World Suicide Prevention Day - 10th September 2020

What is World Suicide Prevention Day?

Thursday the 10th September 2020 is world Suicide Prevention Day. 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 represents someone’s partner, child, parent, friend or colleague. 

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. Each year has a different theme and focus, to bring to light a specific aspect of suicide prevention. This year, the theme for World Suicide Prevention day is 'Working Together to Prevent Suicide.'

Preventing suicide is often possible and you can help!

There are many things that you can do daily, and also on World Suicide Prevention Day (WSPD), to prevent suicidal behaviour. You can raise awareness about the issue, educate yourself and others about the causes of suicide and warning signs for suicide, show compassion and care for those who are in distress in your community, question the stigma associated with suicide, suicidal behaviour and mental health problems and share your own experiences. For more information about World Suicide Prevention Day, please click here

Research has suggested that having open and honest conversations about mental ill-health is a step in the right direction towards suicide prevention as it opens up conversations and has the ability to increase awareness and understanding. Talking about mental health is a reminder that there is support available and that no one has to feel alone. 

If you are feeling suicidal or know someone who is, please contact 999 immediately, go straight to A&E or call the Samaritans on 0330 094 5717.

Useful links

Please find some useful information below where mental health support can be provided within Buckinghamshire:

Healthy Minds 

Buckinghamshire Mind


NHS Support 

If you would like some more information surrounding suicide prevention, you can find some useful links below:

World Health Organisation 

National Institute for Mental Health 

Mental Health Foundation

World Suicide Prevention Day - 10th September 2020