“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.”
Here are some resources so you can deliver some awareness in your organisation or community.
World Suicide Prevention Day Toolkit
Suggested Activities Download here
Download a banner for your email
Campaigns you can be part of
#YouCanTalk This campaign is about giving people the confidence to have the conversation by connecting them with resources to support them. The take home message is that you don’t have to be a clinician, GP or nurse to check in with the person whom you
are concerned about.
Are You Ok Day is on Thursday 12th September R U OK? The day is a national day of action dedicated to reminding everyone to ask, “Are you OK?” and to remember every day of the year to support people who may be struggling with life’s ups and downs.
Take 5 to Save Lives
This campaign encourages everyone to take 5 minutes out of their day and complete five action items:
1. Learn the warning signs
2. Do your part
3. Practise self-care
4. Reach out
5. Spread the word
For the latest world suicide statistics please click here to download PDF
If your working in Construction here are some specific resources
Download the Construction Industry Free App here
Building Mental Health Free Resources including toolbox talks here