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Suicide Awareness and Prevention

Carers experience many of the same risk factors for suicide as the general population for example; depression, lack of social support and dysfunctional coping strategies. However there are also risk unique to the caring role.

Even though suicide is a complex issue, we can find hope by looking out for those who may be experiencing suicidal thoughts and provide support and love. Whilst we are more comfortable and open discussing mental health in today’s society, it is still important reach out if you are struggling. Having positive conversations around mental health plays a vital part in suicide prevention.

Here is a helpful list the Samaritans have put together of signs to look out for:

  • Lacking energy or feeling tired
  • Feeling exhausted all the time
  • Experiencing ‘brain fog’, find it hard to think clearly
  • Finding it hard to concentrate
  • Feeling restless and agitated
  • Feeling tearful, wanting to cry all the time
  • Not wanting to talk to or be with people
  • Not wanting to do things you usually enjoy
  • Using alcohol or drugs to cope with feelings
  • Finding it hard to cope with everyday things and tasks
  • Experiencing ‘burn out’

If you have been affected by thoughts of suicide or have experienced the suicide attempts by the people you care for please come and start a conversation with us. We would like to welcome you to one of our four events –  chat with carers and our supportive team. Below are the links for two face to face events and two online events. We hope you can join us for one of the sessions.

To book the place please select the links below:

Horsham Library 13th March                

Worthing Quaker House 20th March 

Online event 14th March                           

Online event 21st March