By Jane Beatrice Obila
During Suicide Prevention Day, in line with the theme of “Working Together to Prevent Suicide,” organizations, governments, and individuals worldwide unite to shed light on the critical issue of suicide prevention. The World Health Organization (WHO) plays a significant role in coordinating international efforts to reduce suicide rates and improve mental health globally.
According to WHO, suicide is a leading cause of death globally, and nearly 800,000 people die by suicide each year the reason as to why there is need to continue creating awareness of this menace not only on September 10th but also in other days as well.
One key aspect of World Suicide Prevention Day is the call for openness and DE stigmatization of mental health issues emphasizing the need for a compassionate and understanding approach toward individuals facing mental health challenges. Encouraging open discussions and seeking help when needed can make a significant difference in preventing suicides.
During World Suicide Prevention Day, events and campaigns are organized to educate communities about recognizing signs of distress in individuals, providing them with the support they require, and connecting them with mental health professionals when necessary. Moreover, schools, universities, and workplaces often engage in activities to promote mental well-being and resilience.
The media also plays a crucial role in spreading awareness about World Suicide Prevention Day. News outlets, such as NTV Kenya, cover stories related to this day, sharing personal experiences, expert insights, and information about available resources. The media attention helps reach a broader audience and encourages individuals to take action and support those at risk and that is commendable work they are doing.
By promoting openness, reducing stigma, and providing support, we can make a significant difference in the lives of those who may be struggling with mental health challenges. Let us continue to raise awareness, educate ourselves, and support one another to create a world where suicide is curbed and mental well-being is prioritized.