World Suicide Prevention Day: How your minute can Count

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World Suicide Prevention Day
2017 Campus wide rally against Suicide & Depression By Pinnacle Medical Speakout Initiative and UNILAG

Taking a minute to reach out to someone – a complete stranger or close family member or friend – can change the course of their life. This is one of the focus of this year World Suicide Prevention Day. World Suicide Prevention Day take place on Sunday September 10 and is a day to raise awareness about suicide prevention and hopefully change lives before it is too late.

 

Every year, more than 800,000 people die by suicide and up to 25 times as many make a suicide attempt. Behind these statistics are the individual stories of those who have, for many different reasons, questioned the value of their own lives.

Each one of these individuals is part of a community. Some may be well linked in to this community, and have a network of family, friends and work colleagues or school mates. Others may be less well connected, and some may be quite isolated. Regardless of the circumstances, communities have an important role to play in supporting those who are vulnerable.


This sentiment is reflected in the theme of the 2017 World Suicide Prevention Day: ‘Take a minute, change a life.’ As members of communities, it is our responsibility to look out for those who may be struggling, check in with them, and encourage them to tell their story in their own way and at their own pace. Offering a gentle word of support and listening in a non-judgemental way can make all the difference.

 

Listen as Dr Maymunah Garuba Kadiri share practicable ideas

For confidential support call the SPEAKOUT INITIATIVE (SOI) on +234 803 304 3863  . See Pinnacle Medical Speakout Initiative for details.

 

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