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World Suicide Prevention Day: Increasing awareness amongst pharmacists

10 Sep

by Hayley Gorton (@hayley_gorton | @meds_safety), PhD student in Medication Safety theme and Pharmacist

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Every year, over 800,000 people die by suicide, worldwide. Suicide is, therefore, a major public health issue which the World Health Organization are committed to reduce – a 10% reduction in suicide deaths is pledged by 2020 [1]. Today, 10th September 2015, is World Suicide Prevention Day. I tentatively suggest that surprisingly few people will have heard of this international awareness day and perhaps realise the contribution of suicide as a cause of death worldwide. Recently, I attended the 28th World Congress of the International Association for Suicide Prevention (IASP) in Montréal. Fantastic work was presented by researchers from different backgrounds and there was a real sense of community and camaraderie between these researchers who are striving towards a common goal. On realising that I am in a unique position as a pharmacist researching in this field, I reflected on the likely awareness of suicide demographics and risk factors amongst my peers. As pharmacists are often the front line of public health, I have taken it as my duty to raise awareness within my field. To begin, I have written an article aimed at pharmacists published online in the Pharmaceutical Journal, the journal of the Royal Pharmaceutical Society, website: http://www.pharmaceutical-journal.com/opinion/blogs/suicide-an-unspoken-public-health-problem/20069127.blog

If you, or somebody you know if affected by suicidal thoughts or actions, please seek help; Samaritans 0845 790 9090

References

  1. World Health Organisation. Preventing Suicide: A global imperative. [Internet]. 2014 [cited 2014 Sept 12]. Available from: http://www.who.int/mental_health/prevention/suicide/suicideprevent/en/ .