Today, the 10th of September, marks World Suicide Prevention Day – a day in which people and specialists around the world come together to highlight the importance of working collectively to prevent suicide every day of the year.
Suicide is the most stigmatised of psychological issues – yet it is the number one killer among 13 to 35-year-olds, after traffic accidents. Unfortunately, suicide rates across the globe are also on the rise.
However, over the years, research has shown that exposing this taboo through social campaigns and offering support through a 24/7 helpline and app could help save people’s lives and avoid what is otherwise a transgenerational legacy of pain and suffering.
Regretfully, suicide is also psychologically contagious and occurs within the family and among loved ones. Statistically, people who know of a loved one who has committed suicide are up to 85% more at risk to fall out of education and 65% more at risk of being unemployed.
They are also at an increased risk of being hospitalised with psychological problems or being marginalised and of committing suicide themselves.
Our national – and only – crisis team, Crisis Resolution Malta, consistently works towards preventing and helping people struggling with their mental health, on both a local and international scale, whilst also prioritising education.
Most importantly, Crisis Resolution Malta is ready to help with immediate care through their services. You can download the Krizi app if you or a loved one would like to reach out to a professional. The service is available 24/7 and users’ anonymity is maintained throughout. Their crisis line, 99339966, works just the same for those who prefer to speak verbally.
If you or someone you love has been struggling with their mental health, you can download the Krizi app or contact the 24/7 crisis line on 99339966.