Today is Suicide Awareness and Prevention Blog Day! [#SABD13 Roundup]

Today, September 10, 2013, the World Health Organization (WHO) and the International Association for Suicide Prevention (IASP) are co-sponsoring World Suicide Prevention Day. To help raise awareness, the USC School of Social Work launched a Suicide Awareness and Prevention Blog Day campaign to break the silence on this mental health issue. Here are a few facts shared by IASP to get you started:

  • Suicide is one of the leading causes of death in the world, especially among young people.
  • Suicide accounts for one death every 40 seconds.
  • The number of lives lost each year through suicide exceeds the number of deaths due to homicide and war combined.
  • According to the WHO and the latest Burden of Disease Estimation, suicide is a major public health problem in high-income countries and an emerging problem in low and middle-income countries.
  • A large proportion of people who die by suicide suffer from mental illness.
  • A significant number of those with mental illnesses who die by suicide do not contact health or social services near the time of their death. In many instances, there are insufficient services available to assist those in need at times of crisis.
  • Lack of access to appropriate care is one of the many factors that magnify the stigma associated with mental illness and with suicidal ideation and behavior.
  • One of the causes of stigma is a simple lack of knowledge — that is, ignorance. This kind of ignorance can be directly combated through community-based educational programs that are targeted to specific subgroups (e.g., by age, educational level, religious affiliation).
  • Unless stigma is confronted and challenged, it will continue to be a major barrier to the treatment of mental illnesses and to the prevention of suicide.
  • By participating in this campaign, you are helping to break the stigma around suicide and helping to prevent future victims from suffering in silence.

If you are interested in taking part in this campaign, please take a look at our participation guidelines seen in our Suicide Prevention Blog Day Kick Off post. We will update our roundup with blog day submissions between now and the end of September. To submit your blog post for the roundup, please share a link to your blog article on our Facebook, Tweet at us @MSWatUSC or leave a comment on this post.

Suicide Prevention and Awareness Blog Day Roundup:

September 10, 2013

Mothers of the Same Fate: Plath & Sexton by Àlamodest
Like to Blog for a Cause? Join in on September 10, 2013 and Blog for Suicide Prevention
by Holy Jeans & My Favorite Things
I’m Blogging for Suicide Prevention… My Father’s Story by Momma Young
September is Suicide Prevention and Awareness Month by Parenting With Purpose
The Reality of Depression: It Exists by Támara Hill, MS, LPC-BE of Psych Central
World Suicide Prevention Day by Lala’s Mom
I’m Taking A Stand By Blogging for Suicide Prevention by I’d Rather Be Changing Diapers
I… DON’T NEED A DRINK #SABD13 by You’re Not Finished
The Elephant Has Left My Room. How About Yours? By Flames for Flegality
Suicide Prevention and Awareness Blog Day By Sheye Nelson of Studio City Patch
Suicide Prevention and Awareness Day By Confessions of a Fat Girl
Suicide in the Military by Iktrojan
What I Learned About Suicide Intervention by Peer Into Wellness
Shedding Light on a Dark Subject by Linda & Charlie Bloom of Psych Central
Blogging for a Cause in September and October by Living, Learning & Loving Life
Suicide Awareness and Prevention Blog Carnival by Diary of An Amateur Blogger
Hush! The Quiet Epidemic Called Suicide by Dara’s Creative Corner
Suicide Prevention by Anonybliss
Simone Goldsmith – Suicide Awareness Blog Day by Our New Lives
What is Left When You Don’t Want to Keep Living? #suicideprevention #SABD13 by Only A Breath
Suicide Prevention: Acceptance, Compassion and Care by Resplendent by Design
Suicide Prevention: Take Five – You’re Worth It! by Dorlee M
A failed suicide attempt by Mashed Musings
It Hurts To Talk About (But Talk About It We Must) by The Robot Mommy
Software Developer Increases National Awareness of Depression in Tech Community
by Joyce Marter,LCPC of Psych Central
5 Ways To Speak Up For Suicide Prevention by Katherine Stone of Babble
World Suicide Prevention Day 2013 by Write Tribe
Today Is World Suicide Prevention Day by Little Wolff
How Do I Help Someone Who Is Suicidal? by Kat Dawkins of Psych Central
This is my story…by a New Life, A New Beginning
You don’t have to do this. By Stillwatter
What Battlestar Galactica Can Teach Us About Suicide Prevention by The Psychology of Science Fiction
Blogging for Suicide Prevention Day by The Skinny on Psych Meds
World Sucide Prevention Day : Resources by Cirquedumot
September 10th – World Suicide Prevention Day by Dreamer, Awaken
I Advocate for a World Without Suicide by Bipolar Mom Life
Time Warp Tuesday: Learning by Bereaved and Blessed
Preventing Teen Suicide: The Importance of Information and Connection by PSY’s New Single “Gentleman”
Thoughts on being Suicidal… by Vaayadi Pennu
That Light Mike Gave Us by Samaritans Stories
Suicide Awareness Day by Pursuit of Peace
I beg you, Ma, I never wanted to die by A Walk In The Woods
On suicide by Little Wolff
Where Do I Begin? By Flames For Flegality
I Fight for a World Without Suicide by Motherhood Unadorned
Celebrity Or Not: Suicide Warning Signs To Look For by Alicia Sparks of Psych Central
What if I’d Said, Just Drive… by West Coast Posse
5 Easy Ways To Help With Suicide Prevention Awareness by Alicia Sparks of Psych Central
The thin line between life and death – PARENTAL ADVISORY by Sitawa Wafula
You Can Help Save a Life… But Not Today by PSY’s New Single “Gentleman”
Blood Test Suicidal Biomarker SAT1 #suicideprevention by Chato Stewart of Psych Central
Wentworth Miller: “The First Time I Tried to Kill Myself I Was 15″ by Alicia Sparks of Psych Central
My Mother Attempted Suicide by Blunt Moms
Blogging for Prevention
National Suicide Prevention Week by Teen Talk

September 11, 2013

Suicide Prevention Week: Frank’s Story by Touchstone Health Partners
Wake me up when September ends by That Cynking Feeling
The past can hurt…learn from it by I Can Do Anything
World Suicide Prevention Day by Lighted Pen
Trust Humanity by Funnel Cakes Not Included
Unnatural Endings: On loss of life when its chosen and the living left behind by Post-Going Postal
Suicide Awareness and Prevention by Chaos Sick
Suicide Prevention by Everyday Gyaan
Suicide: It’s Everyone’s Issue by Dr. Stephanie
The Suicide Monologue by Prozac Monologues
Talking Serious Right Now by Birdcage Media
Don’t Let Go by Rainbow Hues
The Joy of Living by Don’t Lick The Deck
Stigma : A Barrier to Suicide Prevention by A Rose Is A Rose Is A Rose
Constant Vigilance Necessary for Suicide Prevention by Joan Winifred of Psych Central

September 13, 2013

Big-Hearted People by Dan of Samaritans Stories
Suicide Prevention Resource List by The Direction Diva
#PsychAche – the Inner Emotions of Suicide by Birth Touch LLC\
True Courage is Asking for Help by Dr. Ann Becker Shutte


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