Suicide is the second leading cause of death among 15-29 year olds.

suicide has become second leading cause of death among young Spaniards from 15 to 29 years old. Since 2006 the attempts have increased threefoldand currently the 2,000 attempts each year.

These are devastating numbers, and given this reality, there are already eight hospitals are testing the first national pilot plan to reduce suicide attempts among teenagers. It is research project ‘Survive‘. They analyze the effects of a therapy in six sessions in young Spaniards aged 13 to 18 who have already attempted suicide.

Furthermore, barely four months ago, the Hotline 024 for suicidal behavior, which is available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, every day of the year. He is free, accessible, immediate, confidential and is assisted by experts to provide support to people with suicidal behavior, family members and close friends; or to intervene, -if necessary-, in complex high-risk situations.

024 is the hotline for suicidal behavior

Meanwhile, more than 34,000 calls have already been received. Moreover, they were made nearly 1,500 referrals to 112 Emergencies and a total of 585 ongoing suicides. The service handles a daily figure of around 300 calls. Because we must not lose sight of another fact: Suicide is the leading cause of unnatural death in Spain.

Miguel Guerrero, clinical psychologist, stresses that beyond the quantitative aspect “we must take into account the qualitative service -of the telephone-, and these data are difficult to measure, but they obviously have a positive impact on the promotion of mental health and suicide prevention

70,000 attempts per year

Experts appreciate this service and consider it very necessary. However, they point out thatin Spain there are at least seventy thousand attempts per yearwhich is a medical or psychiatric emergency every seven and a half minutes”.

They also recall that the pandemic of recent years has been decisive. “From the the end of confinement there is a kind of rebound effect which means that in 2020 the highest number of deaths by suicide in the history of Spain has been recorded,” concludes Andoni Anseán, president of the Spanish Foundation for Suicide Prevention.

The last photo of those who committed suicide

Every week they kill each other in the UK 125 people. This sad reality was the trigger for a campaign called ‘The last Picture’. It consists of showing the last photo that people took. The pictures are displayed and distributed in the streets and stations of London.

This way you try raise awareness of the importance of prevention and pay a last tribute to these people. Because by looking at his photographs we can discover that sometimes smiles are real masks.

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