Suicide Prevention Day 10th September 2020

World Suicide Prevention Day is supported by the International Association for Suicide Prevention (IASP). Observed on September 10th, every year.

Why do we have a Suicide Prevention Day?

Every year, suicide is among the top 20 leading causes of death globally for people of all ages.  It is responsible for over 800,000 deaths, which equates to one suicide every 40 seconds. Every life lost represents someone’s partner, child, parent, friend or colleague. For each suicide approximately 135 people suffer intense grief or are otherwise affected.  This amounts to 108 million people per year who are profoundly impacted by suicidal behaviour. Suicidal behaviour includes suicide, and also encompasses suicidal ideation and suicide attempts. For every suicide, 25 people make a suicide attempt and many more have serious thoughts of suicide.

What can I do to prevent suicide?

You can make a difference –  as a member of society, as a child, as a parent, as a friend, as a colleague or as a neighbour. There are many things that you can do daily, and also on World Suicide Prevention Day (WSPD), to prevent suicidal behaviour. Here are some thoughts from the #WSPD

  • You can raise awareness about the issue
  • Educate yourself and others about the causes of suicide and warning signs for suicide,
  • Show compassion and care for those who are in distress in your community,
  • Question the stigma associated with suicide, suicidal behaviour and mental health problems
  • Share your own experiences.

What is the hashtags for Suicide Prevention Day?

#WSPD  #wspd2020  #suicideprevention

Where can I find resources for World Suicide Prevention Day?

Activity sheets download here

Download a banner to use on your emails and websites

Learn more about suicide awareness FREE Webinar register here 10.09.20

I am suicidal where can I get help?

  • Contact the Samaritans  call 116 123  
  • email [email protected]
  • Download this app
  • SANEline. If you’re experiencing a mental health problem or supporting someone else, you can call SANEline on 0300 304 7000 (4.30pm–10.30pm every day).
  • The Mix. If you’re under 25, you can call The Mix on 0808 808 4994 (Sunday-Friday 2pm–11pm), request support by email using this form on The Mix website or use their crisis text messenger service.
  • Papyrus HOPELINEUK. If you’re under 35 and struggling with suicidal feelings, or concerned about a young person who might be struggling, you can call Papyrus HOPELINEUK on 0800 068 4141 (weekdays 10am-10pm, weekends 2pm-10pm and bank holidays 2pm–10pm), email [email protected] or text 07786 209 697.

What are the suicide facts and figures in the UK?

You can find out the facts and figures by connecting to this webpage 

suicide is preventable, it’s not inevitable



Suicide Prevention Day 10th September 2020

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