What is World Suicide Prevention Day?
World Suicide Prevention Day (WSPD) is an annual awareness raising event organised by the International Association for Suicide Prevention (IASP) and the World Health Organisation (WHO)
Since 2003 WSPD has taken place on the 10th September each year and is designed not only to raise awareness but to encourage us all to consider the role that offering support may play in preventing suicide.
This year’s theme is ‘Take a minute, change a life.’
Why is this important?
800,000 approximately die from suicide globally each year, that’s one person every 40 seconds*
Behind the statistics are the real stories of those individuals who have, for many different reasons, questioned the value of their own lives. We know that people rarely share how they feel and by taking a minute to reach out to someone who is feeling low or suicidal we can all make a huge difference and could ultimately change a life. #Takeaminutechangealife
Throughout the past year the team here at Finchale Group have seen an increase in the numbers of individuals that need support so this World Suicide Prevention Day we’re proud to be joining If U Care Share Foundation (a local charity with 3 main aims: prevention, intervention and support to those bereaved by suicide) in their online ‘Inside Out’ campaign to raise awareness and start conversations.
*Source – World Health Organisation (WHO)
What are we doing and how can you get involved?
Suicide is preventable and we believe that everyone has a role to play in preventing suicide. Whilst it can sometimes be tough to get what is on the inside, out, talking about how you feel could save lives.
One great way to get involved and end the stigma is to talk about suicide prevention. This is why we’ll be getting involved in the ‘Inside Out’ campaign this World Suicide Prevention Day; 10th September and will be wearing our clothes inside out, taking selfies and sharing them on social media to start a conversation.
We’re also calling on all of our friends, colleagues, clients and supporters to look out for the online campaign and share the selfies to raise awareness. You can follow the full campaign using the hashtag #Askmewhy and find our more here ‘Inside Out’
You don’t have to be an expert to support someone, sometimes all you need to do is show that you care.
Never underestimate the Power of a conversation – Just a small gesture could make the difference!
Reaching out for help
There are many resources for those experiencing suicidal thoughts or a suicidal crisis but knowing where to turn if you or someone you know needs help could make the difference.
The NHS Choices website has a wealth of information on what you could do if you think a friend, colleague or family member may be struggling.