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The fact that suicidal thoughts and ideation has been part of my life since early childhood is no secret and I have written about it on this blog several times before.

It is a subject dear to my heart as it is a very real spectre that can haunt the mind of many a person.  Not only those of us who suffer from poor mental health, but many a person and it  can and has also cast very dark shadows over the lives of those who have lost a loved one through suicide.

World Suicide Prevention Day 2012 is on September 10th this year and it is something I am encouraging everyone to get involved in.

The world Health Organisation state that…

The number of lives lost each year through suicide exceeds the number of deaths due to homicide and war combined.

Its a staggering statistic isn’t it?  And we need to be very mindful that this is also a very real threat to many of our young people.

So why not get involved?

One way is to light a candle at or near a window on September 10th at 8pm. to show your support for Suicide prevention, to remember a lost loved one, and for the survivors of suicide.

And there are other ways in which you can get involved and show your support, especially if you have a mental health blog.

Why not reblog this post or write your own piece in support of this important issue?

I am also going to be placing some resources on the Mental Health Writers Guild Recourses page which you are welcome to use.  Or alternatively why not visit the links below for further details.

International Association For Suicide Prevention.

Official World Suicide Prevention Day Facebook Event Page

Together we CAN make a difference!