Read a short note from Dr. Shoba Subramanian on World Suicide Prevention Day:

Friday, the 10th of September is World Suicide Prevention Day. While mental health struggles and suicide continue to be under-acknowledged as major public health problems, there is one death every 40 seconds caused by suicide, amounting to 800,000 deaths every year.1 At UnitedHealthcare Global we’re committed to supporting mental health and have a variety of resources to support those struggling, such as our Employee Assistance Programme (EAP), which offers counselling face-to-face, online or via telephone.

Today provides us with a moment to remember the lives of those we have lost to suicide with the ‘Light a Candle ’initiative, in which people across the globe are invited to light a candle at 7pm.2 It also instils a message of optimism with the new slogan for 2021-2023 of ‘Creating Hope Through Action’, highlighting that our actions have the power to foster the hope we wish to see. Whether it’s by checking in on a friend, encouraging mental health initiatives in the workplace, or just by taking the time to prioritise your own wellbeing, use today as a moment to help tackle the stigma surrounding suicide and promote the importance of mental health.
- Dr. Shoba Subramanian, Medical Director, Europe, UnitedHealthcare Global