The prevention of suicide is acknowledged every year on the 10th September world-wide. The theme this year and for the next two years is "Working Together to Prevent Suicide". This bold statement highlights the key ingredient, "working together", essential for global prevention.
Suicide has and remains among the top 20 causes of deaths globally and according to the World Health Organisation, 800,000 take their own life each year which equates to 1 every 40 seconds. The 2017 Samaritans report states that in 2015 there were 6,639 suicides in the UK and Republic of Ireland alone. Within this group, the highest rate of suicides in men were those aged 40-44 in the UK and 25-34 in Ireland. Furthermore, male suicide was recorded as being higher than females in the UK and Republic of Ireland, however, the rate of female suicides recorded was the highest in a decade and had increased by 3.8% in the UK.
The prevention of this heart-breaking act is possible and you can help!! Here is a list of things we personally believe could save a life:
1. Raise awareness
2. Educate yourself and others e.g. the warning signs of someone experiencing suicidal thoughts
3. Care for those in distress
4. Question the stigma associated with suicide and its behaviour
5. Share your own experiences, create a personal touch
This can't be done alone though and requires MANY people, hence the theme of WSPD 2018. There are no boundaries to suicidal behaviour, it effects everyone.
You can take part in various ways, displayed on their website, however a simple one is the "Light a Candle Event". On the 10th September at 8pm, light a candle in your window, whether at home or work and show your support to everyone out there who has lost a loved one/friend or maybe for someone you have lost to this tragic act. Below is the official WSPD postcard to share around to your friends and family and encourage them to take part.