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Light a candle for World Suicide Prevention Day

Every year, over 800,000 people die by suicide worldwide. This correlates to one death every 40 seconds and is higher than the number of homicide and war deaths combined, according to the International Association for Suicide Prevention (IASP). Suicide can happen to anyone, and connections are crucial in supporting yourself or loved ones with suicidal thoughts.

World Suicide Prevention Day

Sept. 10 is World Suicide Prevention Day, and the 2014 theme is “one world connected.” In an effort to raise awareness, the International Association for Suicide Prevention, also referred to as IASP, is encouraging people around the world to light a candle near a window at 8 p.m. in support of lost loved ones and suicide survivors.

Another international event is the IASP World Suicide Prevention Day Cycle Around the Globe. Individuals and organizations across the world have pledged to cycle and, in some cases, walk to raise suicide prevention awareness. The goal is to cycle the circumference of the globe, 40,075 kilometres or 24,900 miles, and to have participants from every continent.

World Suicide Prevention Day

More information can be found on the IASP website.

Fore more information on events happening around Canada today, visit the Mental Health Commission of Canada’s website.

If you suspect someone might be considering suicide or you yourself have struggled with such thoughts, please call the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 1-800-273-TALK (8255).

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