September 10, 2020
September 10th is World Suicide Prevention Day
Did you know that one suicide takes place somewhere every 40 seconds? This explains why it’s one of the 20 leading causes of deaths across the globe. In the United States alone, suicide rates went up by 30% from the year 2000 to 2016.
Although it hasn’t been fully understood why suicide rates have increased, nothing is more certain than the need to raise awareness about the issue. For this reason, the International Association for Suicide Prevention and the World Health Organization team up each year to organize the World Suicide Prevention Day. This event takes place on September 10th of each year in around 70 countries.
Various activities are held worldwide to mark the occasion. These include press briefings, commemorative and educational events, conferences, as well as social media coverage.
What You Can Do to Stop Suicide
Studies show that for every suicide, about 135 individuals are affected or experience intense grief. This shows how suicidal behavior can profoundly impact countless people.
You can help address this problem by doing these three things:
- Break the silence surrounding the issue.
The best way to prevent suicides is to talk about the reality of suicidal behavior. This is extremely important because it opens doors of communication between people who are constantly plagued with suicidal thoughts and their families. Breaking the silence surrounding the issue will help people with suicidal tendencies to understand that help is available for them and that all hope is not lost.
- Learn how to spot the warning signs of suicide.
You need to familiarize yourself with the warning signs of suicide. Although there are many of them, the most common ones include self-isolation, long-lasting sadness or moodiness, sleep problems, sudden calmness, hopelessness, increased use of drugs or alcohol, risk-taking behavior, making death preparations, and talking about suicide.
- Reach out and show you care.
If you know someone who’s blurting out suicidal thoughts, reach out to this person to show them that you care. Never hesitate to offer them hope and to help them get help.
First, you need to ask the person if they’re truly thinking about suicide. If they say “say,” never leave them alone. Allow them to freely express themselves while you try your best to keep them calm. It’s best to reduce their access to any object that they could use to hurt themselves. Talk to them intently. If you feel that the person is serious in carrying out their suicidal thoughts, call 911 or a crisis line.
Turn Around the Lives of Struggling Vets with a Car Donation
Suicide is nothing new among veterans. Some of those suffering from untreated post-traumatic stress disorder and other mental health issues have resorted to taking their own lives to end their agony once and for all.
You can help turn around the lives of veterans who have suicidal tendencies and those burdened with other woes such as their inability to find jobs, homelessness, and service-related disabilities. All you have to do is to donate any vehicle you no longer need to Veteran Car Donations.
We serve as the online vehicle donation platform of IRS-certified 501(c)3 nonprofits that are committed to serving our nation’s heroes who are currently going through various crises. We sell donated vehicles of various types and use the proceeds to help fund these charities’ programs and services. These include quality health care, financial aid, housing assistance, employment opportunities, family support, educational scholarships, psychotherapy services, and many other benefits.
Are You Ready to Transform Lives?
World Suicide Prevention Day on September 10th is a fitting occasion for extending a helping hand to the suffering veterans in your community. You can help transform the lives of our heroes with a simple car donation. Call Veteran Car Donations at 877-594-5822 or fill out our online donation form now!