“You drive for a living, a van, a truck, a lorry. You take care of the load in the back, but what about the load on your shoulders?”
World Suicide Prevention Day – 10th September 2022
An estimated 703,000 people a year take their life around the world. For every suicide, there are likely 20 other people making a suicide attempt and many more have serious thoughts of suicide.
Each suicidal death is a public health concern with a profound impact on those around them. By raising awareness, reducing the stigma around suicide, and encouraging well-informed action, we can reduce instances of suicide.
World Suicide Prevention Day (WSPD) was established in 2003 by the International Association for Suicide Prevention in conjunction with the World Health Organization (WHO). “Creating hope through action” is the triennial theme for the World Suicide Prevention Day from 2021 – 2023. This theme is a reminder that there is an alternative to suicide and aims to inspire confidence and light in all of us.1
In the UK suicide is the biggest killer of men under 45, with 1 man dying every two hours. On average 15 million working days were lost to stress, anxiety, depression, or other serious mental health issues in the UK each year.2