According to the World Health Organisation (WHO), more than 800,000 people across the globe take their own lives each year – that equates to one death every 40 seconds.
While talking about suicide is a lot more accepted than it used to be when it was often ‘brushed under the carpet’, there can still be a certain stigma around the subject. This means it can be difficult for people to open up when they’re struggling.
So what could you do if you’re worried that someone you know might be considering suicide, or if a friend or family member has reached out to you for help? If you’re happy to talk to them and offer support, the first step is to try and find out where they’re at.
Not all suicides can be prevented, however hard we try. Some people display no signs at all that they’re having suicidal thoughts. Others won’t talk about it in case someone tries to stop them. If this happens, we should never blame ourselves.
Helping someone who is suicidal can be incredibly difficult and could have a major impact on you. You might find you need support, too. These resources from the Samaritans and the NHS might come in useful. If you’re left feeling anxious and down, cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT) might help you manage how you’re feeling.
Useful helpline numbers:
Samaritans Call 116 123 Email email@example.com
Campaign Against Living Miserably (CALM) – for men Call 0800 58 58 58 – 5pm to midnight every day Visit the webchat page
Papyrus – for people under 35 Call 0800 068 41 41 – Monday to Friday 9am-10pm, weekends and bank holidays 2pm-10pm Text 07860 039967 Email firstname.lastname@example.org
Childline – for children and young people under 19 Call 0800 1111 – the number will not show up on the phone bill.
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