Suicide Prevention and Awareness Blog Day Kick Off!

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On September 10, 2013, the World Health Organization and the International Association for Suicide Prevention (IASP) will co-sponsor World Suicide Prevention Day. To commemorate this day, the MSW@USC invites you to participate in our Suicide Awareness Blog Day. Around the world, suicide is a major public health problem and is the leading cause of death for young people. Worldwide, nearly one million people succumb to suicide each year, a number that exceeds deaths from war and homicide combined. Somewhere in the world, someone dies of suicide every 40 seconds.

This is the 11th anniversary of World Suicide Prevention Day. This year’s theme is “Stigma: A Major Barrier for Suicide Prevention.” Untreated mental illness and substance abuse are at the root of many suicide deaths. Reluctance to seek help for these conditions is often due to stigma. According to the IUSD, the stigma associated with mental illness and suicidal behavior can be caused by ignorance, prejudice, discrimination and other negative attitudes.

Education is one of the most important tools available to eradicate the stigma of mental illness and reduce the global suicide level. One of the goals of World Suicide Prevention Day is to inspire people to get involved to help raise awareness of this critical issue. By working together to help eliminate the stigma, we can help people to feel more empowered to seek support when they need it.

If you are a blogger who has a personal story about suicide or mental illness, consider sharing it in a blog post. It can be your own story or the story of a friend or loved one. After you’ve published your post, please leave a link to it below. No matter what you usually blog about, this is the perfect opportunity to reach out to others and be part of the movement to raise awareness in honor of World Suicide Prevention Day.

Everyone is welcome to participate! Here’s how:

  1. Publish a blog post that incorporates a suicide prevention theme. Mention why raising awareness about this issue matters.
  2. Include a link back to our blog campaign description so that your readers can learn how they can raise awareness, too.
  3. Place the “Blogging for Suicide Prevention” badge on your post or site using the html code provided below.
  4. Share your blog post for suicide prevention on Twitter and Facebook using the hashtags #SABD13 #suicideprevention.
  5. Check out our Suicide Awareness Roundup to read, engage and follow bloggers participating in the campaign.
  6. Important Note: Please provide a trigger warning if you include any traumatic experiences or images in your blog post.
  7. SABD13 Roundup


    Remember to grab a Blogging for Suicide Prevention badge!:

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    If you or a friend are considering suicide please call the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline 1-800-273-8255. It is free and confidential.

  • Shannon Nelson

    Where can I find the Suicide Awareness Roundup ?

    • Gabriela Acosta

      Hi Shannon,
      Thank you so much for sharing your World Suicide Prevention Day post! Thank you for sharing your experience of losing your daughter to suicide and I am so glad you are now raising awareness around suicide prevention. Check back in on September 10th. We will Roundup all of the blogs submitted and share them with our audience.

    • MSWatUSC

      Hi Shannon, the Suicide Awareness Roundup will be posted on September 10th. Check back at that time and you will see the list of blogs submitted. Thanks for raising awareness.

      • Shannon Nelson

        Thank you!

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  • Dara K. Fulton

    Does it have to be posted on the actual day or beforehand?

    • MSWatUSC

      Hi Dara!
      Feel free to post your blog at any point in September. If you have it posted before the 10th we can include you in our blog Roundup. After that you can still send us a link to your blog to enter to be featured at the end of the month. Thanks for breaking the silence! Looking forward to reading your post. :)

      • Dara K. Fulton

        Thanks so much :)

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  • Willa Goodfellow

    Is this the page you want us to link to?

    • MSWatUSC

      Yes, please share a link to this page so that your audience can learn how they can get involved in raising awareness. Thanks for helping us to break the silence!

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  • Dara K. Fulton

    Hi, here’s my post. I’m proud to be part of this initiative in breaking the silence about suicide. I hope to be part of the roundup on Sept. 10th. Thank you for reading.

    • Gabriela Acosta

      Thank you Dara! Your post took courage to write and I am sure that your story resonated with many people. Thank you for breaking the silence, we will be sure to include your post in our Sept 10 Roundup.

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  • Simone Goldsmith

    Hello, here is my blog. I’m not sure if the hashtag worked.

  • DorleeM

    Here is the link to my suicide prevention post

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  • Jenn Crowell

    Thanks so much for inviting me! My blog post is up and can be found at the following URL:

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  • Sheri Johnson

    I lost my son to suicide! He lost his battle with PTSD! You can find everything on this link! Thank you for everything you are doing! This is a very serious issue in our world right now.

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    My Blog post:

    Unnatural Endings: On loss of life when its chosen and the living left behind.

