Ministry observes suicide prevention day

POSTED: 09/10/12 12:44 AM

St. Maarten (DCOMM) – The World Health Organization (WHO) will release a framework for addressing the underlying causes of suicide today – World Suicide Prevention Day – and for developing action plans tailor made for each country.
Every day, almost 3000 people commit suicide somewhere in the world. For everyone who completes a suicide, 20 or more may attempt to end their lives.
Suicide is one of the three leading causes of death in the most economically productive age group (15-44 years), and the second leading cause of death among teenagers between15 and 19 years of age.
At the other end of the age spectrum, the elderly are also at high risk.
The Ministry of Public Health, Social Development and Labor, joins the international community in its commitment to prevent suicide.
As part of his Get Checked-campaign Public Health Minister Cornelius de Weever calls on the community: “…but more importantly, the family and friends to be vigilant. Listen to every word they say, observe their actions and do not be afraid to help or support cheap valium canada those who need help.
“There is a certain guilt associated when one loses a friend or family member to suicide. The question of what could I have done or said to prevent this from happening lingers with you long after they are gone. I have personally experienced this with a teenager and I implore on everyone to be vigilant and proactive. Every life is sacred.”

The International Association for Suicide Prevention (IASP), the WHO and other partners advocate the prevention of suicidal behavior, the provision of adequate treatment, follow-up care for people who attempted suicide, and responsible reporting about suicides in the media.
Mental disorders (particularly depression and alcohol use disorders) are a major risk factor for suicide in Europe and North America; however, in Asian countries impulsiveness plays an important role. Suicide involves a complex of psychological, social, biological, cultural and environmental factors.
For information contact Section General Public Health at 542 30 03 or 542 20 78 or visit the website www.iasp.info/.

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