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How to 'Take a Minute, Change a Life'

10 September 2017

"By openly discussing suicide; recognizing risk factors such as mental illness, trauma, substance abuse, and unemployment; and deploying help to those who need it, we will find hope and prevent untimely deaths", he continued.

He added, "We are also launching a new section of our Safety Center with additional resources about suicide prevention and online well being".

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How to 'Take a Minute, Change a Life'

President Trump marked World Suicide Prevention Day on Sunday, encouraging Americans to have an open discussion about the issue.

The World Health Organization reports about 800,000 people commit suicide every year.

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"Behind these statistics are the individual stories of those who have, for many different reasons, questioned the value of their own lives", Mr Kofie said.

The report also indicates one third of respondents drew a link between suicide and thoughtlessness, calling out people who die by suicide as "irresponsible". "Take a minute, change a life", is the theme for 2017's awareness day.

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"Again, as community members, even the offer of a gentle word of support and listening in a non-judgmental way could make all the difference between someone taking his/her life or helping that someone to overcome it", he said.

That is why raising awareness about suicide prevention is key to saving a life before it is too late.

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"Someone in distress will always be helped by being listened to with compassion and empathy", Pirkis is quoted as saying by the Metro.

How to 'Take a Minute, Change a Life'