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SSO Recognizes World Suicide Prevention Day

September 10th is World Suicide Prevention Day, a day to reflect on how we can better support people in crisis and ensure that people living with mental illness get the help they need. It is estimated that 20 - 40% of people living with schizophrenia make suicide attempts and over 10% of individuals with schizophrenia eventually complete suicide. SSO recognizes the importance of preventing suicide and has resources available on our website. We will also keep the conversation going on Facebook and Twitter with the hashtag #WSPD.

According to WHO:
  • 800,000 people die of suicide around the world, one death every 40 seconds.
  • Suicide is the second leading cause of death among 15-29 year olds.
  • For every suicide there are many more people who attempt suicide every year. A prior suicide attempt is the single most important risk factor for suicide in the general population.
  • 75% of global suicides occur in low and middle income countries.

Created by the International Association for Suicide Prevention (IASP) and the World Health Organization (WHO) in 2003, September 10 serves as a call to action to individuals and organizations to prevent suicide. The theme for 2016 is "Connect, Communicate, Care."

Check out these resources for more information on suicide:


WHO suicide fact sheet

Canadian Association for Suicide Prevention

CAMH Suicide information