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World Suicide Prevention Day 2019

World Suicide Prevention Day 2019

Today marks World Suicide Prevention Day. Every year suicide is among the top 20 leading causes of death globally for people of all ages.  It is responsible for over 800,000 deaths, which equates to one suicide every 40 seconds.

On World Suicide Prevention Day, the World Health Organisation are launching a “40 seconds of action” campaign to tie in with World Mental Health Day on 10th October. 

The theme for this year’s World Mental Health Day is suicide prevention, and how to raise awareness of the scale of suicide around the world and the role that each of us can play to help prevent it. 

You can make a real difference to help suicide prevention- you can raise awareness about the issue, educate yourself and others about the causes of suicide and the warning signs. In line with the “40 seconds of action” campaign, you can help make a difference by taking just 40 seconds to start a conversation with someone you know who has lost a loved one to suicide. 

It also takes 40 seconds to kickstart a conversation with someone if you’re feeling suicidal or struggling to cope. 

https://www.who.int/docs/default-source/mental-health/suicide/flyer-40seconds-web.pdf?sfvrsn=5ba643c_2

Every life lost represents someone’s partner, child, parent, friend or colleague.  For each suicide, approximately 135 people suffer intense grief or are otherwise affected. This amounts to 108 million people per year who are profoundly impacted by suicidal behaviour. 

Suicidal behaviour includes suicide, suicidal ideas and suicide attempts. For every suicide, 
25 people make a suicide attempt and many more have serious thoughts of suicide.

Issues of Mental Health, suicidal thoughts and suicide attempts do not discriminate- they can affect anyone, at any time. Tomorrow evening the BBC will be showing a documentary featuring Jesy Nelson from Little Mix talking about the impact that online bullying had on her and her suicide attempt. 

You can find out more here:

https://www.bbc.co.uk/bbcthree/article/919c481a-882c-44d7-826f-5e6a2553754

Last week The Office for National Statistics released its annual figures for the rate of suicide across 
Britain. In 2018 a total of 6,507 suicides were registered by coroners in the UK. It was the highest level for 15 years and an 11.8% increase on the previous year. Statistics show that the general rise was in men who took their lives at a rate of 17.2 per 100,000. The 2017 figure was 15.5, the lowest since 1981.

Today marks World Suicide Prevention Day. Every year suicide is among the top 20 leading causes of death globally for people of all ages.  It is responsible for over 800,000 deaths, which equates to one suicide every 40 seconds.

On World Suicide Prevention Day, the World Health Organisation are launching a “40 seconds of action” campaign to tie in with World Mental Health Day on 10th October. 

The theme for this year’s World Mental Health Day is suicide prevention, and how to raise awareness of the scale of suicide around the world and the role that each of us can play to help prevent it. 

You can make a real difference to help suicide prevention- you can raise awareness about the issue, educate yourself and others about the causes of suicide and the warning signs. In line with the “40 seconds of action” campaign, you can help make a difference by taking just 40 seconds to start a conversation with someone you know who has lost a loved one to suicide. 

It also takes 40 seconds to kickstart a conversation with someone if you’re feeling suicidal or struggling to cope. 

https://www.who.int/docs/default-source/mental-health/suicide/flyer-40seconds-web.pdf?sfvrsn=5ba643c_2

Every life lost represents someone’s partner, child, parent, friend or colleague.  For each suicide, approximately 135 people suffer intense grief or are otherwise affected. This amounts to 108 million people per year who are profoundly impacted by suicidal behaviour. 

Suicidal behaviour includes suicide, suicidal ideas and suicide attempts. For every suicide, 
25 people make a suicide attempt and many more have serious thoughts of suicide.

Issues of Mental Health, suicidal thoughts and suicide attempts do not discriminate- they can affect anyone, at any time. Tomorrow evening the BBC will be showing a documentary featuring Jesy Nelson from Little Mix talking about the impact that online bullying had on her and her suicide attempt. 

You can find out more here:

https://www.bbc.co.uk/bbcthree/article/919c481a-882c-44d7-826f-5e6a2553754

Last week The Office for National Statistics released its annual figures for the rate of suicide across 
Britain. In 2018 a total of 6,507 suicides were registered by coroners in the UK. It was the highest level for 15 years and an 11.8% increase on the previous year. Statistics show that the general rise was in men who took their lives at a rate of 17.2 per 100,000. The 2017 figure was 15.5, the lowest since 1981.

It is concerning that this figure has risen within a year- it is important for men to feel comfortable 
enough to speak up about how they’re feeling- help and support is always there, and just taking 
40 seconds to speak up can really make a difference.

Regardless of gender, if you are struggling or if you know of someone who is struggling/displaying signs of any mental health issues, please speak up. The following links offer much needed help and advice. 

https://www.samaritans.org/support-us/campaign/world-suicide-prevention-day/

https://www.mind.org.uk/