Suicide Prevention

Suicide Prevention, Research & Information

World Suicide Prevention Day, September 10th, 2014


Efforts to prevent suicide have been celebrated on World Suicide Prevention Day – September 10th – each year since 2003. In 2014, the theme of World Suicide Prevention Day is 'Suicide Prevention: One World Connected.' The theme reflects the fact that connections are important at several levels if we are to combat suicide.

Suicide is a major public health problem. The psychological pain that leads each of these individuals to take their lives is unimaginable. Their deaths leave families and friends bereft, and often have a major ripple effect on communities.

Every year, over 800,000 almost people die from suicide; this roughly corresponds to one death every 40 seconds. The number of lives lost each year through suicide exceeds the number of deaths due to homicide and war combined.

Suicide is the fifth leading causes of death among those aged 30-49 years in 2012 globally, and is the second leading cause of death in the 15-29 years age group in 2012 globally. Overall, it is estimated that during 2012 for each adult who died of suicide there were 27 others who made suicide attempts.

More information:

Suicide Prevention

This website provides information on suicide prevention. We include links to the other main organisations around the world involved with suicide prevention, support and research, and provide information relating to relevant books.

This website was launched on 23rd July 2006.

Suicide has a long history

To be or not to be: that is the question.

Whether ‘tis nobler in the mind to suffer

The slings and arrows of outrageous fortune,

Or take arms against a sea of troubles,

And by opposing end them. To die; to sleep;

No more; and by a sleep to say we end

The heart-ache and thousand natural shocks

That flesh is heir to, ‘tis a consummation

Devoutly to be wish’d. To die, to sleep;…


Hamlet, Act 3, Scene 1, William Shakespeare


In the last millennia, William Shakespeare was probably one of the leading untrained suicidologist and psychologist with a great insight into the human condition. His understanding came from observation and experience and he was able to successfully convey that into his plays such as Hamlet without any formal psychological study (see Palmer, 2007). Suicide has been discussed and written about for thousands of years. However, in the last 50 years the suicide research base has greatly increased.

Online courses

Interested in online courses? Visit the International Academy for Professional Development Ltd for a range of university accredited and professional body recognised courses:

University Accredited online courses

Online CPD Courses


Site sponsor

The website is sponsored by the Centre for Stress Management, International Academy for Professional Development Ltd, London, UK. All queries relating to this website can go to the Director of the Centre, Prof Stephen Palmer PhD.