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World Suicide Prevention Day

On 10 September World Suicide Prevention Day has been organized by the International Association for Suicide Prevention (IASP) in collaboration with the World Health Organization. The purpose of this day is to create awareness among the people around the world that suicide can be prevented.

In recent years, the incidence of suicide in Kurdistan has been increased especially among females and young Yazidi people who are living in the IDPs camps to a level that it cannot be ignored. Consequently, particular attention was given to this phenomena by a humanitarian and feminist organizations in Kurdistan.

The invasion of the Islamic State and their violent behavior towards Yazidi people in 2014 led to the displacement nearly an entire community. And over the past few years, several cases of Yazidis young male and female were reported to have committed suicide. However, the main reason behind the topic of on going act of suicide among the people of the region are; the instability of the economy, unemployment rate increased with the spread of covid19,increase in violence against women and children, and regarding the Yazidi’s young people, they lost hope that their life one day may return as it is before.

Suicides could be stop through a mechanism of raising community’s awareness as community play a critical role in suicide prevention by providing social support to vulnerable individuals, fight stigma and support those bereaved by suicide.

On the occasion of this day Emma is demanding urgent attention from the responsible authorities and organizations concerned in the region, at the same time it calls for an increase in both international and national investment in mental healthcare across the region.

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