunities are missed, dismissed or avoided-leaving people more alone and at greater risk. safeTALK training prepares you to help by using TALK (Tell, Ask, Listen and KeepSafe) to identify and engage people with thoughts of suicide and to connect them with further help and care.

In recognition of World Suicide Prevention Day, GRASSROOTS TRAINING is holding a safeTALK at Valley Social Centre, Brighton, BN2 5HE (9:30 am to 1:00 pm)

To download a booking form click here.

Londonderry, Northern Ireland

A FANTASTIC range of sporting memorabilia - from soccer star Darron Gibson's Manchester United jersey to welterweight champion Paul McCloskey's boxing gloves - are to be auctioned off for charity this September.

The charity ball is being organised by ZEST - a local counselling and support service for those affected by self-harm and suicide - and will take place on World Suicide Prevention Day on September 10.

The newly refurbished Waterfoot Hotel will provide the venue for the auction. Amongst the glittering array of highly collectible sporting items on sale is a signed Paul Scholes Manchester United jersey and a signed Rangers FC ball and Kyle Lafferty picture.

A signed and framed Celtic FC shirt from the 2001 domestic treble season and a signed Celtic FC Ball will also be up for grabs.

Other valuable items include a signed pair of Frankie Dettori jockey trousers and a signed Tyrone GAA jersey.

The auction takes place at the Waterfoot Hotel on Thursday, September 10 and will coincide with World Suicide Prevention Day. Tickets are £50 each and include a five course meal, auction and music.


United States


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Monterey, California

The Suicide Prevention Service of the Central Coast is set for its 3rd annual Coast Trail Walk to commemorate World Suicide Prevention Day, officials announced last week.

The event, to be held Sept. 12, will begin at Window on the Bay Park in Monterey. The walk route will follow the Coastal Trail toward Pacific Grove and back, officials said.

Registration and breakfast begin at 9 a.m. and the walk will start at 10 a.m.

For more information or to sign up, please click here.

Palo Alto, California

Suicide Prevention Fundraiser:
Thursday, September 10, 11 AM – 10 PM, Chevy’s
September 6-12 is National Suicide Prevention Week. Dine at Chevy’s restaurants on World Suicide Prevention Day and support the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention. Bring a flyer and take it to Chevy’s, where you can have dinner and Chevy’s will donate 25% of their proceeds to AFSP.

Click here to download a printable flyer to take with you to Chevy’s.



San Diego, California

San Diego's Community Health Improvement Partners (CHIP) Suicide Prevention Work Team and partners is co-sponsoring an educational workshop entitled "Suicide in San Diego County: Life Cycle, Ethnic and Vulnerable Group Trends" on September 10, 2009 at 1:00 pm at the Schaetzel Center, Scripps Memorial Hospital, La Jolla, CA. In this workshop, County Emergency Medical Services Epidemiologist Alan Smith, PhD, MPH, will present data about suicide in the county overall and among distinct age groups. Racial/ethnic group and vulnerable subgroup trends will be highlighted. Local prevention programs designed to assist certain ethnic groups and individuals at risk for suicide will be presented. Special prevention program speakers will include:

New Britain, Connecticut

CCSU Campus 10:00 AM - 2:00 PM - World Suicide Prevention Day

National Suicide Prevention Week is September 6-12, 2009

Walkway between Memorial Hall and Vance Lawn (rain location in the Student Center)

Stop by and answer a question about suicide prevention, and the Natural Helpers and NAMI group members will hand out information and a Popsicle!

Free Depression Screenings will also be done by a trained professional.


Lakeland, Florida

World Suicide Prevention Day / The Truth About Suicide

Sept 10 2009
6 PM - 7:30 PM
LTB Auditorium
Suicide Awareness and Prevention event

"The Truth About Suicide", a 30-minute film
Panel discussion and question-and-answer session
Marie Dudek, chairperson for the Central Florida Chapter of the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention
Kirk Fasshauer, program manager of the Peace River Crisis Response Team
Marjola Burdeshaw, membership and development manager of Bok Tower Gardens, who lost her 15-year old son to suicide
Sarah Case, Project Development Manager for JSK Consulting, who lost her mother to suicide

This event is a collaboration of Central Florida Chapter of the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention and Peace River Center in Bartow, coordinated by USF Polytechnic student Kim Garrity.

