World Suicide Prevention Day.

September 10th plays host to World Suicide Prevention Day and yet it's still something many people struggle to talk about, myself included at times. 2017 marks the 13th anniversary of the day after being founded in 2003 and being endorsed by the World HeaOrganisationtion.

Every year, more than 800,000 people die by suicide. That's one person every 40 seconds. And even more than that make a suicide attempt. That may just be a statistic but behind the numbers, there are real people. Real people with a story and many different reasons as to why they questioned the value of their own life.

The theme around this year was 'take a minute, change a life' and that couldn't be truer. Ask anyone that has made an attempt to end their life and I'm sure they will tell you that what they really wanted was for someone to intervene. That although they'd reached their breaking point what they really wanted was for someone who could sense their despair, for someone to ask them how they really are and spend time listening and trying to help.

When people reach that endpoint, they often make a pact with themselves that if someone asks them how they are or just gives them a smile, anything that will brighten their day, then they won't go through with it. Unfortunately, there is many who say that no one did.

Life is precious. If there is someone you are concerned about, all it takes is a minute to check if they're alright. Sometimes just asking how they are will change their whole day. Taking a minute to reach out to someone, be it a friend, family or stranger can really change their life.

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