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The International Association for Suicide Prevention (IASP)  has marked September 10th as World Suicide Prevention Day.

The Association, in partnership with the World Health Organisation (WHO), estimates that over 800,000 people die by suicide each year, equating to one every 40 seconds. The theme of this year’s prevention day is ‘Connect, communicate, care', encouraging people to speak out about suicide.

Christina McKelvie MSP will mark the occasion by taking part in the Families & Friends Against Murder & Suicide ‘Lets walk about suicide’ this coming Sunday [11th September].

Commenting, Christina said:

“In 2015, we saw 672 suicides registered compared to 696 in 2014. That’s still not far off two people a day. The fall is progress, but it isn’t enough.

“We need to bear in mind that when we talk about statistics, no two people are the same. Every single person is someone’s father; mother, brother, son, daughter and friend with a whole circle of people who care about them. This is the absolute tragic ripple effect that suicide has.

“How we walk and talk about suicide is important. We know that talking openly about it in a safe environment saves lives.

“This is why I’m encouraging all to join me on Sunday for a walk around Strathclyde Park to raise awareness about the impact of suicide on families and communities.

“That support can literally mean the difference between life and death.