4 September 2015 No Comments by The Northern Standard

The importance of “reaching out” to offer support to those at risk of suicide or those whose lives have been tragically affected by it supplies the unifying theme for local activities taking place to mark the upcoming Suicide Prevention Week, and World Suicide Prevention Day on September 10 next.

The support and advocacy group SOSAD have arranged a number of events – detailed below – with a Coffee Morning organised for Carrickmacross on Wednesday, September 9 offering an opportunity for anyone wishing to access their services to take what can be the often daunting first step in a relaxed, welcoming and supportive environment.

According to the recently released World Health Organisation (WHO) report: Preventing Suicide: A Global Imperative, over 800,000 people die by suicide across the world each year. The report notes that this estimate is conservative, with the real figure likely to be higher because of the stigma associated with suicide, lack of reliable death recording procedures, and religious or legal sanctions against suicide in some countries. The official figure for suicides in Ireland last year was 459, but again that number underestimates the actual figure of close to 600.

While researchers not be able to pinpoint the exact figure, what is clear is that each individual suicide is a tragic loss of life. It is hard to imagine the extreme psychological pain that leads someone to decide that suicide is the only course of action. Reaching out to someone who is struggling can make a difference.

‘Preventing Suicide: Reaching Out and Saving Lives’ is the theme of the 2015 World Suicide Prevention Day (WSPD) …

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