World Suicide Prevention Day
September 10th, 2023

August 31, 2023

Every September, there is a world suicide prevention day to raise awareness of the alarming rates of suicide attempts, deaths, and ideation. This year's theme is Creating Health through Action. There are a few ways to try and help someone you may know who is struggling or even yourself. Sitting down with the individual who is struggling can help let them know that there is someone out there who cares and can help. Reaching out when you're feeling down can also help. Be an advocate. Make resources available to others and know what to say; words matter, so use them wisely. This past year, the suicide hotline easier to reach… you can call or text 988 or chat at 988 Lifeline if you or someone you know is in crisis.

If someone is at risk for suicide, you can watch for warning signs, including:

  • Talking about being a burden
  • Being isolated
  • Increased anxiety
  • Talking about feeling trapped or in unbearable pain
  • Increased substance abuse
  • Looking for a way to access lethal means
  • Increased anger or rage
  • Extreme mood swings
  • Expressing hopelessness
  • Sleeping too little or too much
  • Talking or posting about wanting to die
  • Making plans for suicide

Many employers will offer mental health support for their employees. Contact your human resources department if you're interested in learning more about these opportunities.

International Association for Suicide Prevention


  • CDC. 2021. "Facts About Suicide | Suicide." CDC. https://www.cdc.gov/suicide/facts/index.html.
  • HSE. 2023. "World Suicide Prevention Day 2023." HSE. https://www.hse.ie/eng/services/list/4/mental-health-services/connecting-for-life/n ews/world-suicide-prevention-day-2023.html.

About the Author:

Ashley Higginbotham, MBA, ATC Transylvania University Athletic Trainer