World Suicide Prevention Day celebration
On September 10, 2018, various organizations came together for the celebration of 16th World Suicide Prevention Day. The theme for this year was “Working Together to Prevent Suicide”. A rally was organized by Epidemiology and Disease Control Division, Department of Health Services, Ministry of Health and Population to celebrate the day.
The rally lasted from 7 to 8:30 am and passed along the New Baneshwor-Maitighar road section, concluding at Maitighar mandala. Representatives of various organizations working in mental health, such as CVICT Nepal, Koshish Nepal, Americares, Psychiatrist Association of Nepal, CMC Nepal etc. participated in the event. All the staff of TPO Nepal also participated in the rally to express their commitment in working together to prevent suicide. The World Health Organization (WHO) estimates that over 800,000 people die by suicide each year, i.e. one person dies from suicide every 40 seconds. Therefore, it is imperative that everyone join hands and work together to prevent this epidemic.