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world suicide prevention day

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:


Top tips

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

Warning sign

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.


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