Today—September 10, 2021—is World Suicide Prevention Day (WSPD), guys. 

Every year on this day since the year 2003, the world observes WSPD. It is an initiative of the International Association for Suicide Prevention (IASP), in collaboration with the World Health Organization (WHO) and the World Federation for Mental Health (WFMH). 

The purpose of World Suicide Prevention Day is to raise awareness about suicide, to educate people on how to prevent suicide with the reduction of the global number of suicides and suicide attempts as the end goal. But it’s not just today, the entire month is dedicated to the cause and September is actually called Suicide Prevention Awareness Month. 

According to IASP, this year’s theme is ‘Creating Hope Through Action.’ They explained that the theme is a: 

 <blockquote>reminder that there is an alternative to suicide and aims to inspire confidence and light in all of us; that our actions, no matter how big or small, may provide hope to those who are struggling. Preventing suicide is often possible and you are a key player in its prevention. Through action, you can make a difference to someone in their darkest moments – as a member of society, as a child, as a parent, as a friend, as a colleague or as a neighbour. We can all play a role in supporting those experiencing a suicidal crisis or those bereaved by suicide.</blockquote><br>

Lil Nas X Named Suicide Prevention Advocate of the Year

Meanwhile, The Trevor Project has named Grammy Award-winning artist Lil Nas X as their very first Suicide Prevention Advocate of the Year Awardee. The Trevor Project by the way, is an American nonprofit organization that has been providing crisis intervention and suicide prevention services for lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer & questioning (LGBTQ) young people.

According to The Trevor Project, Lil Nas X “has demonstrated an ongoing commitment to supporting The Trevor Project’s mission to end suicide among LGBTQ young people with his openness about struggling with his sexuality and suicidal ideation, his continued advocacy around mental health issues, and his unapologetic celebration of his queer identity.”

Amit Paley, CEO and Executive Director at The Trevor Project, said in a statement:

The Trevor Project is thrilled to honor Lil Nas X with the Suicide Prevention Advocate of the Year Award. His vulnerability in his journey to self-acceptance and expression has created space for candid conversations around mental health and sexual identity, signaling to LGBTQ youth that they are not alone. The Trevor Project’s research shows that over 80% of LGBTQ youth say that LGBTQ celebrities positively influence how they feel about being LGBTQ, further affirming the cultural impact of Lil Nas X being proud of who he is and an ideal recipient of this inaugural award.

On the other hand, Lil Nas X said when he accepted the award:

Thank you so much to The Trevor Project for this award and for all they do for the LGBTQ community. Discrimination around sexuality and gender identity is still very real, and our community deserves to feel supported and totally free to be themselves. I often get messages from fans telling me about their struggles with depression and suicidal thoughts, and it made me realize that this was something bigger than myself. If using my voice and expressing myself in my music can help even one kid out there who feels alone, then it was all worth it.

The Numbers

According to NAMI:

  • Men accounted for 78% of suicides.
  • In the U.S., lesbian, gay and bisexual youth are “4x more likely to attempt suicide than straight youth.”
  • In the U.S., transgender adults are “nearly 12x more likely to attempt suicide than the general population.”
  • 46.8% of lesbian, gay and bisexual high school students in the U.S. have serious thoughts of suicide.
  • For more information, read the article in full here.

Warning Signs

Of course, it is very important for us to be aware about the warning signs and risk factors of suicide, that we know how to navigate mental health among many others. This is why the National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) has prepared the following resources for us:


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