Over 700,000 people a year take their life throughout the world, with many coming from the construction industry. For every suicide, there are likely to be 20 other people making a suicide attempt, and many more have serious thoughts of ending their life prematurely.
Each suicide is a public health concern that profoundly impacts their family, friends, and others close to them. By raising awareness, reducing the stigma around suicide, and encouraging well-informed actions, we can help to reduce instances of suicide across the globe.
World Suicide Prevention Day (WSPD) was established in 2003 by the International Association for Suicide Prevention in conjunction with the World Health Organization (WHO). The 10th of September each year focuses attention on the issue to raise awareness among organisations, governments, and the public, delivering a special message that suicide can be stopped.
‘Creating hope through action’ is the triennial theme for WSPD from 2021 to 2023. This theme reminds us that there is a real alternative to suicide and seeks to bring confidence and light to all of us in the face of adversity.
We must focus on physical and mental health and finally lose the stigma surrounding mental health conversations. It’s ok not to be ok if you are struggling, and you don’t have to do it on your own. Many of us would be surprised by how many of our family, friends, and colleagues have experienced similar difficulties when we start to share our feelings.
If you are struggling with mental health issues or have thoughts of suicide, you are not alone. Please reach out to someone and let them know how you feel. They could save your life.