How to 'Take a Minute, Change a Life'


How to 'Take a Minute, Change a Life'

He was speaking on the topic: "Let Us Unite and Show Compassion to Prevent Suicide: mhLAP and MEHSOG Admonishes All", as Ghana joins the rest of the world on Sunday, September 10, to observe Suicide Prevention Day.

With 65,000 people attempting suicide each year and hundreds of thousands of people thinking about committing suicide, World Suicide Prevention day aims to open up the conversations and help those in the darkness.

2017 marks the 15th world suicide prevention day.

However, she added that "every death by suicide is a tragic and devastating event that impacts on the lives of so many people".

There will be activities taking place around the world to raise awareness about suicide, including the International Association of Suicide Prevention's cycle around the world.


195 participants are cycling 62,574.7 miles in support of World Suicide Prevention Day for IASP - more than twice the circumference of the planet. It's also a time for us to commit to ensuring that services and supports are there for people when they need them.

The HSE's National Director of Mental Health, Anne O'Connor, said "this year's theme - "Take a minute, change a life" - is about understanding and recognising that reaching out to someone can help to prevent suicide".

Suicide experts say many people who have survived suicide attempts usually have a lot to teach about how kind words and actions of others are important in stopping suicide attempt. These numbers are staggering, indicating that the victims of suicide or those who may be inclined to take their own lives may be more present in our daily lives than we realise.

Judy Darcy, Minister of Mental Health and Addiction, released a statement today regarding the the two days.

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