What is world suicide prevention day?

World Suicide Prevention Day is an annual awareness day that takes place on September 10th of each year. The day was designated by the International Association for Suicide Prevention (IASP) in 2003, and is intended to raise awareness about the seriousness of suicide and way we can prevent it.

Why is suicide prevention day important?

The devastating effects of suicide extend far beyond the individual who takes their own life. Suicide has a ripple effect, causing pain and suffering among family and friends who are left behind.

World Suicide Prevention Day is a reminder that suicide is a global issue, and that we all have a role to play in preventing it. It is a day to break the silence and to start talking about suicide, to learn more about the warning signs, and to raise awareness of the resources that are available to those in need.

World Suicide Prevention Day is also an important opportunity to recognise the hard work of those who are actively involved in suicide prevention. This includes mental health professionals, support workers, volunteers, educators, and those who have bravely shared their personal stories of resilience and hope.

At its core, World Suicide Prevention Day is about saving lives. It is about acknowledging the power of human connection and understanding, and the importance of reaching out and offering help to those who are struggling. It is about spreading the message that suicide is preventable, and that hope and healing are always possible.

Supporting someone with suicidal thoughts

Suicide is a serious issue that affects people of all ages and backgrounds. It can be difficult to know how to talk to someone who is struggling with suicidal thoughts, but it is important to talk about it and provide support.

When someone is thinking about suicide, they may feel overwhelmed and alone. It’s really important to listen to them without judgment and let them know that you care. Avoid trying to talk them out of their thoughts or make light of their situation. Instead, focus on understanding their feelings and showing them that you are available to help.

Encourage the person to take care of themselves and practice self-care. This could include getting enough sleep, eating healthy, and engaging in activities that bring them joy.

Supporting someone with suicidal thoughts can be difficult, but it is important to be there for them and offer help and understanding. It is important to remember that no one should have to go through this alone.

Letting the person know that they are not alone can be very comforting and reassuring, it’s important to be understanding and remind them that suicide is not the only option. Offer to help them find a mental health professional who can provide them with additional support and guidance.

Creating a safe environment

It is also important to create an environment of safety for the person. This could include removing any objects that could be used to harm themselves, such as weapons, alcohol or drugs. If they are in immediate danger, call 999 or take them to the nearest hospital.

Creating a support network

Reaching out to family and friends can also be very helpful. Letting their loved ones know what is going on can help them feel more connected to a support system and provide additional help and resources.

Where to get help

  • Samaritans – Call 116 123
  • If you’re in the UK and the person your with is unwell or hurt but is in a way that is not life-threatening you can call 111 (NHS)
  • Alcoholics Anonymous For anyone with a desire to stop their own drink problem. National free helpline call 0800 9177650 or email help@aamail.org
  • Al-Anon Family Groups UK & Eire is for anyone whose life is or has been affected by someone else’s drinking. Helpline (UK) 0800 0086 811, (Eire) 01 873 2699
  • Narcotics Anonymous If you have a problem with drugs, NA is a place to help you get clean and stay clean. Helpline: 10.00am – midnight 0300 999 1212
  • Gamblers Anonymous Gamblers Anonymous is a fellowship of men and women who share their experience, strength and hope with each other so that they may solve their common problem and help others do the same. Information line 0330 094 0322
  • Speak to a GP
  1. Find a GP in England
  2. Find a GP in Scotland
  3. Find a GP in Wales
  4. Find a GP in Northern Ireland
  5. Find a GP in the Republic of Ireland

If you’re using alcohol or drugs and it’s negatively impacting your life, it’s time to reach out for help. Whether it’s a trusted family member, friend, or health professional, talking to someone can be the first step to overcoming your addiction. If you’d like a free and confidential discussion with an expert treatment advisor at Steps Together please call 0330 175 7031 today, or visit www.stepstogether.co.uk , www.rainfordhall.com for further information.