Activities

World Suicide Prevention Day activities take place on or around 10th September each year all over the world. Listed here are a small number of those events. Activities have been submitted by IASP partners, members and subscribers.


The International Association for Suicide Prevention’s Special Working Group on the Decriminalisation of Suicide will be hosting a free webinar in the lead up to World Suicide Prevention Day. Discussion will cover arguments for and against the criminalisation of attempted suicide, challenges in decriminalisation and the roles stakeholders can play in decriminalisation efforts. The recording of this webinar is available here.

Australia. The ‘Letting Everyone Talk Safely’ World Suicide Prevention Day Forum
will be live streamed on Facebook from 5pm – 6pm AEST.
Global: The IASP Early Career Group will be hosting a World Suicide Prevention Day HACKATHON for ECRs working in suicide prevention on Sep 25th (9-11am UTC+1). The theme is: Reshape your research and reset your mind: Tips for ECRs during COVID-19.

Italy – We are glad to invite you to the 18th edition of the International Symposium of Suicidology and Public Health – World Suicide Prevention Day.
Due to the unprecedented time we are living, this year, we will organize our International Symposium through a digital edition. We will host several webinars during the week from Sept 7 to Sept 12.
For the third year in a row, the topic of the World Suicide Prevention Day is “Work together to prevent suicide,” which contributes to strengthening the essential role of multidisciplinary cooperation as a basic ingredient for suicide prevention. It is possible to download the app VEASYT CONFERENCE on your smartphone (Apple or Android) to access to simultaneous translation. Conference Code 20037.
Join us and those who are playing their role in suicide prevention worldwide!

Nigeria – Abuja.
Kenya
Nigeria – Abuja
New Zealand – Auckland. Manurewa Marae is an Indigenous Urban Māori Organisation has launched their New Indigenous Māori Suicide Postvention Coordinator on World Suicide Prevention Day.
Manurewa Marae will be the first Indigenous Māori Organisation to Light a Candle as we commemorate our  loved ones lost to suicide.
India – Telangana State. Jananni Janmabhoomi Student’s Suicides and Crimes Eradication Society has been working on students’s suicide prevention through awareness seminars and programs in all districts of Telangana State of India with psychologists, motivational speakers and professors. Email bhoomeshbbr@gmail.com
Mexico – Monterrey. “QPR Tec, comunidad activa para la prevención del suicidio” Videoconference aimed for students, teachers and collaborators of the Instituto Tecnológico y de Estudios Superiores de Monterrey (Campus Monterrey) and general public. Students will be invited to carry out a number of challenges prior to September 10, which seek to raise awareness of suicide highlighting the love of life and the importance of each person’s protective factors and support networks.
Tonga. To build a global sense of community as we all work together to increase the awareness of suicide and suicide prevention work, we are proud to share how our friends in Tonga will be honoring World Suicide Prevention Day. Lifeline Tonga, in collaboration with the Ministry of Police, Ministry of Health and WHO, will host a program that includes: Marking of the Day, the Launching of the Support Groups named in Tongan – “FAKAONGO”, outcomes of the survey on “Mental Health in General Population” and conclude the day’s activities by “Light the Candle of Hope Service.”
Canada. The Centre for Suicide Prevention is promoting the Buddy Up campaign with the help of our Champions. This campaign was created for men by men, encouraging them to have real conversations with their buddies and to support them if they’re struggling with thoughts of suicide. Learn more about how you can help a man in your life at buddyup.ca.
USA – Tennessee. Two mothers who lost sons to suicide will be discussing their books on Tuesday, Sept. 8. Join us for an online event with Margaret Thomson and Anne Moss Rogers Tuesday, September 8 at 6:00 PM
Australia – Let’sTALK & Walk is an everyday campaign to encourage conversations together with physical activity and nature to improve our wellness and stop the escalation of small concerns becoming
bigger issues. Let’sTALK & Walk is supporting WSPD by encouraging people to ‘Let’sTALK & Walk their way to wellness on 10th September 2020 to create awareness towards suicide prevention and to remember those lost to suicide.
Malaysia – Befrienders Kuching.
Australia – Queensland. All those wishing to walk from the shadows into the light in memory of lost loved ones, can meet by 5.30am and walk begins at 5:45am. Community organisations will attend from 8.30am until 11am.
Kenya – Nairobi. Siki youth in partnership with other organizations will be hosting a two-hour virtual webinar  on 10th September from 3:pm to 5:00 pm EAT
Our Guest speaker will extensively cover this theme of suicide prevention and how to talk about it.
Siki youth is a Kenyan based group that seeks to bring positive change in the community through the use of arts and leveraging the power of social media to touch lives. Email: sikiyouths@gmail.com
Canada. Join us on September 10th, World Suicide Prevention Day, as we hold our 5th annual Cross-Canada Concert for Suicide Awareness, Prevention and Hope. Taking the presence of Covid-19 into account, this year’s event will be entirely online, with performers sending in videos produced from the comfort of their own homes or other locations they have chosen. Stay tuned to our website at www.mysteriousbarricades.org for more information as we approach this exciting event!
Australia – Queensland. Care for Life Suicide Prevention Network is unable to offer the traditional WSPD Community Seminar due to COVID – 19, the 2020 event will be taken an online format, which will mark the World Suicide Prevention Day with the theme “Working Together to Prevent Suicide in a COVID World” . Presentations are focused on areas of vulnerability and opportunity will be available for the audience to question the presenters in a live Q&A session.

