World Suicide Prevention Day 2021
World Suicide Prevention Day is an awareness day observed on 10 September every year.
On this day, 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’s theme is ‘Creating Hope Through Action’.
The International Association for Suicide Prevention says the theme aims to be ‘a reminder that there is an alternative to suicide and inspire confidence and light in all of us; that our actions, no matter how big or small, may provide hope to those who are struggling.’
The latest suicides statistics showed that in 2018, in the UK and Republic of Ireland, more than 6,800 people died by suicide. Every life lost to suicide is a tragedy and we know that suicide is preventable, it’s not inevitable.
In the UK, men are three times as likely to die by suicide than women.
While there has been a reduction in the number of people completing suicide over the last ten years, the numbers are still worryingly high.
World Suicide Prevention Day aims to start the conversation about suicide and to show that recovery is possible.
There are many things you can do to help prevent suicide. From watching free training videos to downloading apps, there are lots of tools to help you cope with suicidal feelings and help you support someone who wants to end their life.
3 things you can do to help prevent suicide:
- Take the free Suicide Prevention Training on the Zero Suicide Alliance Website. In under 30 minutes, you will gain the skills and confidence to help someone who may be considering suicide.
- The Samaritans have compiled a list of tips and resources to help you remain hopeful during a difficult time. Take a moment to read through them and share with people you think it may help.
- Download the Stay Alive app - a pocket suicide prevention resource for the UK, packed full of useful information to help you stay safe. You can use it if you are having thoughts of suicide or if you are concerned about someone else who may be considering suicide. It also includes a safety plan, customisable reasons for living, and a life box where you can store photos that are important to you.
Through action, you can make a difference to someone in their darkest moments and we can all play a role in supporting those experiencing a suicidal crisis or those bereaved by suiide.
If you need to reach out to someone for help:
- Text SHOUT to 85258 from anywhere in the UK, anytime. https://www.giveusashout.org/
- Call the Samaritans Helpline: 116 123 (free of charge from a landline or mobile)
- Call Calm 0800 585858 thecalmzone.net
- Call the NSFT First Response line on 0808 196 3494