World Suicide Prevention Day - #ITSOKAYTOTALK

World Suicide Prevention Day

This Sunday (10th September), is World Suicide Prevention Day - a day of raising awareness and reaching out to people who may be struggling in their lives. 

This year's theme is about connecting with others and letting people know that #ITSOKAYTOTALK.

In the UK each year, more than 6,000 commit suicide and die - an average of 18 a day.

People who are feeling low or suicidal often feel worthless and think no-one cares. Small things, like hearing from friends or family, feeling listened to or just being told it's okay to talk can make a huge difference.

So, what can I do?

Start a conversation today if you think a friend, colleague or family member may be struggling.

Know that when a person reaches a point where they are focused on taking their life, they’ve lost sight of trying to find a way through their problems. This usually only lasts a short while and sometimes just saying, ‘it’s okay to talk’ can be enough to move someone out of suicidal crisis.

It is hard to approach someone who is struggling to cope but you don’t need to be an expert. Just ask if they are okay and let them know you're listening.  This can give people the confidence to open up about how they're feeling.

The Staff Wellbeing Hub has produced this leaflet for anyone who is struggling with suicidal thoughts. It may also help to read it if you are worried about a friend, family member or colleague.

If you are struggling with suicidal thoughts, charity The Samaritans are available 24/7 on 116 123. Alternatively, you can call the Staff Wellbeing Hub on 01234 243060.

Published 8th September 2017

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