Thursday 10th September marks World Suicide Prevention Day.
This is an annual awareness day run by the International Association for Suicide Prevention (IASP) with the intention of providing the opportunity for people, across the globe, to raise awareness of suicide and suicide prevention.
Suicide is the biggest killer of young people. In 2018, 759 young people took their own life in the UK and Republic of Ireland. Every single one of these deaths is a tragedy that devastates families, friends and communities. (Samaritans) This is why so many people want to prevent suicide and raise awareness about suicidal thoughts along with mental health.
There are a number of different ways you can get involved with World Suicide Prevention Day (WSPD) from donating to suicide prevention charities, taking part in sponsored events or sharing information about suicide prevention on social media are just a few ideas. Most importantly though, WSPD is about taking the time to talk to those around you about suicide. Checking-in with how people are feeling and opening up the conversation about suicide could be all the help someone who is having suicidal thoughts needs to seek further help and support. Remember that you don’t have to have all the answers or to try and fix a situation but listening to people in their time of need and possibly pointing them in the direction of more support often makes a world of difference.
Remember if you are having suicidal thoughts you need to find someone to talk to who can help you. Whether that is an adult you trust, your GP, a counsellor or someone on a helpline.