In case you weren’t sure, the World Health Organization describes suicide as the ‘act of killing oneself intentionally, performed by the person with the full knowledge or expectation of the fatal outcome.’
There’s no need to search for it … In every town, in every city, in every province and state, hurting people are standing right next to us, crying out through eyes that see no hope in the world they live.
Close to 1 million people suicide throughout our world each year which exceeds both annual total homicides and deaths by war combined.
…That’s not including attempts, which is up to 20 times the number of concluded suicides.
…That’s one suicide every 40 seconds and an attempt every 3 seconds.
…That’s someone’s mother, father, brother, sister, son or daughter…
Suicide rates have increased by 60% worldwide over the last 45 years and young people are now the group at highest risk in a third of all countries.
Internationally suicide is 1 of the top 3 leading causes of death among those aged 15 to 44 years of age.
By 2020, estimates suggest suicides per year could rise to 1.5 million.
The annual number of suicides in most European countries exceeds the annual number of traffic deaths.
In Australia, young men have particularly high rates, especially those in rural and remote areas.
Likewise in developing nations, suicide touches us all. Over the past 15 years in war-torn Sri Lanka, it’s reported that 106,000 people have committed suicide - twice the number of deaths due to war.
All people need hope… all people need to know that there’s more to life than the pressures the world throws at us from all sides … so what can we do to reach out to those around us…?
If you or any one you know needs help and support in this area, please contact a local professional. No matter what you have done, or what’s been done to you, THERE IS ALWAYS HOPE.
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