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40 seconds of action: Suicide Prevention

Every 40 seconds, someone in the world dies from suicide, from being overwhelmed by negative feelings - hopelessness, depression, traumatic stress, pain etc. It doesn't have to be this way.

The World Health Organisation (WHO) is running a "40 seconds of action" campaign for the World Mental Health Day 2019 to raise awareness on suicides and ways to prevent suicide.

Here are ways you can help prevent suicide:

1) Look out for suicidal warning signs - talking about suicides and being a burden to others, talking about unbearable pain, social withdrawal, persistent low moods, show feelings of hopelessness, believing they are worthless and alone in the world.

2) Let them know you are concerned and you are there to help.

3) Tell them there are other options than suicide.

4) Don't assume they will get better without help or that they will seek help on their own. Encourage and help then seek professional help.

Together we can help. If you know someone who is down, depressed, hopeless - cheer them on, because that might just save their lives. Also reach out to all of the people whom you value in life and treat them with care, treat them with love.

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