Today is World Suicide Prevention Day, a day during which we remember those who have committed suicide, raise awareness and help to prevent more deaths by suicide. The World Health Organization estimates that over 800,000 people die by suicide each year. It is one of the leading causes of death in the United States, despite being preventable.

Our Governor’s project this year, Mind Your Mind, focuses on raising awareness for mental illness, and aims to end the stigma surrounding mental health. So join NYCKI this World Suicide Prevention Day in raising a greater awareness for suicide, starting a meaningful conversation, and working towards suicide prevention. In many communities, suicide is spoken of in hushed tones, and there is a lot of stigma surround mental health in general. That’s why it’s so important to let people know that you’re comfortable talking about mental health. Free yourself of judgement and start a conversation with others in an effort to end the stigma surrounding suicide and mental health.

Looking for ways you can help? Here are some things you can do to stop suicide this WSPD:

  • Organize and/or participate in an Out of the Darkness Walk in your local community. 
  • Hold a candle light vigil for those who have committed suicide on your college campus.
  • Hold a bake sale or another fundraiser for AFSP’s Project 2025, which aims to reduce the annual suicide rate 20 percent by 2025.
  • Write positive messages on post-it-notes and out them up around your campus. 
  • Educate yourself and others on your campus, neighborhood, and community, about the many resources available to prevent suicide, including a 24/7 National Suicide Prevention Hotline. By calling 1-800-273-TALK (8255), you and anyone contemplating suicide can be connected to a skilled, trained counselor at a crisis center.

These are only some of the many way that you can make a difference. We encourage all Circle K’ers to start a conversation about suicide, help us raise more awareness and shed light on this important issue.