Sept. 6 through Sept. 12 is National Suicide Prevention Week. This year's theme is "A Global Agenda on the Science of Prevention, Treatment, and Recovery". For more information visit

Free event, public is welcome
University of South Florida Polytechnic
3433 Winter Lake Road, Lakeland, FL 33803
863.667.7000 - Toll Free within Florida 800.USF.5636 |



September: Suicide awareness, intervention, and prevention campaign month. This is an initiative strongly supported by International Association for Suicide Prevention (IASP) and World Health Organization (WHO).

LifeWorks Guam, I Pinangon Campus Suicide Prevention Program, University of Guam, the Department of Mental Health & Substance Abuse, Prevention and Training Branch/PEACE, Youth For Youth Live, Americorps, Department of Youth Affairs, Rainbows For All Children-Guam, Marianas Variety, McDonald’s of Guam, Micronesia Mall, Inland Builders, LOHAS Chiropractic Clinic, Pacific Daily News, Guam Marriott Resort and Spa, are requesting your support and joint effort to carry out this movement. At this moment and time countries across the nations will be participating in this very important universal event. The national theme this year is “Suicide Prevention in Different Cultures”.

Mission: Suicide is preventable. We as a community can reduce the incidence of death from suicide by reaching out to those that are having suicidal behavior.


Promote increased suicide awareness, prevention, and intervention education programs.
Promote leadership and advocacy on the topic of suicide
Reduce suicide rates and decrease suicidal behaviors.

Collaborate with other agencies.


1. Applied Suicide Intervention Skills Training Edition X (ASIST)
Learn how to respond to a person having thoughts of suicide.
Theme: “Saving Lives It Begins With You”
Venue: University of Guam, Health and Science Building
Date: September 5-6, 2009
Time: 8:00 am – 4:00 pm. Must be present both days.
Sponsored by I Pinangon, University of Guam, Campus Suicide Prevention. For more information please contact Eunice Perez or Dr. Ian Twaddle: 735-2888
Fee charged, continuing education units offered by UOG

2. Memory Trees at McDonald’s of Guam sites: Agana, Tamuning, Harmon. Participants are encouraged to write the name/s of their loved one/s to be attached to the memory trees. Memory trees and colored shaped papers will be available for them to write the name/s of their loved one/s. Sponsored by Rainbows For All Children Guam, LifeWorks Guam. Dates: September 8 – 18, 2009

3. Conference to be held at the Holiday Inn Resort and Spa sponsored by the Department of Mental Health & Substance Abuse, Prevention and Training Branch/ PEACE Office from September 11-12, 2009. Please check with Michelle Sasamoto , 472-2304, PEACE Office for more details.

4. Americorps will be sponsoring an ASIST workshop with their Americorps students on September 12-13, 2009. Venue at Guam Marriott Resort and Spa. Please contact Claudia Taitano or Amber Benito at 735-2234.

5. Life Works Guam 5th Annual 3.5 mi. Suicide Awareness Campaign with Adults and Children: “Out of the Darkness, Our Community Walks”. Venue: Micronesia Mall Date: September 19, 2009, Saturday Time: 5:45 am, GO: 6:00 am Light refreshments donated by McDonald’s of Guam

6. Candlelight Vigil and Readings in remembrance of those that have
died from suicide. Relatives and friends are invited to participate.
Date: September 19, 2009 Micronesia Mall
Time: 7:20 am – 8:20 am - The lighting of the candles and candlelight vigil will be held at Micronesia Mall. Spiritual leaders will lead the participants to readings in memory of their loved ones that have died from self harm.

T-shirts will be given to the first 500 finishers. Pre-registration at places: LOHAS CHIROPRACTIC CLINIC, 649-4871, and MARKS SPORTING GOODS, in Tamuning. Please write check to Rainbows For All Children Guam. Pre-registration fee: $10.00. On the day of race is $15.00. If interested to be a sponsor please contact Marie Virata Halloran.

Suicide is the 5th cause of death on Guam, higher then accidents and homicide. It is a serious public health issue. Together we can break the silence. Together we can save lives. Saving Lives Begins With YOU!

