international day for suicide prevention
10th September marks the international day for suicide prevention. Each year, over 800,000 people take their own lives – representing 1 person every 40 seconds. We hope to change that and to support people who are experiencing mental health difficulties to experience fulfilled and meaningful lives.
How can we help?
If you’re feeling low, help is at hand. You don’t need to go it alone and it’s best to seek support when you realise you’re feeling unhappy. Contact our services in Brent, Wandsworth or Westminster if you think you need support. Our services are designed to boost your mental wellbeing and support you on your journey towards better mental health, and to provide you with a community for recovery. You’ll meet people experiencing similar things to you and gain insight into how you can take practical steps to manage your mood. You can also access our guide on coping with suicidal feelings.
If you are in crisis, please call 999 or go to your nearest A&E. You can also call The Samaritans hotline for free , 24/7.
Lost a loved one?
Life after loss is difficult – it does get better but you shouldn’t shoulder the burden alone. Talk to us and seek mutual support in the people around you – it is estimated for every suicide, six people are significantly affected by grief. You may also realise your own mental health is affected by the effects of bereavement and may want to seek guidance on how to improve your own mental wellbeing.
How Can You Help?
Light a Candle
The International Association for Suicide Prevention is encouraging people to light a candle near a window at 8 PM to show support for suicide prevention, to remember a loved one lost through suicide, for the survivors of suicide, and to show solidarity with those who have lost somebody.
Show Your Support
Saving a life can be as simple as reaching out to somebody who is struggling.
You can also raise awareness of suicide and suicide prevention by joining in online using the hashtag #WSPD and share your messages of support.
You can also help us to reach out to people experiencing mental health difficulties by making a donation to support our work.