11 Sep 2020
World Suicide Prevention Day takes place on 10th September 2020 every year. Organisations and communities around the world come together to raise awareness of how we can create a world where fewer people die by suicide. This year, the theme is Working Together to Prevent Suicide.
The World Health Organization estimates that over 800,000 people take their own life each year – that’s one person every 40 seconds. Every life lost to suicide is a tragedy and we know that suicide is preventable, it’s not inevitable.
In a recent survey by Healthwatch these are the three ways people thought services could change or help to reduce suicides:
Raising awareness - providing more information through public campaigns would help friends and family to recognise when someone is struggling and offer support.
Removing the stigma - changing the way that suicide is to remove the stigma and stop people, particularly men, having to cope with the issue alone.
Improving local services - helping people get the support they need through easier access to services, and GPs recognising underlying concerns when men are not open about their issues.
Are you struggling or do you know someone that needs help? These services are available to help:
Whatever you're going through, call The Samaritans free any time, from any phone, on 116 123
The North Central London Suicide Prevention and Bereavement Service
This provides confidential support via a helpline for local people aged 18+ who are experiencing suicidal feelings or thoughts, or who are affected in any way by suicide. The service has been set up to ensure people can access additional support during Covid-19. The support provided will include:
•confidential emotional support and information, including contact details for other organisations
•support and understanding during a crisis, including immediate help from relevant services, such as emergency services
•promotion of coping strategies and self-management
The service is delivered by experienced staff. For people whose first language is not English, the service uses Language Line with translators who speak more than 240 languages.
This helpline can provide support via:
•freephone calls: 08088 02 00 80 (free from landlines and mobile phones within UK)
•text messages: 07860 058 793 (charged at usual network rate and texts will be responded to during helpline opening hours)
•webchat: during service opening hours at www.rethink.org/ncl-suicide
•on Facebook search @NCLSuicidePreventionandBereavementService
Helpline opening hours: Monday, Wednesday, Friday 6pm-8pm and Sunday 6pm-9pm
Telephone: 0800 58 58 58 (nationwide), 0808 802 58 58 (London) Phoneline 5:00pm-3:00am, 365 days of year
CLASP (Counselling Life Advice Suicide Prevention) Charity
Telephone: 020 3600 3601 Email: firstname.lastname@example.org Website: www.claspcharity.com
Telephone: 0800 068 41 41 or text: 07786 209 697 Email: email@example.com
Opening times: Mon-Fri 10:00am to 10:00pm; Weekends 2:00pm to 10:00pm; Bank Holidays 2:00pm to 10:00pm
Telephone: 020 7263 7070 Email: firstname.lastname@example.org Website: www.maytree.org.uk