On behalf of Life Works Guam, thank you so much for your interest in helping us. Please pass the word around. If you need more information please do not hesitate to call me anytime regarding this event. My phone numbers are: 671-632-0257 (home), 483-0257 or email me at:

Suicide is a societal problem that can be resolved or at least drastically reduced with proper prevention in place.

As Guam observes Suicide Awareness, Intervention and Prevention Month in September, government representatives and community volunteers will be making resources available to educate the public on warning signs and reminding people in need that help is available.

Planned activities include a training session, a walk/run and a candlelight vigil.

"Suicide is the fifth leading cause of death on Guam. It is a serious public issue," said Marie Halloran, executive director of LifeWorks Guam.

Halloran said people with suicidal tendencies usually show "red flags." They may comment about being tired of life, start giving away their most treasured belongings, write a will or simply do things that are out of character.

"With education, you'll be able to see the signs and help prevent it," she said.

The important thing, she added, is to get them to talk about their depression and make them feel you're listening.

"A person in pain would usually tell you more," Halloran said. "Talk to them. Do something that will make them trust you."

She added that suicidal tendency doesn't discriminate by age. Guam has had victims ages 11 and 70 take their own lives, Halloran said.

The suicide prevention campaign is an initiative strongly supported by the International Association for Suicide Prevention and World Health Organization.

This year's theme is "Suicide Prevention in Different Cultures."


Chester, Illinois

Chester High School Life Jackets - Peer Support - Crisis Prevention Support Group observed World Suicide Prevention Day.

Browse additional photos in the World Suicide Prevention Day 2009 Photo Gallery.

St. Charles, Illinois

The Yellow Ribbon Event for Life on Saturday, Sept. 12 in St. Charles will benefit the programs of Suicide Prevention Services in Batavia. The organization provides education, counseling and advocacy to a six-county region including DeKalb, DuPage, Kane, Kendall, LaSalle and parts of Cook.

The event will be held in Pottawatomie Park. Registration for the eight-mile walk (or run) begins at 8 a.m., with step off at 9 a.m. The park is located one-half mile north of Main Street on N. 2nd Avenue,

Participants are asked to seek sponsors for SPS's major fundraising event of the year. Registration forms and more details are available here.

Southern Illinois

Communities all across southern Illinois will be holding simultaneous candle light vigils at 8:00 p.m., Thursday, September 10, to honor those who have died by suicide and to support those who grieve their loss.

These locations are: Alton High School Flagpole, Alton; Town Square Fountain, Carbondale; Cannon Park, Carterville; Courthouse Gazebo, Effingham; High School football field, Eldorado; High School, Galatia; Veterans Memorial on Broadway, Johnston City; Tower Square, Marion; and Smysor Plaza Fountain, Murphysboro.


Evansville, Indiana

LIFESAVERS' WALK Sept 12th — 1-mile, 9:15 a.m., Evansville State Hospital, 3400 Lincoln Ave., co-sponsored by Deaconess Cross Pointe and Southwestern Behavioral Healthcare. Registration at 8 a.m. All proceeds will be used to promote suicide awareness, education and prevention activities in the Tri-State area. Call (800) 947-6789 or (812) 471-4521.

Hammond, Indiana

Purdue University Calumet to focus on suicide prevention Sept. 8-10, Nov. 5

Each year, some 811,000 Americans attempt suicide, the third leading cause of death among 15 to 24-year-olds.

To increase awareness of the warning signs, Purdue University Calumet’s Counseling Center is observing Suicide Prevention Week on campus beginning Sept. 8. Licensed counselors and student interns of Purdue Calumet’s Counseling Center will staff an informational table Sept. 8-10, from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. in the Student Union & Library concourse.

“We’ll be there to provide information about suicide prevention, warning signs, and how family members and friends can help someone they believe may be contemplating suicide,” Purdue Calumet Counselor Ryan Parsons-Rozycki, M.S., L.M.H.C., N.C.C. said. “Our Counseling Center is highly involved in suicide prevention on campus and throughout northwest Indiana.”

