Today is World Suicide Prevention Day (WSPD). Observed on September 10th, every year, WSPD provides the opportunity for people, across the globe, to raise awareness of suicide and suicide prevention. To mark the day our Mental Health Team have written this guide.
Spotting the signs
As the sultry summer heat lingers, there is still time to enjoy the summer weather. But we are not here to talk about the weather…instead, we are going to address a subject that is never very easy to talk about…suicide.
According to the Samaritans, there were 6,507 suicides in the UK during 2018, with the highest suicide rate in the UK is among men aged 45 – 49. Sadly, there has been a significant increase in suicide in the UK, which appears to stem from the increase in the male suicide rate.
With those shocking statistics, we want to ensure carers know that we are available to talk on our Response Line to offer support to carers that may help avoid carer breakdown, which can lead to some experiencing thoughts about ending their own life. You can also contact us to discuss the signs for spotting someone at risk of suicide. To increase your awareness of the signs,we have listed some here:
Social withdrawal, a persistent drop in mood, disinterest in maintaining personal hygiene or appearance, uncharacteristically reckless behaviour, poor diet changes, rapid weight changes, being distracted, anger, insomnia, alcohol or drug abuse, giving away sentimental or expensive possessions.
Indirect verbal expressions
Hopelessness, failing to see a future, believing they are a burden to others, saying they feel worthless or alone talking about their death or wanting to die.
This is not an exhaustive list. Be guided by your instincts.
For further reading, you might find the following helpful:
If a person you care for or you are experiencing suicidal thoughts and need support, you can:
- Call your GP and ask for an emergency appointment
- Call NHS 111 (England) or NHS Direct (Wales) for out-of-hours help
- Phone a free helpline such as:
- Samaritans offer a 24-hours a day, 7 days a week support service. Call them FREE on 116 123. You can also email firstname.lastname@example.org
- CALM (Campaign Against Living Miserably) have a helpline (5pm – midnight) and webchat to support men
- National Suicide Prevention Alliance – find local contact number
- Papyrus is a dedicated service for young people up to the age of 35 who are worried about how they are feeling or anyone concerned about a young person. You can call the HOPElineUK number on 0800 068 4141, you can text 07786 209697 or email email@example.com
- Grassroutes Preventing Suicide Together have a very helpful easy to download up #StayAlive