Suicide Prevention and Awareness Blog Day Kick Off!

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.


Remember to grab a Blogging for Suicide Prevention badge!:


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