Reach Out + Save a Life

Chances are, you—or someone you know—has been impacted by suicide. According to a recent World Health Organization report, more than 800,000 people die by suicide around the world every year.It’s likely that number is much higher, given not all cases are reported.

As I know from personal experience, not only is the loss of a person to suicide tragic, it is heart breaking for the loved ones left behind.

Today is World Suicide Prevention Day. Every year since 2003, the day—recognized on the 10th of September each year—serves as a call to action. The theme for 2015: “Preventing Suicide: Reaching Out and Saving Lives.”

It’s an opportunity for all of us to think about what we can do—individually and collectively—to help stop suicide before it happens.


Raising awareness is as easy as riding a bike

The International Association for Suicide Prevention (IASP) provides a number of ways you can get involved—on a small or large scale—and offers suggestions on how you can help lead the charge in your community. A little bit can go a very long way.

Both the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) support suicide prevention research, to better understand what prevention strategies are most effective.

The VetoViolence website—a source of project pride for Banyan—also supports violence prevention practitioners in their local efforts, via free online tools and resources.

And if you or someone you know needs help, contact the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 1-800-273-8255.

With help comes hope. So reach out. Who knows—you may save a life.