Tuesday 10 September 2019
Every year suicide is amongst the top 20 leading causes of death, globally, for people of all ages. This in seconds is one completed suicide every 40 seconds.
Each suicide equates to approximately 135 affected, which amounts to 108 million people per year.
And for every completed suicide, approximately 25 people make an attempt or have serious thoughts about suicide.
So why? Well, suicide can affect us all. It is misunderstood, and in order for the world to be a safer and more supportive place we need to pull together to understand how to spot the signs of suicide and how to help those feeling this way.
Help for coping right now:
Try focusing on today, the next half hour
Stay away from drugs and alcohol
Get yourself to a safe place
Be around others
Do something you enjoy
Worried about someone else?
If you are concerned about someone else, try and open up a conversation with them. Don’t be shy about discussing suicide, being open about it removes the taboo associated with it
Listen to them. Don’t push your opinions onto them
Make sure they know you care, that they aren’t alone
Offer reassurance that they won’t feel this way forever
Offer resources for professional help
Offer support in accessing professional help
This world suicide prevention day is about encouraging the global community to engage with each other and to join together to spread awareness of suicide prevention.
If you are feeling suicidal and are feeling unsafe, call a helpline:
116 123 (24/7)
Campaign Against Living Miserably (CALM – for men)
5pm to midnight every day – 0800 58 58 58
Papyrus – under 35’s
M-F 10am-10pm, S-S 2pm-10pm – 0800 068 41 41
Childline – under 19’s
0800 1111 (this number won’t show on your phone bill)
If you are feeling that your life is in danger or if you have seriously harmed yourself call 999 for an ambulance or go to A&E.
Suicide is something we must talk about more openly, freely, and without fear.