Puerto Vallarta Holds Forums on Suicide During World Suicide Prevention Day

The Comprehensive Mental Health Center (CISAME) will hold a forum on suicide in the auditorium of Juan Luis Cifuentes Lemus, located at Centro Universitario de la Costa to commemorate Word Suicide Prevention Day, September 10.

The forum begin at 5 PM and free to the general public. Topics will include suicide prevention, psychology, psycho-social, and emergency care, among other topics.

On Wednesday, September 10, the Police Commission will be holding a conference titled “Say Yes to Life… Prevention of Suicidal Behavior” by psychologist Claudia Cazares Lezama.

The conference will be held at the Regional Police Academy at 10 AM. The conference will focus on law enforcement and how to handle a person in a suicide crisis, how to speak with them and make them understand their value as a person to the people who love them, and their role in society.

The forum will also offer tips on how law enforcement can deal with the emotional demands they face every day in their field of work.

In addition, on September 12 the Superior Technological Institute of Puerto Vallarta will hold a Health Fair where different topics will be addressed, such as suicide prevention, HIV prevention, and addiction.

More than 800,000 people each year worldwide commit suicide – around one person every 40 seconds – with many using poisoning, hanging or shooting to end their own lives, says the study released Thursday.

In its first global report on suicide prevention, the United Nations health agency said some 75 percent of suicides are among people from poor or middle-income countries and called for more to be done to reduce access to common means of suicide.

The report found that suicides take place all over the world and at almost any age. Globally, suicide rates are highest in people aged 70 and over, but in some countries, the highest rates are found among the young.

In the 15 to 29-year age group, suicide is the second leading cause of death globally.

The WHO’s director general Margaret Chan said the report was a ‘call for action to address a large public health problem which has been shrouded in taboo for far too long.’

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