World Suicide Prevention Day #WSPD

World Suicide Prevention Day #WSPD

Tuesday 10 September 2019


Every year suicide is amongst the top 20 leading causes of death, globally, for people of all ages. This in seconds is one completed suicide every 40 seconds.

Each suicide equates to approximately 135 affected, which amounts to 108 million people per year.

And for every completed suicide, approximately 25 people make an attempt or have serious thoughts about suicide.

So why? Well, suicide can affect us all. It is misunderstood, and in order for the world to be a safer and more supportive place we need to pull together to understand how to spot the signs of suicide and how to help those feeling this way.


Help for coping right now:

  • Try focusing on today, the next half hour

  • Stay away from drugs and alcohol

  • Get yourself to a safe place

  • Be around others

  • Do something you enjoy

Worried about someone else?

  • If you are concerned about someone else, try and open up a conversation with them. Don’t be shy about discussing suicide, being open about it removes the taboo associated with it

  • Listen to them. Don’t push your opinions onto them

  • Make sure they know you care, that they aren’t alone

  • Offer reassurance that they won’t feel this way forever

  • Offer resources for professional help

  • Offer support in accessing professional help

This world suicide prevention day is about encouraging the global community to engage with each other and to join together to spread awareness of suicide prevention.

If you are feeling suicidal and are feeling unsafe, call a helpline:

  • Samaritans
    116 123 (24/7)

  • Campaign Against Living Miserably (CALM – for men)
    5pm to midnight every day – 0800 58 58 58

  • Papyrus – under 35’s 
    M-F 10am-10pm, S-S 2pm-10pm – 0800 068 41 41

  • Childline – under 19’s
    0800 1111 (this number won’t show on your phone bill)

If you are feeling that your life is in danger or if you have seriously harmed yourself call 999 for an ambulance or go to A&E.

Suicide is something we must talk about more openly, freely, and without fear. 

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