World Suicide Prevention DayWorld Suicide Prevention Day is held on the 10 September each year.
It is estimated that over 800,000 people worldwide take their life each year and up to 25 times as many make a suicide attempt. In the UK 18 people die from suicide each day.
Reaching out to someone going through a difficult time can be make a huge difference. Often people who are feeling suicidal think they have nobody to talk to or feel shame about suicidal thoughts. Sometimes they don’t have the words to explain how they are feeling or think that people wouldn’t care.
Elizabeth Moody, director of nursing said, “Suicide is something that often remains undiscussed but is something that will touch many of our lives. It is the leading cause of death in men aged under 50 and is more common in areas of socio-economic deprivation, like in the North East. Taking a minute to reach out to someone could change the course of another’s life. Small things like hearing from friends or family, feeling listened to or just being told that 'it's ok to talk' can make a huge difference.”
This World Suicide Prevention Day we encourage you to become more suicide aware and ask that you spare twenty minutes to take free online training from the Zero Suicide Alliance. The training aims to dispel myths around suicide, provide factual information and supports people to seek or provide help and support.
Advice on how to approach difficult conversations is also available from the Samaritans.
You can find out more about World Suicide Prevention Day on the International Association for Suicide Prevention website or you can follow #WSPD2018 on Twitter.
If you are experiencing suicidal feelings we would encourage you to talk to someone; a family member, a friend or a colleague.
Your GP will be able to help and can refer you to appropriate services for support. We also have a range of talking therapy services available that accept self referalls.
If you or someone you know is at immediate risk of harm, advice on what to do in a crisis is available on our website.
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