10 September 2022: World Suicide Prevention Day - Creating hope through action

Published by IFOTES on 10 September 2022

World Suicide Prevention Day

Creating hope through action

Suicide is among the top twenty leading causes of death worldwide, with more deaths due to suicide than to malaria, breast cancer, or war and homicide. Globally, in every 100 deaths, more than one (1.3%) was by suicide. For every suicide there are likely to be 20 suicide attempts.

World Suicide Prevention Day 2022 aims to create a movement of preventive action to drive behaviour change and ultimately prevent more suicides. By raising awareness, reducing the stigma and encouraging well informed action we can reduce instances of suicide around the world.

We can all play a role in preventing suicides.


Suicide Prevention: Youth alert 

Increased request for help from under-26

During 2020 and 2021 many IFOTES members detected an increase in help requests, particularly among young people. 

In France, the 12e Observatoire des Souffrances Psychiques 2022 of SOS Amitié reports that 44% of chat callers evoking suicidal thoughts are under 25.

In Italy in 2021 Telefono Amico Italia recorded 6000 calls from callers evoking suicidal thoughts, 20% of them came from callers under 26, while in chat it raised up to 50%.

In Spain during the meeting with the deputies of the parliament, Telefono de la Esperanza reported the data of a survey among 14-19 year old adolescents, which showed that 20% of them wished they were dead.



An implementation guide for suicide prevention in countries

The World Health Organisation (WHO) published the Live Life Implementation brochure. This resource has been developed for the purpose of supporting countries in their efforts to prevent suicide by implementing effective interventions to save lives.

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