In fact, the Purdue Calumet Counseling Center and the Northwest Indiana Suicide Prevention Council are co-hosting on campus the conference, “Faces of Suicide: Suicide & Self-Injury,” Nov. 5. The conference is intended for therapists, counselors, educators, youth workers, clergy, self-help leaders, parents, volunteers, law enforcement officials and others. Cost to attend is $30 ($40 if professional CEUs are desired). Registration and other information are available by contacting Sandy Appleby of the Geminus Corporation at 219/757-1972 or

“We want to increase awareness of the tell-tale signs of suicide among those individuals who interact with people who may be depressed, grieving or otherwise hurting,” Parsons-Rozycki said.

Other information about suicide or suicide prevention can be obtained by contacting Purdue Calumet’s Counseling Center at 219/989-2366 or 800/HI-PURDUE, ext. 2366.


Bullitt, Kentucky

Bullitt County parents and teachers are invited to attend a suicide awareness and prevention training workshop on September 9th at Bullitt Central High School.

The event will start at 6 p.m. with registration and dinner and is scheduled to end at 8 p.m.

The workshop will concentrate on strategies for recognizing signs of a suicide crisis and how to question, persuade and refer someone to help. It’s being sponsored by Bullitt County Public Schools and the Bullitt Central High School’s Youth Service Center.

Anyone interested in attending should call Jaime Goldsmith at (502)869-8000 or Tonia Wiggins at (502) 869-6013 on or before Sept. 8.

Littleton, Massachusetts

We are very excited to announce our first See a New Sun Walk for Suicide Prevention! Please join us on September 12, 2009 as we walk to raise funds for suicide prevention and raise awareness that depression is a treatable illness. Registration is just $5 but we hope you will also seek pledges to support our work.

Our 2.5 mile walk begins at the Littleton Country Fair in Fay Park on Foster Street, Littleton at 9:00 am with registration at 8:30. Here's all info - registration, pledge forms and more:

Informational Flyer
Pledge Form
Registration Form prior to the day of the event
Registration Form for the day of the event
Release Form


Dearborn, Michigan

Real life stories from attempters and survivors of suicide and a keynote address on what communities can do to help prevent suicide will be the focus of a Sept. 12 conference.

The conference will address the concerns and unique challenges families affected by suicide face.

The event is open to the public as well as school and health-care professionals who provide services to those who have lost someone to suicide and those with symptoms of depression.

There will be break-out sessions on various subjects, including How Faith-Based Communities Deal with Suicides, Challenges and Resources

Presentations will be held with information to help empower and inform families.

Held by the Detroit-Wayne County Community Mental Health Agency through its Virtual Center of Excellence, the conference is called "Stop Suicide! Third Annual Suicide Prevention Conference."

The conference will be held from 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. at the Hyatt Regency Dearborn, 500 Town Center Drive.

Dr. Alex Crosby, epidemiologist on the Surveillance Team in the Etiology and Surveillance Branch of the Division of Violence Prevention, will be the keynote speaker.

Crosby has led investigative teams and responded to many public health emergencies, including adolescent suicide clusters and school violence.

The cost of the conference is $60, but anyone who registers by Friday will receive an “early bird special” $15 discount.

A limited number of scholarships for survivors of suicide and college students pursuing related studies are available, and continuing education credits are available for professionals.

The Detroit-Wayne County Community Mental Health Agency serves more than 60,000 residents suffering from mental illness, seriously emotional disturbance, developmental disabilities and substance abuse disorders.

The agency also operates a toll-free 24-hour help line for crisis intervention, suicide prevention, and mental health information and referral at 1-800-241-4949.

For more information about the conference or to register, visit, or contact Katrina Palmer at 1-734-785-7705, ext. 7560. For questions regarding Detroit-Wayne County CMH Agency, contact Director Teresa Blossom at 1-313-833-2983.

Taken from The News Herald article by Shelby Galusha.

Escanaba, Michigan

A local family, along with the Delta County Sheriff's Office Victim Services Unit and Suicide Prevention Taskforce, will hold a walk to raise funds for depression and suicide prevention and awareness programs in Delta County.

The Bintner family of Escanaba, and the two Delta County units have organized a Suicide Prevention Awareness Walk entitled, "End the Silence." The walk will be held during National Suicide Prevention Week, on Saturday, Sept. 12.



