Saturday 10th September is World Suicide Prevention Day, a day that aims to raise awareness about mental health and suicide prevention. This year’s theme is ‘Creating Hope Through Action'.

The theme of ‘Creating Hope Through Action’ serves as a call to action and reminder that there is an alternative to suicide and that through our actions, we can encourage hope and strengthen prevention through support that’s available.

Simple actions can help you be there for someone who is experiencing suicidal thoughts. You don’t have to be an expert, just being there to listen and showing you care can help them work through what’s going on. Let them know they’re not a burden and there’s always someone they can turn to – whether it’s a family member or friend, or a helpline.

You can read advice on how to start a conversation with someone you’re worried about, as well as how to use the right language when talking about suicide, on the Samaritans website here.

Support that’s available:

Call 116 123

Campaign Against Living Miserably (CALM)
Call 0800 58 58 58 – 5pm to midnight every day

Papyrus – prevention of young suicide HOPELINE247
Call 0800 068 41 41
Text 07860 039967

Call 0800 1111 – the number will not show up on your phone bill

SOS Silence of Suicide 
Call 0300 1020 505 – 4pm to midnight every day

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