This Sunday 10th September is World Suicide Prevention Day, which is a day held each year on the 10th of September to raise awareness about suicide and is organised by International Association for Suicide Prevention (IASP) and the World Health Organisation (WHO).
This year's theme is about connecting with others and letting everyone know that #ITSOKAYTOTALK
Why do people commit suicide and what are the warning signs?
Suicide can be a very complex issue. Often people commit, or attempt, suicide because they don't see any other way to deal with what they are experiencing. Potential factors that increase a person's risk of suicide include a history of suicide attempts either personally or in their close family, depression, and/or a negative change in life circumstances such as the loss of a relationship or physical illness/disability,
People at risk of suicide can:
Appear more tearful
Find it hard to cope with everyday things
Use alcohol or drugs to cope with their feelings
Stop taking care of themselves
How can I help someone who is feeling suicidal?
If you know someone who you think may be suicidal, or have told you that they are having suicidal feelings, it should always be taken seriously. It can be distressing to know that someone close to you is at risk of suicide, but you don't need to feel as though you need to be the solutions to their problems. However, you can be someone they can talk to and be open with and you can provide helpful resources. Please see this guide from Samaritans on what steps to take. We also recommend taking a look at The Art of Conversion (a guide to talking, listening and reducing stigma surrounding suicide) from ChooseLife
What to do if you are feeling suicidal
If you feel you are at risk of suicide, please know there are people out there who want to help you. Remember #ITSOKAYTOTALK
We recommend talking openly with someone you trust and contacting Samaritans or Breathing Space for help.