Douglas County, Nevada

Suicide Prevention Network of Douglas County, in collaboration with the Nevada Coalition for Suicide Prevention, is sponsoring a community walk Sept. 12 at Heritage Park in Gardnerville. Walkers may register at 8 a.m. for the 3-mile walk which is to begin at 8:45 a.m. and proceed on Highway 395. Registration is $20 which includes a T-shirt, but no walkers will be turned away. Contributions will be used for suicide prevention and to support Survivors of Suicide. Information, Debbie Posnien, 782-8611.


Westfield, New Jersey

CONTACT We Care, a volunteer-staffed 24-hour caring and crisis hotline based in Westfield reminds everyone that suicide is preventable. The organization is marking National Suicide Prevention Week, Sunday, Sept. 6 through Saturday, Sept. 12, with an invitation to join the organization in soothing souls and saving lives by becoming a CONTACT Listener.

For more information, please click here.

Big Flats, New York

The Walk a Mile Committee will present A Community Education Day: Youth Suicide Prevention Initiatives, from 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sept. 10 at the Hilton Garden Inn in Big Flats.

Participants will learn an overview of some initiatives that are addressing youth suicide and hear about state, regional and local suicide prevention infrastructure.

Registration is required by Sept. 2. For more information, call Pat at (607) 737-2052, or click here.

Chemung County, New York

In recognition of World Suicide Awareness Day we are offering a day long community education event entitled, "Youth Suicide Prevention Initiatives" which will highlight local and state initiatives.

Click here for details.


Glens Falls, New York

The Capital Region Chapter of AFSP is hosting a FREE safeTALK training at Glens Falls Hospital (Glens Falls, NY) from 6-9pm. For more information, please go to or call (518)289-5183

Horseheads, New York

In recognition of World Suicide Prevention Day the Walk A Mile Suicide Prevention Fund is offering a community education day entitled "Youth Suicide Prevention Initiative" at the Hilton Garden Inn in Horseheads, New York, USA. This offering is appropriate for any person wishing to know more about suicide prevention initiatives in Western New York State. This event will give attendees an overview of some initiative that are addressing youth suicide. All who attend will have an opportunity to hear about our state, regional and local suicide prevention infrastructure. There will be opportunities for questions and answers as well. Registration information can be obtained at our website

Huntington, New York

Most people with thoughts of suicide invite help. Often these opportunities are missed, dismissed or avoided-leaving people more alone and at greater risk.safeTALK training prepares you to help by using TALK (Tell, Ask, Listen and KeepSafe) to identify and engage people with thoughts of suicide and to connect them with further help and care.

In recognition of World Suicide Prevention Day, a safeTALK will be held at Pederson Krag Center, 55 Horizon Drive, Huntington, NY 11743 (9:00 am to 12:00 pm)

Contact: Dr. Mansour (Max) Banilivy, Ph.D. at (631) 920-8039


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.

Troise, who is the assistant director of payroll at Cornell University, facilitates a support group for bereaved parents and grandparents through Hospicare and Palliative Care Services of Tompkins County. He and his wife, Gwen, lost their only child Kevin to suicide.

Troise’s talk is sponsored by the Ithaca College Counseling Center as part of National Suicide Prevention Week. Other activities during the week will include "A Time to Remember the Loved Ones We Have Lost to Suicide" at 7 p.m. on Monday Sept. 8; a screening of the film "The Truth about Suicide" at 7 p.m. on Tuesday, Sept. 9, in Williams 323; and "The Shoes," an exhibition on the academic quad.


Long Island, New York

Conducting two safeTALK trainings on Long Island, New York. Plus a flyer was designed and sent to hundreds of agencies in the area to advise them to give recognition to the day.

I am co-chair of Suicide Prevention Trainers Consortium of New York State as well as on the executive board of the Suicide Prevention Coalition of Long Island.

Dr. Banilivy

New York, New York

In recognition of World Suicide Prevention Day, the New York State Office of Mental Health is offering safeTALK, a two-and-a-half to three-hour training that prepares anyone over the age of 15 to identify persons with thoughts of suicide and connect them to suicide first aid resources.

Most people with thoughts of suicide invite help to stay safe. Alert helpers know how to use these opportunities to support that desire for safety.

As a safeTALK-trained suicide alert helper, you will be better able to:

  • move beyond common tendencies to miss, dismiss or avoid suicide;
  • identify people who have thoughts of suicide;
  • apply the TALK steps (Tell, Ask, Listen and KeepSafe) to connect a person with suicide thoughts to suicide first aid, intervention caregivers.

