About World Suicide Prevention Day
After a successful launch in 2003, World Suicide Prevention Day (WSPD) is now held every year on 10 September. On this day, numerous events, conferences, campaigns and local activities call to public attention one of the world’s largest causes of premature and unnecessary death – suicide.
The International Association for Suicide Prevention (IASP), in collaboration with the World Health Organisation (WHO), calls upon governments, government agencies, NGOs, international and national associations, local communities, clinicians, researchers and volunteers to be involved in the organisation of WSPD activities.
It is often asked, how can we best connect with each other in a world that appears so disconnected? We strongly believe that if our communities work together, through sharing information, expertise and time, we can do a great deal to help those who are in need, and vulnerable to suicide.
We believe that through a combined effort at an international and local level, a difference to the lives of many will be made. The aim of these activities is to promote increased awareness about the problem of suicide and the many ways in which we can work to reduce suicide rates and the incidence of suicidal behaviours.
About Suicide Prevention Australia
Suicide Prevention Australia (SPA) began in 1992 as a voice for a relatively small number of individuals and organisations committed to suicide prevention and bereavement support. Today SPA is the national peak body for the suicide prevention sector in Australia with a growing role in providing policy advice to governments, community awareness and public education, increased involvement in research and a future role in leading Australia’s engagement nationally and internationally.
SPA’s mission is to deliver leadership for the meaningful reduction of suicide in Australia.
This website is managed by SPA as part of our WSPD activities.
To learn more about SPA visit our website.
Facts about suicide in Australia
• Suicide is the leading cause of death for men and women between the ages of 15-44
• The population death rates are around 10/100,000 people every year
• Annual number of deaths by suicide in Australia is around 2,500 each year
• 65,000 plan or attempt to take their life each year
• 400,000 people think about taking their life each year
• The Global Burden of Disease Report cited 36 million years of healthy life were lost as a result of suicide in 2010