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08 September 2017

World Suicide Prevention Day

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We supported World Suicide Prevention Day, which took place on Sunday 10 September.

World Suicide Prevention Day is held each year on 10 September. It's an annual awareness raising event organised by International Association for Suicide Prevention (IASP) and the World Health Organisation (WHO).

This year's theme was about connecting with others and letting people know that #ITSOKAYTOTALK.

The following information is from our partners the Samaritans, a great resource for people who need help, advice and support. 

Why is this day important?
More than 800,000 people take their lives each year across the world. In the UK and ROI, more than 6,000 people die by suicide a year - an average of 18 a day.
Reaching out to people who are going through a difficult time can be a game changer. People who are feeling low or suicidal often feel worthless and think that no-one cares. Small things like hearing from friends or family, feeling listened to or just being told that 'it's ok to talk' can make a huge difference.

What you can do
Start a conversation today if you think a friend, colleague or family member may be struggling. You can also join in on Twitter to spread the word.

How can people reach out?
It can be daunting to approach someone who is struggling to cope; you may not know what to say, how to start a difficult conversation or worry that you'll make things worse. However, you don't need to be an expert. Often, just asking if someone's OK and letting them know you're listening can give people the confidence to open up about how they're feeling.

Other sources of information
Samaritans is here round the clock every single day for the year for anyone struggling to cope. If you're worried about someone, or would like emotional support yourself, please get in touch.
• Other sources of help
• Worried about someone?
• How to start a difficult conversation
• Having a conversation in person
• Supporting someone online

Last updated: 11 September 2017 | Last reviewed: 11 September 2017

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