‘Connect, communicate and care’ for World Suicide Prevention Day

World Suicide Prevention Day 2016

World Suicide Prevention Day (WSPD) on 10th September is an initiative of the International Association for Suicide Prevention (IASP) and the World Health Organistion (WHO). 

It serves as a call to action to individuals and organisations to prevent suicide and this year, the theme encourages us all to consider the role that offering support may play in combatting suicide.

The WHO estimates that more than 800,000 people die by suicide each year - and in addition to that up to 25 times as many people make a suicide attempt.

As a staff member or volunteer for the emergency services, suicidal feelings may have affected you directly or indirectly in different ways; you may also have experienced someone taking their own life through the job that you do, and perhaps had to support their friends and family.

There are lots of simple ways you can get involved with activities for World Suicide Prevention Day; help can be found at https://www.iasp.info/wspd/index.php

If you need to talk to anyone about suicide, or any other wellbeing issue, for whatever reason, you can contact our wellbeing hub confidentially at 01234 243092 or wellbeing@eastamb.nhs.uk.

Published 7th September, 2016

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