Netherlands – Amsterdam. RINO are offering a conference focusing on training mental health professionals who may have to deal with suicidality and suicide prevention in their field. One of the keynote speakers is Dr. David Jobes, inventor of the Collaborative Assessment & Management of Suicidality (CAMS) approach. 
Partners in organizing this conference are:
 113 suicide prevention | 
International Association Suicide Prevention
GGZ River Dunes | 
Netherlands Institute of Psychologists
Trimbos Institute   | 
Ivonne van der Ven foundation
Ireland – Travellers Together Preventing Suicide 2020 is a national campaign to highlight Travellers highest index of suicide in Ireland. The campaign is organised collectively by over 30 Traveller organisations and groups from Ireland.
The campaign will include a webinar on the 10th of September from 6-8pm. Travellers will discuss suicide causes and prevention. Other local activities will also be taking place. For more information follow the campaign on the Facebook page “Travellers Together Preventing Suicide.
Australia – Northern Territory. To coincide with World Suicide Prevention Day #WSPD2020 activities globally, Dameyon, an Indigenous gay male and recognised as Indigenous suicide prevention subject matter expert, specifically in Indigenous LGBQTI+ suicide, will be presenting an online introduction to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander (Indigenous Australian) *LGBQTI+SB suicide prevention.

Worldwide – The Inaugural Wolf Run Virtual Challenge to raise mental health awareness and to mark World Suicide Prevention Awareness Day on Thursday, 10 September 2020. This Challenge is an opportunity to raise vital funds for mental health awareness and support.  It is also an opportunity to celebrate the lives of those who have died and to show support to those who have been bereaved by suicide.
Jamaica – A virtual WSPD Seminar.
Global (UK Origin) – Ajuda will be running a 2 hour free online webinar featuring talks from suicide survivors and charities dedicated to suicide prevention. It will run from 10am – 12pm BST (UK Time)
Austria- Vienna. On September 10th the “Papageno-Media-Prize” for suicide preventive media reporting will be awarded for the second time. The prize is awarded by the Austrian Federal Ministry of Social Affairs, Health, Care and Consumer Protection in cooperation with the Austrian Society for Suicide Prevention, the Wiener Werkstätte for Suicide Research and the Kriseninterventionszentrum. The prize will be presented by Federal Minister Rudolf Anschober at a gala event in Vienna. The “Papageno-Media-Prize” is part of Austria’s national suicide prevention programme SUPRA.
Australia – Queensland. On 10 September, let’s work together to prevent suicide. Join us on World Suicide Prevention Day for an in-person and online event featuring expert analysis and advice, international perspectives, and the launch of the Suicide in Queensland Annual Report 2020. This free event is hosted by the Australian Institute For Suicide Research and Prevention (AISRAP) and the Queensland Mental Health Commission (QMHC).
Germany: Various events will be held on WSPD throughout the country. You will find them by visiting our website.
India – Gujarat. Om Foundation has launched NATIONAL SUICIDE PREVENTION FORUM for suicide prevention activities and developing a platform for the discussion and debate for the development of the National Suicide Prevention Policy in the India.
UK – County Durham. On World Suicide Prevention Day RTProjects will be hosting an online event featuring music, poetry, and guest speakers, to accompany the release of the ‘lockdown’ video of our award winning suicide prevention musical composition ‘Never Give Up’.
Thursday September 10th 2020 19:00-21:00