  • Frederick Davidson


    We run through life as children playing army with all of our best buds and as we grow older that just passes by and just becomes a very distant memory we go through our high school days looking toward our future some will go off to college and some will work minimum wage jobs and then some of us will pick up where we left off as kids and join the military we go and take our asvab exam and then our physical then comes the big day of taking our oath of service to our so called great nation to protect and defend her! then we start our tour of duty weather it be state side or over sea’s we do what our country ask of us without question and for some of us after doing our duty to GOD AND COUNTRY we come back home broken not just in body but there are some of us that are broken in mind and when our contract was up with our great nation did they say this is what we owe you for your service to our great nation or this is what we will do for you? NO!!! they just say here is your discharge there’s the door don’t let it hit ya where the good lord split ya and for so many of this nations hero’s they don’t even know what they are entitled to and the ones that are oh so broken inside that just can’t cope with life they wind up out in the cold and on the hard streets of life or even worse the demons inside of them get the better of them and they wind up taking their own lives but how many nights do these brave men and women sit and cry out OH LORD WHY DO THOU FORSAKE ME WHAT DID I DO TO DESERVE THIS. when all they did was answer the call of our great many of us have been just flat out forgotten about for so many years and yet our tears still flow and our despair seems endless at times and then one day the despair just gets the best of us and we just give in to the nightmares running through our heads because for some of my brothers and sisters in arms they have no one to turn to I have gotten lucky and have found my family to turn to my family of brothers and sisters but even with that support i still feel the moments of shame and regrets oh yes and the days of despair. how many more tears must our forgotten shed before this great nation wakes up?how many more of our brothers and sisters shall we loose to the streets before this great nation opens it’s eyes and see’s our pain and suffering? and the final question HOW MANY MORE HAS TO TAKE THEIR LIVES TO COPE WITH THESE DEMONS IN THEIR HEADS?????????


    • Frederick Davidson

      this is just a taste of what some veterans are going through i post this only to open minds and maybe help other veterans i have been there and even tried the suicide routine

      • MSWatUSC

        Hi Fredrick,
        thank you for sharing your experience with us in honor of suicide prevention month! To officially submit for the roundup we need a link to a blog post. Please let me know if you have a blog for your suicide awareness submission and I’ll be happy to add it to the campaign page. Thanks again for breaking the silence and for serving our country.

        • Frederick Davidson

          i don’t have no blog although tears of the forgotten has been re-posted on a number of veterans group pages on facebook

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  • Rachel

    Our Teen Talk program is an audio blog in the form of a podcast. Our
    teen hosts recently did a show for suicide prevention and awareness, and
    they provide great information for warning signs along with messages of
    hope. You can listen at

    • MSWatUSC

      Rachel, I’m so thrilled your team has dedicated a podcast episode to suicide prevention. I’ve included you guys in our roundup. Thanks so much for raising awareness!

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  • MSWatUSC

    Thank you everyone for sharing your personal stories and experiences and helping to raise awareness for suicide prevention! We will be updating the Roundup page at the end of each week day in September. To view the roundup please go to:

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    Thank you, thank you, thank you, from the bottom of my heart, for tackling this difficult subject! It is wonderful to know there are still many people out there willing to fight for those who wont fight for themselves!

    • MSWatUSC

      Thank you for sharing your story!

  • Jonathan Singer

    New story by MSW student Bethany Walker posted on the “Finding the Light Within” Storytelling Website:

    • MSWatUSC

      Thank you for sharing the post Jonathan! Storytelling Mural is moving. I hope it inspires people to help those experiencing depression and battling thoughts of suicide.

  • Liz

    “EVEN THE DARKEST NIGHT WILL END AND THE SUN WILL RISE. SUICIDE IS NEVER THE ANSWER.” I lost my fiancee to suicide 7/1/2010. Gone but never forgotten. Think twice about choosing this permanent route, it hurts to much without you. Snapchat: DizzyMi55Lizzy

    • MSWatUSC

      Liz, I’m so sorry to hear about you losing your fiancee to suicide. We are honored that we can dedicate this campaign to the memory of those we have lost and to all of those we can save by breaking the silence.

  • Tammy T

    Please “like/share” this song of hope “Christmas Day” by Chris Holly – it’s so important this holiday season to help those having a tough time (music video)

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  • Emma

    My name is Emma Barrett and I am an Actress/Filmmaker in Los Angeles. I am in the process of raising funds on Kickstarter to make a film based on Simone Back and the shocking true story of her suicide announcement on Facebook that was ignored and ridiculed. This film will hold up a mirror to today’s society and will address the desolate human disconnection that we self-generate with the fear of not being “perfect” or “normal” in society. When it’s actually the imperfections that make us human… and vulnerable… and beautiful. To check out my Kickstarter campaign, please visit

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    Unnatural Endings: On loss of life when its chosen and the living left behindd