WORLD Suicide Prevention Day aims to raise awareness and to provide action to prevent suicides around the world. This is how you can get help for yourself or someone you know.
World Suicide Prevention Day is marked on September 10, and is organised by the International Association for Suicide Prevention and the World Health Organisation.
Every year around 6,000 people take their own life by suicide across the UK and Ireland. That is an average of 18 suicides a day – which is why prevention is key.
Although suicide affects both genders, three-quarters of all suicides in 2016 in Britain were male.
In fact, suicide is the leading killer of men under 45 in the UK. And around the world over 800,000 people die due to suicide each year.
This is why reaching out to people who are going through a tough time can be vital.
Talking through your feelings can be vital when you are having suicidal thoughts. Here is some vital information on where to find help:
On the phone or online:
In England you can call NHS 111 if you are struggling.
In Wales you can contact NHS Direct 0845 46 47.
Alternatively you can call a specific helpline which can help you deal with your feelings.
Samaritans are available 24/7 every day of the year for those who are struggling.
The volunteers are trained to listen, and can be reached by telephone, email, or even in person.
Call 116 123 for confidential support, email email@example.com or visit www.samaritans.org for details.
Campaign Against Living Miserably (CALM):
Alternatively you can call the Campaign Against Living Miserably (CALM) helpline.
CALM are the leading movement against male suicide, and have a helpline for men who have “hit a wall for any reason”.
The helpline is open 5pm until midnight all year round.
Call 0800 58 58 58, or log on to their web chat which is open the same hours on www.thecalmzone.net
Prevention of young suicide UK | PAPYRUS:
Likewise, Papyrus is a national charity dedicated to the prevention of suicide in young people, specifically under 35.
Their helpline can be reached on 0800 068 41 41, and are open Monday to Friday 10am to 10pm, weekends 2pm to 10pm and bank holidays 2pm to 5pm.
You can also text 07786209697, or email firstname.lastname@example.org, or visit www.papyrus-uk.org for more details.
Childline is a free, confidential service specifically for anyone under 19.
You can contact them with whatever worry you have on 0800 1111, or visit www.childline.org.uk. They are available any time, day or night.
On the website there is also a 1-2-1 counsellor chat which can be used if you prefer.
The Silver Line:
The Silver Line is a helpline specifically for older people which provides “information, friendship and advice”.
The line is open 24 hours a day, every day of the year.
The number is 0800 470 80 90.
Mind provides support and advice for anyone experiencing a mental health problem.
You can call them Monday to Friday between 9am and 6pm on 0300 123 3393 or text them on 86436.
You can also check our their website www.mind.org.uk for more information.
Switchboard – LGBT+ Helpline:
The Switchboard LGBT+ helpline provides listening services, information and support for lesbian, gay, bisexual, trans communities, or someone who thinks they are non binary.
You can call them on 0300 330 0630 10am to 10pm every day, or email email@example.com.
You can visit the website www.switchboard.lgbt for more information.
Speaking to your own GP can be a good first step, if you prefer.
To do this you can ask for an emergency appointment, and they will listen to you.
There is also an out of hours service at your doctor’s surgery.
This can be accessed by calling NHS 111 first, which is available 24 hours a day.
Alternatively you could go to an A&E department to seek immediate help.