World Suicide Prevention Day is held on the 10th September each year.
World Suicide Prevention Day was first launched in 2003 by the International Association for Suicide Prevention with the endorsement of the World Health Organisation (WHO)
The 10th September has been designated as a way of focusing attention on the problems of suicide worldwide.
Suicide prevention requires - community, understanding, awareness and ACTION
Action you can take now?
Every 40 seconds a person dies of suicide (WHO)
So we've put together some quick actions you can take right now, in around 40 seconds, to help us prevent suicide:
Empowering Conversations and reducing stigma
The main aim of the OK2ASK campaign is to encourage everyone in St Helens to NOT be afraid to talk about suicide - in order to help save the lives of those who might be.
We understand that it may feel like there is no easy way to ask someone, "are you feeling suicidal?" But it's actually the most important question you can ask someone who is feeling that way. Here's how to ask the question
Be empowered to act - free training opportunities
There are a number of free training options available to help anyone learn how to spot the signs, learn techniques to reach out to someone your worried about and to help feel prepared to have a life-saving conversation.
It's OK2ASK for help:
If you're feeling suicidal, it's important to remember that thoughts of suicide are just thoughts - you don't have to act on them.
1 in 5 people have experienced suicidal thoughts - know that you are not alone, and it's OK to talk about them. You don't have to struggle with difficult feelings alone.
There's no right or wrong way to talk about suicidal feelings - starting the conversation is what's important> http://www.oktoaskcampaign.co.uk/who-can-i-contact-for-help/
Mental Health support?
Offload Sessions every Tuesday 6:30pm until 15th September
For more information about World Suicide Prevention Day, visit: https://www.iasp.info/wspd2020/