World Suicide Prevention Day takes place every year on 10th September. This is when organisations and communities around the world come together to raise awareness of how we can create a world where fewer people die by suicide.
Each year has a different theme and focus, to bring to light a specific aspect of suicide prevention. This year’s theme is ‘Creating Hope Through Action’ and is a reminder that there is an alternative to suicide and aims to inspire confidence and light in all of us; that our actions, no matter how big or small, may provide hope to those who are struggling.
Preventing suicide is often possible and you are a key player in its prevention. Through action, you can make a difference to someone in their darkest moments - as a member of society, as a child, as a parent, as a friend, as a colleague or as a neighbour. We can all play a role in supporting those experiencing a suicidal crisis or those bereaved by suicide.
The latest suicides statistics showed that in 2018, in the UK and Republic of Ireland, more than 6,800 people died by suicide. Read more facts and figures here.
Every life lost to suicide is a tragedy. Suicide is preventable, it’s not inevitable.
To find out how you can take part in World Suicide Prevention Day and help to raise awareness, select this link.
Whatever you're going through, if you need someone to talk to, phone the Samaritans, free at any time, from any phone, on 116 123.
Posted on Friday 10th September 2021