What is World Suicide Prevention day?
World Suicide Prevention Day is held each year on 10 September. It’s an annual awareness raising event organised by International Association for Suicide Prevention (IASP) and the World Health Organisation (WHO).
This year’s theme is about connecting with others and letting people know that #ITSOKAYTOTALK.
Why is it important?
More than 800,000 people take their lives each year across the world. In the UK and ROI, more than 6,000 people die by suicide a year – an average of 18 a day.
Reaching out to people who are going through a difficult time can make a real difference. People who are feeling low or suicidal often feel worthless and think that no-one cares. Small things like hearing from friends or family, feeling listened to or just being told that ‘it’s ok to talk’ can make a huge difference.
If you are having suicidal thoughts
- You’re not alone
- It’s OK to talk
- Don’t be afraid to ask for help – from:
If someone expresses suicidal thoughts
- Be direct and talk openly about suicide
- Listen and allow the person to talk honestly about their feelings
- Don’t say things like ‘it’s not so bad’, ‘don’t be stupid’ or ‘think of your family’
- Be available, show support and let them know that you care
- Encourage and support them to seek help from: