World Suicide Prevention Day

7 September 2023

Suicide is a tragic and preventable loss of life that affects individuals and communities worldwide. According to the World Health Organization, approximately 800,000 people die by suicide each year, making it a leading cause of death globally. However, these numbers only represent a fraction of the pain and suffering endured by those struggling with mental health issues.

World Suicide Prevention Day on 10 September plays a crucial role in fostering open conversations, reducing stigma, and promoting understanding around mental health challenges. By encouraging dialogue, sharing resources, and providing support, we can create a compassionate and inclusive environment where individuals feel safe seeking help.

Our wellbeing theme for 2023 is 'Let's Talk'. Talking about your feelings can be really hard, especially when you are struggling or feeling low - but that's when talking matters most. Opening up about how you are feeling can really help, and it can be the first step in finding the right support to get better. So, if you or someone you know is struggling or needs support, Let's Talk.

You can find links to country-specific helplines at find a helpline - which provides details for suicide and crisis helplines.

For further information on the support and resources available in your area, go to the Menzies Aviation Wellbeing Hub. The information provided is designed to provide additional information and resources and it does not replace the need for professional assessment or support. It is really important that you contact a medical professional if you are worried about your mental health. 

Whether it's sharing information on social media or reaching out to someone who may be struggling, every action counts. Let's Talk about mental health and suicide prevention and, together, we can create a world where no one feels alone in their battle.