Today (Thursday 10th September) marks World Suicide Prevention Day. Over the past few months we have lived through a period that is unprecedented and have witnessed the shear pressure that the NHS and our communities have been under, various sectors have been hit by closures of business and even now we don’t really understand how our economy might recover.
For many of us, we have felt what it is like to suffer anxiety and depression, not having been able to see friends or family, to be informed that the government has applied new restrictions again. For many of us, we have experienced varying Mental Health conditions for some time before the pandemic and this has exasperated these feelings even more.
In this modern day society we can be fortunate to experience the love and support from our friends and family in times of need, to seek help and support from various organisations. Suicide does not have to be the answer.
Suicide is amongst the top 20 leading causes of death globally for people of all ages. Suicide is responsible for over 800,000 deaths which equates to 1 every 40 seconds. Every life lost represents someone’s partner, child, parent, friend or colleague and leaves an intense grief. It takes great courage to identify that there is a problem, to reach out and talk to someone.
What can I do to help? Preventing suicide requires the efforts of many, not just the few. It takes family, friends, co-workers, community members and educators to all join together to raise awareness and be the support for those that are in distress.
You can find more information on suicide prevention by watching the video above or visiting https://www.iasp.info/ or to seek further education of the topic, visit Zero Suicide Alliance https://www.zerosuicidealliance.com/training