World Suicide Prevention Day 2022 – PAHO/WHO

World Suicide Prevention Day 2022

World Suicide Prevention Day (WSPD), celebrated annually September 10, is organized by the International Association for Suicide Prevention (IASP) and endorsed by the World Health Organization (WHO). The event represents a global commitment to draw attention to suicide prevention.

The 2022 WSPD theme, “Creating hope through action” reflects the need for collective action to address this pressing public health issue. All of us – family members, friends, colleagues, community members, educators, religious leaders, health professionals, politicians and governments – can take action to prevent suicide in the Region.

Goals

The overall objective of this day is to raise awareness around the world about suicide prevention. Goals include promoting collaboration and empowering stakeholders to address self-harm and suicide through preventive measures. These can be achieved through capacity building of health care providers and other relevant actors, positive and informative messages aimed at the general population and at-risk groups such as young people, and facilitation of an open discussion about mental health at home, at school, in the workplace, etc. Those contemplating or affected by suicide are also encouraged to share their stories and seek professional help.