Location: NYS OMH, 330 Fifth Avenue, 9th floor, New York, NY 10001

Time: 1 pm - 4 pm

To register and for information please contact:
Silvia Giliotti (212) 330-6361
Send an Email


Queens, New York

We at Elmhurst hospital are having a suicide conference on September 10th. I would like some information regarding the conference that you are having as I cannot attend. I could use some of the resources.

Thanks so much Jenny Holmes, Psych nurse educator

Greensboro, North Carolina

UNCG kicks off its Friends Helping Friends suicide prevention program next week with an awareness event and a website.

Representatives from Student Health Services and the Greensboro Mental Health Association will be available in the EUC Commons from 11 am.-2 p.m. on Thursday, Sept. 10, World Suicide Prevention Day.


Pitt County, North Carolina

Pitt County Commission Chairman Melvin McLawhorn proclaimed September “suicide prevention month”. The REAL Crisis Center led the effort to designate this month for the cause. Advocates say we can all do our part in helping save people’s lives.

Niekie Simo is the Youth Suicide Prevention Coordinator who says, “Suicide is preventable if we work together to recognize the signs and that we can all get together and point people in the right direction and help support legislation for monies for mental health.“

The center will be spreading the importance of preventing suicide through events over the next few weeks.


Raleigh, North Carolina

The International Association for Suicide Prevention (IASP), in collaboration with the World Health Organization (WHO) and the World Federation for Mental Health, is hosting The World Suicide Prevention Day on September 10, 2009. This year’s theme is “Suicide Prevention in Different Cultures,” and will focus on raising awareness that suicide is a major preventable cause of premature death on a global level.


Minot, North Dakota

SUICIDE PREVENTION TALK: Dr. Richard Townsend, psychologist, will talk about suicide prevention and the "Out of Darkness" Community Walk Sept. 1 at 6:30 p.m. in Vincent United Methodist Church's Outlook Room, Minot. A question and answer period and refreshments will follow. The program is sponsored by the National Alliance on Mental Illness Northwest North Dakota. Support groups for people with depression, bipolar disorder, schizophrenia and other anxiety disorders; and support groups for family members will meet after refreshments. Minot's first "Out of the Darkness Community Walk" will be Sept. 19, with registration at 1 p.m. in Roosevelt Park. Call Holly at 837-7500 or Diane at 857-3345 during regular working hours for more information or visit ( to learn more about the walk.

Spirit Lake Nation, North Dakota

The Wiconi Ohitika Project - Spirit Lake Nation, ND (USA)

The project sponsored a Walk/Run & Balloon Release on September 3rd to kick-off an entire month of scheduled events;

On September 10th - Project staff set-up booths at tribal Headquarters to distribute information on suicide prevention;

Project staff will invite the Spirit Lake Nation community to light a candle on this day to commemorate those lost to suicide and survivors of suicide;

September 16th project staff will conduct screening clinics;

September 23rd Project staff will conduct QPR training open to the public;


Williston, North Dakota

WILLISTON WALK: Williston will hold its Second Annual Out of the Darkness Walk for Suicide Prevention and Awareness Sept. 13 at Spring Lake Park. Registration will be from 1 to 2 p.m. with the walk starting at 2 p.m. Visit the Web site at ( for more information.

Chillicothe, Ohio

The Ross Suicide Prevention Coalition is opening a suicide prevention support group to the community starting September 17th at 949 East Main Street in Chillicothe.

The time of that meeting will be announced at a later date.



Cincinnati, Ohio

Sunday, September 13 Lives Remembered, Lives Saved: A candlelight Vigil for Suicide Prevention at 7pm in Cincinnati's Fountain Square. Speakers include community newscaster who lost her brother to suicide and a mental health professional from the area. We will be reading the names of our loved ones lost, while talking about the hope in coming together to raise awareness.

Sunday, October 4 Out of the Darkness Community Walk at the University of Cincinnati at 10am walk with the community as we come together to raise awareness for suicide prevention and raise funds for education initiatives in our community.

