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World Suicide Prevention Day 2021

Friday 10 September is World Suicide Prevention Day and this year’s theme is ‘Creating Hope Through Action’ – a reminder that there is an alternative to suicide and that our actions, no matter how big or small, may provide hope to those who are struggling.

Many of us are affected by suicide or suicidal feelings throughout our lives. Even though mental health awareness has increased in recent years, talking about suicide is still widely stigmatised. Too many of us suffer in silence.

“I couldn’t see past the pain. It was a different reality for me. I only knew I wanted the pain to stop, the anguish to go away.”

We know that it can be scary talking to someone about their suicidal feelings, but it really can make a difference.

If you need to speak to someone urgently, you can contact the following:

  • CNWL NHS Single Point of Access (SPA) on 0800 0234 650 (24/7)
  • Samaritans on 116 123 (24hrs a day, 365 days a year)

If you are struggling with suicidal thoughts yourself, national charity, Mind, has some information you may find helpful, including how you can access treatment and support. And if you feel that your life is at risk, please seek urgent medical help now by calling 999 or going straight to A&E if you can. Mental health emergencies are serious. You’re not wasting anyone’s time.

Please take care of yourself.


If you feel you need additional support, our Talking Therapies service may be able to help. You can register for the service by completing this self-referral form.

Talking to people who have a shared experience and who understand what you’re going through can help you feel less isolated and boost your confidence. Find out more about our Peer Support service and how it can help you.

Author: Stewart Gillespie
Posted on: 8th September 2021

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