Every year on the 10 September, the International Association for Suicide Prevention (IASP) marks a special day to help provide the opportunity for people across the globe to raise awareness of suicide and suicide prevention.
Over 800,000 people die by suicide annually, representing 1 person every 40 seconds and it is also the leading cause of death in people aged 15-24 in many European countries.
Please help us to tackle this and direct people to the support that they need. The NHS has a dedicated information page aimed at people with suicidal thoughts and includes key numbers to contact for more support.
Remember also our local mental health services:
- City and Hackney: Talk Changes (020 7683 4278 or visit talkchanges.org.uk)
- Newham: Talking Therapies (020 8475 8080 or visit newhamtalkingtherapies.nhs.uk)
- Tower Hamlets: Talking Therapies (020 8475 8080 or visit https://towerhamletstalkingtherapies.nhs.uk/); Tower Hamlets Connecting Communities service (MITHN - navigation, support, welfare advice and day activities: visit https://www.mithn.org.uk/);
- Barking and Dagenham, Havering, Redbridge, Waltham Forest: Talking Therapies (call 0300 300 1554 or visit https://www.talkingtherapies.nelft.nhs.uk/); Mental Health Direct (0300 555 1000)
If anyone has been impacted by suicide, The Support After Suicide Partnership brings together suicide bereavement organisations and people with lived experience, to give practical and emotional support.
Here are some other things you can do to help:
- Support suicide prevention 365 days a year by becoming a Facebook Fan of the IASP
- Follow the IASP on Twitter www.twitter.com/IASPinfo, tweeting #WSPD or #suicide or #suicideprevention
- Light a candle, near a window, at 8pm in support of: World Suicide Prevention Day, suicide prevention and awareness, survivors of suicide and for the memory of loved lost ones. Find “Light a Candle Near a Window at 8 PM” postcards in various languages
- Participate in the World Suicide Prevention Day – Cycle Around the Globe
World Suicide Prevention Day conference
On 10 September, 3pm-4.15pm, South London and Maudsley NHS Foundation Trust, along with Thrive LDN and the National Confidential Inquiry into Suicide and Safety in Mental Health (NCISH) at the University of Manchester, will host a webinar to discuss suicide prevention during COVID-19, making London a zero-suicide city and to remember those lost to suicide, both personally and professionally. Register here.