Dover, Ohio

Thursday, September 10, 2009
Beginning at 6:30 p.m.
at the Geib Funeral Center - 5600 N. Wooster Ave in Dover

Please join the Geib staff and nationally recognized suicide awareness expert, Russell Crabtree, as we explore issues in suicide and suicide prevention resources.

This informative program will equip you with meaningful ways to discuss and identify the problem of suicide and provide opportunities to practice interactions with persons at risk.


Lisbon, Ohio

LISBON - Help Hotline Crisis Center, Inc., will present a Survivors of Suicide Forum to commemorate the second anniversary of providing a support group to Columbiana County residents who are grieving the loss of loved ones to suicide.

The Forum will be held at 6 p.m. Sept. 10 at the Columbiana Counseling Center, 40722 state Route 154.

The public is invited to learn more about grief and suicide. R.S.V.P. to Help Hotline 1-800-424-3606, and ask for extension 214.

Oklahoma City, Oklahoma

The Festival of Hope seeks to raise awareness and support forHeartLine’s vital programs.Celebrating the power of hope, the event is timed to take place just before National Suicide Prevention Week. A dinner and auction honors community leaders who make significant contributions to improved quality of life through their community service or volunteerism.

Friday, August 28, 2009
6:00-9:30 p.m.

Click here for further information.


Upper Providence, Pennsylvania

On September 10, 2009, the 8th annual Candlelight Memorial to remember those lost to suicide.will be held. The event, run by Linda Falasco, will take place at the Amphitheater in Rose Tree Park, Upper Providence, Pennsylvania, beginning at 7:30 pm.

Last year there were over 250 people attending, many returning yearly after finding this a time of comfort. A number also volunteer, giving them a feeling of belonging through their participation.

Everyone is given a balloon to release in memory of those lost. When the balloons are released, the sky above the Amphitheater is filled with purple and turquoise. The number of balloons gives one the visual count of how many people locally are affected by suicide. The release allows some to let go of their hurt and pain.

The MaryEllen Carpenter Appreciation Award is presented to a survivor recognizing their work in the field of suicide awareness, prevention and postvention. Previous recipients have included Fredrick Hellman, DelawareCounty Medical Examiner, Dr. Howard Sudak, and Tony Salvatore, author and researcher in suicide prevention and postvention.

The roll call of names for those lost to suicide is the most emotional part of the night. Several survivors volunteer to read the names on the list, with more being added each year. On loan is a bell from the 9/11 Foundation, which is rung as each name is read. As the bell echos each time, all have time to reflect on another loss.

A Night to Remember Those Lost to Suicide
Date: September 10, 2009
Upper Providence, PA
United States of America
7:30 pm.


Rhode Island

A two-day ASIST (Applied Suicide Intervention Skills Training) workshop, part of Livingworks, will be conducted.

For more information, please contact:

Kate Noveau, MSW, LCSW
Children's Emergency Services/Kid's Link RI Supervisor
Gateway Healthcare, Inc.
401-553-1000 x 1006
Kid's Link RI 1-866-429-3979


Vermillion, South Dakota

The third annual Nikki's Fund 5-kilometer run/walk is 9 a.m. Sept. 5 at Prentis Park in Vermillion.

Sponsored by the South Dakota Suicide Awareness Partnership at the University of South Dakota and Sanford Health, the event is one of several campus activities to increase suicide awareness and raise money to assist USD students who are in a crisis.

Nikki's Fund was created in memory of Nicole Vallie Harris, who committed suicide June 15, 2005. She was the daughter of Janine Harris, manager of the Al Neuharth Media Center.

Registration forms are available at the USD Student Counseling Center in Room 336 at Julian Hall, online at;; or at the Muenster University Center on the USD campus. Participants also can register the day of the event at Prentis Park beginning at 8 a.m.

Prizes will be awarded. T-shirts and refreshments will be provided.

All proceeds, including donations and a $10 registration fee, will be donated to Nikki's Fund.

For information or to make a donation, call 677-5424.


