World Suicide Prevention Day 2015 was Thursday 10 September. It was also RUOK? Day in Australia.
In 2015, the international theme of World Suicide Prevention Day is Preventing Suicide: Reaching Out and Saving Lives.’
VIDEO: Official WSPD Launch Message from IASP (International Association for Suicide Prevention) President Professor Ella Arensman
It is speaking up to reduce the stigma around talking about suicide prevention safely. It is about standing up to make a positive impact on our mental health and wellbeing. It is about being self informed and aware of support and services available to all those touched by suicide and those building a resilient community to prevent suicide.
World Suicide Prevention Day events occurred in local communities across Australia. Check out the Events page to see what’s happened near you. To find out about events planned across the globe, go to the International Association for Suicide Prevention (IASP) page.
World Suicide Prevention Day in 2015 is significant because it falls on the same day as RUOK? Day. To mark this day, the National Coalition for Suicide Prevention stood behind two important campaigns:
1.A national public awareness campaign called ‘Thanks For Asking’- go to https://www.ruok.org.au/ to find out more.
2.Launch of a national research action plan to align research funds and priorities in suicide prevention in Australia.