September 10th, 2020 is World Suicide Prevention Day but why is the colour yellow so important today and why do people wear yellow ribbons?

Unlike physical illnesses, mental health issues can be almost completely invisible.

You never quite know what’s going on in a person’s head and someone who seems perfectly happy could be facing any number of challenges with their mental health.

That’s why raising awareness and promoting an open conversation about mental health and suicide is crucial to putting an end to one of the world’s biggest causes of death.

As such, events like World Suicide Prevention Day can be key but just how can you show your support and why is the colour yellow so important?

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World Suicide Prevention Day 2020

In order to shed some light on the issue of suicide, each year one day in September is marked out as World Suicide Prevention Day.

According to the World Health Organisation, almost 800,000 people die due to suicide every year while and Mental Health.org here in the UK states that 6,507 people died by suicide in 2018.

The idea behind World Suicide Prevention Day is to raise awareness of the issue and to promote a conversation about mental health and suicide so that people don’t feel alone in their most desperate circumstances.

Show your support

To show your support on World Suicide Prevention Day, people are encouraged to wear the colour yellow.

This can either be by wearing a yellow piece of clothing or by donning a yellow lapel ribbon, as pictured below.

On top of wearing yellow, one of the best ways of helping is by donating to any number of mental health charities including Mind and the Samaritans,

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Why the colour yellow?

The use of the colour yellow on World Suicide Prevention Day stems from the death of Mike Emme in September 1994.

According to Yellow Ribbon.org, Mike, who was just 17 years old, owned a 1968 Ford Mustang which he had restored himself and had painted bright yellow.

After news of Mike’s death spread throughout the community, his family and friends decided to use the colour yellow, the colour of his beloved Mustang, in order to pay tribute to him and it’s something that has remained present to this day.

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