10th September 2020
World Suicide Prevention Day is an awareness day, dedicated to raising awareness for suicide. Organisations across the globe use this day to teach people about suicide, in the hope to prevent it. Approximately 800,000 people die from suicide across the world. This figure is astonishingly high. The aim of this special day is to help individuals who may be going through or having suicidal thoughts. Here is a factsheet to help you, or somebody you know, who is having suicidal thoughts:
Talk to somebody about it, anybody
Don’t think you are alone
Do not suffer in silence
How to support friends and family, and help others
Make sure they know you are here for them
Ask them how they are feeling
Don’t criticise or blame them
Encourage them to seek professional help
Talking about hurting themselves
Not wanting to do things they would usual enjoy
Talking about feeling trapped, or full of pain
Increased use of drugs or alcohol
Talking about suicide can be a scary subject. However, the more people are willing to talk with a friend or family member about suicidal thoughts, the more likely they can help someone take positive steps.
YOU ARE NOT ALONE! Talk to someone
Written by our volunteer.
If you or anyone you know needs support then call 01260 29000 to speak to a Visyon worker or call 01244 397644 for CAHMS Out of Hours services.