World Suicide Prevention Day

World Suicide Prevention Day is an awareness day on 10 September every year, in order to provide worldwide commitment and action to prevent suicides, with various activities around the world since 2003. More than 6,800 people died by suicide and every life lost to suicide is a tragedy.

Suicidal thoughts, much like mental health conditions, can affect anyone regardless of age, gender or background. In fact, suicide is often the result of an untreated mental health condition. Suicidal thoughts, although common, should not be considered normal and often indicate more serious issues.

This is a time to raise awareness on this stigmatised, and often taboo, topic. In addition to shifting public perception, this month to spread hope and vital information to people affected by suicide. The goal is to ensure that individuals, friends and families have access to the resources they need to discuss suicide prevention and to seek help.

What to do if you are feeling suicidal

  • Talk to someone you trust

  • Try not to think about the future - just focus on getting through the day

  • Stay away from alcohol and drugs

  • Go to a safe place like a friends house

  • Be around other people

  • Do something you usually enjoy, spending time with a pet or a friend

What to do if you come across someone feeling suicidal

  • Be there for them and listen

  • Ask direct questions about feeling suicidal

    • Do you feel life is not worth living?

    • Do you feel like ending your life?

    • Do you ever feel so bad that you think of suicide?

  • Don’t worry about having all the answers. Just listening to something someone has to say can be a huge help.

If you, or someone you know, is in immediate danger - please call 999. If you are in need of immediate mental health support, call the 24-hour mental health number on 0800 448 0828.

If you, or anyone you know are having suicidal thoughts, there are plenty of places you can get support. Click the link below where there’s all the information you need.

World Suicide Prevention Day