Saluda, Virgina

ASIST (Applied Suicide Intervention Skills Training) workshop. 8 a.m.-4:30 p.m., Thursday and Aug. 21, Saluda Baptist Church, 960 General Puller Highway, Saluda. The Middle Peninsula-Northern Neck Community Services Board's Prevention Services Division is offering the two-day workshop, which is free and open to the public. Registration is required to attend this workshop. The number of participants is limited. Registration deadline is Tuesday. A fee of $30 will be applicable for non-attendance or cancellations made after Tuesday. Lunch will be provided. To register online, please click here. For more information, call 1-888-PREV-550 or e-mail

Natrona County, Wyoming

The Natrona County Suicide Prevention Task Force will hold its annual Morning Has Broken walk at 6:30 a.m. on Sept. 13 at Mike Lansing Field.

To take part in the fifth annual "Morning Has Broken" walk or to learn more, contact Julie Raines at 234-4075. The walk is scheduled for Sept. 13.



Erakor N'Sawian Nig Matol Association (ENNMA) is holding an event at Erakor Bilingual School, Vanuatu. ENNMA is an NGO in Vanuatu committed to improving the mental health and wellbeing at a community level.

ENNMA has provided education sessions to students in Years 6,7, and 8 regarding suicide prevention and these students are working on posters to help raise awareness in the community about suicide prevention, with a focus on the Ni-Vanuatu culture.

On World Suicide Prevention Day the students, their parents, other community members and representatives from various organisations in Vanuatu will gather at the school to admire the posters, share food and learn about suicide prevention.

ENNMA is also planning to raise awareness of suicide prevention by recording a radio interview and submitting an article to the local newspaper.

Light a Candle

Light a Candle on World Suicide Prevention Day at 8 PM

Some people have contacted us saying that they would like to meaningfully participate in World Suicide Prevention Day but cannot attend events or activities.

This year we are starting a new activity which anyone can do in support of: World Suicide Prevention Day, suicide prevention and awareness, survivors of suicide and for the memory of loved lost ones. It is called "Light a Candle on World Suicide Prevention Day at 8 PM."

If you like this activity and know of family members, friends and associates who would be interested in participating, would you kindly share with them this WSPD activity? We are hoping this activity will bring light into the world and increase awareness of the good work so many people do in preventing suicide.

Online Activities

We linked in with RTE comedian Damian Clarke urging young people to speak out if in trouble.

The following is the media coverage for World Suicide Prevention Day - 10th September 2009

Estimated audience reached - 2,040,000 people


iRadio North East. Hourly bulletins covering counties - Carlow, Cavan, Kildare, (north) Laois, Louth, Meath, Monaghan and Westmeath (35,000 listeners)
Beat103FM Morning, Lunch and evening news - Wexford, Waterford, Carlow, Kildare (south), Tipp. (40,000 listeners)
WLR Radio - Waterford Radio station - (20,000 listeners)
Radio Kerry (15,000 listeners)
Limerick FM (26,000 listeners)
RTE Radio 1 news hourly bulletins (250,000 listeners)


Westmeath Independent (60,000 readers)
Westmeath Examiner (38,000 readers)
Irish Examiner (100,000 readers)
Kerryman (10,000 readers)
Donegal Democrat (40,000)
Lucan Leader (25,000 readers)
Soutside People (25,000 readers)
Inishowen News Donegal (10,000)


1pm RTE News (200,000 viewers)
6pm RTE News (400,000 viewers)
9pm RTE News (400,000 viewers)
10.30 RTE News (150,000 viewers)
The Afternoon Show (136,000 viewers)

Online (60,000 people within a month)

Bloggers Unite

Organizer, who is a registered nurse and teaches health education online, has started this online campaign to raise awareness of World Suicide Prevention Day on September 10, and suicide and suicide prevention. Join the conversation.

Care-Aware Blog

I blogged about World Suicide Prevention Day & "Stop a Suicide Today" Day on my Care-Aware blog; & I included the WSPD banner, International Association for Suicide Prevention (IASP) name & link (& the fact that IASP can also be found on FB & Twitter), plus a reference/link to the "Light a Candle" event.

Facebook - World Suicide Prevention Day - Please Join

Join this Facebook community that was started by Nola.

Facebook - Support World Suicide Prevention Day

Join this Facebook community created by Christopher Ehrler (Archbishop Jordan School).

Facebook - World Suicide Prevention Day - It's On My Mind

Facebook - It's On My Mind

Share your Facebook status to support World Suicide Prevention Day - It's On My Mind

Facebook - Into the Light - South Africa

Visit and join this Facebook Event page.


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