World Suicide Prevention Day

World Suicide Prevention Day is Tuesday 10th September 2019

According to data published by the Office for National Statistics on 3rd September 2019, in 2018 :-

  • There were 6,507 suicides registered in the UK. This is significantly higher than in 2017 and the first increase since 2015.
  • ¾ of the registered deaths by suicide were men. This has been the case since the mid-1990’s.
  • Despite low numbers overall, rates among under 25s have increased in recent years, particularly among 10-24 year old females.

There is no simple explanation for why someone chooses to die by suicide and it’s rarely due to one particular factor. Mental health problems are significant influences, as well as alcohol and substance misuse, the feelings of desperation, helplessness and the feelings of being without hope.

On this World Suicide Prevention Day, what can we do to play our part in reducing the lives lost to suicide?

  • People who have reached “rock bottom” can be highly skilled at hiding their feelings and thoughts. The best way to be sure is to ask directly. Contrary to popular belief, there is no evidence to suggest that direct questions encourage a person to carry out suicidal actions.
  • Be there for someone when they are feeling low. Be prepared to listen and understand how the person is feeling. Early intervention and support are critical to help someone feeling low from developing more serious thoughts of suicide
  • Encourage access to professional support as quickly as possible
  • Follow a Mental Health First Aid Course to explore the risk factors, signs and symptoms and initial steps to take when dealing with a person who may be feeling suicidal

Sources of Help:-

  • Samaritans : Tel 116 123 (24/7 free to call)
  • CALM : Tel 0800 585 858 (For men – free to call. 5pm – Midnight)
  • PAPYRUS : Tel 0800 968 4141 (Free to call. For young people. 9am-10pm Mon-Fri; 2pm-10pm w/ends)
  • NHS Non-Emergency : 111
  • Emergency : 999

Delegates attending a Youth Mental Health First Aid Course, with Head First Ltd, will look closely at the suicide continuum  and consider the signs and symptoms, risk factors, warning signs and recommended Mental Health First Aid approaches. In addition, the course manual (included for all delegates to take away after the course) contains many helpful resources, publications, organisations and self-help strategies to help a young person with suicidal feelings.

World Suicide Prevention Day 2019

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