Every 45 seconds someone takes their life, an estimated 703,000 people a year around the world. For each suicide approximately 135 people suffer intense grief or are otherwise affected resulting in 108 million people, annually, are profoundly impacted by suicidal behaviours. For every suicide, 25 people make a suicide attempt and many more have serious thoughts of suicide.
IASP’s virtual cycling event, Cycle Around the Globe, is back for the eighth year running, to raise awareness of suicide prevention worldwide.
IASP leads the global effort in suicide prevention. World Suicide Prevention Day and the month-long period up to World Mental Health Day, is the primary opportunity throughout the year to raise awareness of suicide and to reduce stigma surrounding it and encourage conversations.
Cycle Around the Globe aims to raise awareness of suicide prevention and supports IASP’s work promoting evidence-based action to reduce the incidence of suicide and suicidal behaviour. Through the new World Suicide Prevention Day theme, ‘Creating Hope Through Action’, The International Association for Suicide Prevention (IASP) encourages the global community to engage in a collaborative effort to cycle any distance to help prevent suicide.
Suicide is sadly a global concern exacerbated by the challenges we all face with COVID-19. The global pandemic has impacted all aspects of people’s lives, relationships, health and well-being – the world over – and will continue to do so for the foreseeable future. With the restrictions globally, it is vital that mental health and suicide prevention remain priorities. It has never been more important to look after ourselves and each other.
From 10 September – 10 October 2021, we are asking you to cycle any distance on any road, track or gym and help us work together to prevent suicide. We want anyone from around the world to be able to take part and so, the event is completely free to participate and fundraising is optional.
Last year over 201,000 miles were cycled in over 40 countries, which is equivalent to eight times around the world, but this year IASP wants to top that!
Registration opens 1st June 2021 for teams and individuals.