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World Suicide Prevention Day 2022

Saturday 10 September is World Suicide Prevention Day and the current 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.

The International Association for Suicide Prevention has produced this video “to inspire confidence and light in us all to act, through reaching in to a person who may be struggling, by encouraging understanding within ourselves and our communities and by sharing our experiences to impart a message of hope.”

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.

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 need support with your mental health and mental wellbeing…

If you are struggling with constant feelings of anxiety, stress or low mood, 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 of mental health 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. You can also refer yourself to this service.

If a mental health problem is affecting your job or your ability to look for work, our Employment Support service can offer assistance. You can also refer yourself to this service.

There is also the Navigator service and Self-Care service. You can refer yourself to these as well.

Author: Stewart Gillespie
Posted on: 7th September 2022

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