2011 US National Suicide Prevention Week

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Today begins National Suicide Prevention Week in the U.S. which runs from Sunday through Saturday preceding World Suicide Prevention Day on Saturday September 10th.

No matter who’s statistics you consider on the issue of police suicide, police officer suicides are a major problem worldwide.  We invite you to discuss this problem within your agency and we have provided a roll call discussion guide at the end of this article.

The International Association for Suicide Prevention (IASP), in collaboration with the World Health Organization (WHO) and the World Federation for Mental Health, is hosting World Suicide Prevention Day on September 10th, 2011. This year’s theme is “Changing the Legacy of Suicide,” and will focus on raising awareness that suicide is a major preventable cause of premature death on a global level. Governments need to develop policy frameworks for national suicide prevention strategies. At the local level, policy statements and research outcomes need to be… Continue reading