World Suicide Prevention Day – Thursday 10th September 2020

Tomorrow is World Suicide Prevention Day. Observed on 10th September every year, the awareness day aims to provide worldwide commitment and action to raise awareness of suicide and suicide prevention. The campaign is run by The International Association for Suicide Prevention (IASP).

Suicide prevention remains a universal challenge, here are some facts and figures:

  • Every year, suicide is among the top 20 leading causes of death globally for people of all ages.
  • It is responsible for over 800,000 deaths, which equates to one suicide every 40 seconds.
  • Every life lost represents someone’s partner, child, parent, friend or colleague. For each suicide approximately 135 people suffer intense grief or are otherwise affected.  This amounts to 108 million people per year who are profoundly impacted by suicidal behaviour.
  • Suicidal behaviour includes suicide, and also encompasses suicidal ideation and suicide attempts. For every suicide, 25 people make a suicide attempt and many more have serious thoughts of suicide.

IASP believe that preventing suicide is often possible and that everyone is a key player in its prevention!  You can make a difference – Here are just some of the ways, you can get help to prevent suicidal behaviour tomorrow and every day:

  • You can raise awareness about the issue – Educate yourself and others about the causes of suicide and warning signs for suicide
  • Show compassion and care for those who are in distress in your community, question the stigma associated with suicide, suicidal behaviour and mental health problems and share your own experiences.
  • Light a candle near a window at 8pm tomorrow to show your support for suicide prevention, to remember a lost loved one, and for the survivors of suicide.

Many organisations can support with suicide prevention. A few are detailed here:

  • Campaign Against Living Miserably (CALM) This resource specifically for men aims to tackle male suicide, the single biggest killer of men under 45 in the UK. Visit the website or call the helpline on 0800 58 58 58.
  • NHS Help for suicidal thoughts
  • Papyrus For children and young people under the age of 35 who are experiencing thoughts of suicide. Also for anyone concerned that a young person could be thinking about suicide. Call 0800 068 41 41, text 07786 209 697 or email pat@papyrus-uk.org
  • Samaritans For anyone with suicidal thoughts or those concerned with suicide. Visit the website or call the helpline on 116 123 or email jo@samaritans.org
  • The Silver Line Call them on 0800 4 70 80 90. It’s a confidential, free helpline for older people across the UK.