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40 second silence to mark World Suicide Prevention Day

Around the world, someone dies by suicide every 40 seconds. To raise awareness and to remember those that have died and are bereaved by suicide, people are being encouraged to participate in a 40 second silence on World Suicide Prevention Day on 10 September at 11.40am.

The concept of the 40 second silence was developed for World Suicide Prevention Day in 2018 by Tony Harrison, a father bereaved by suicide. Tony, from Blackburn with Darwen, has been campaigning to raise awareness of suicide and to tackle the stigma and myths that surround it. He said:

“Most periods of silence last one or two minutes. This seemed a perfect opportunity to not only remember all those lost to suicide, but to highlight the horrifying statistic that every 40 seconds someone, somewhere around the world dies by suicide.”

Around the world, someone dies by suicide every 40 seconds. This equates to 3,000 a day or 800,000 people a year. For every suicide, there are 20 suicide attempts -one every 3 seconds.

“Suicide affects everyone but it is the biggest killer of men under age 49,” says Adam Doyle, Sustainable Communities Co-Ordinator at Newground.

Together we can help to prevent suicide. If you’re struggling to cope then you can contact Newground on 01254 265163, call CALM on 0800 585858 or call Samaritans on 116 123.

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