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Deanna Wagner | 11 September, 2019, 07:25

"According to the World Health Organisation (WHO), more than 800,000 people die by suicide every year". There is also an estimated wider societal cost of £1.55m for each life lost. In this modern era, there are tools and information to help people avoid that tragedy.

Roberts explained that everyone can make a contribution in preventing suicide, and added that by joining together, those suffering can be better supported. It is important that service providers such as police, hospitals, ambulance services and Global Positioning System identify people to give information to and to ask if they need help. It's widely known that certain behaviors indicate the possibility of suicide. Everyone can play a role by learning to recognize warning signs, showing compassion and care to Veterans in need, and offering your support. And living in a rural area that also tells us that with having limited resources, sometimes that can really put people at risk if they don't have access to the same resources that maybe in urban areas people do.

"We want to let people know they are not alone and there are places to go in this community for support", said Kim Willis, communication director for the local Canadian Mental Health Association. During the month, or anytime, attend a panel discussion on how mental problems intensify thoughts of suicide.

Tuesday was World Suicide Prevention Day and Sadag said from January this year, it had received nearly 42,000 calls on its suicide helpline.

The statistics behind suicides are staggering and heartbreaking.

"As well as providing access to services such as counselling, mental health first aiders and employee assistance programmes (EAPs), employers could take advantage of technology".

EVERY day in Scotland, an average of two people die by suicide. "The more people who do, the more impact it is likely to have".

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Suicide is a very complex issue. Yet suicides are preventable.

World Suicide Prevention Day (September 10) is a call for doctors, hospitals, support groups and everyday people to counter the stigma and do more to help people before it is too late.

"Every life matters and no death by suicide should be regarded as either acceptable or inevitable".

This day is dedicated to raise awareness and advance education regarding suicide and its increase in different countries.

"The high toxicity of many pesticides means that such suicide attempts often lead to death, particularly in situations where there is no antidote or where there are no medical facilities nearby", the release read further.

To get help 24/7, phone Lifeline on 13 11 14 or the Suicide Call Back Service on 1300 659 467.