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Reaching Out and Saving Lives: World Suicide Prevention Day

Today, Thursday, 10 September, is World Suicide Prevention Day with the theme this year being Reaching Out and Saving Lives.

The day itself is a reminder to everyone, individuals and organisations alike, that suicide is all our business.

All have a role

Don't keep suicide a secret We are here, of course, about reaching out.

But, also as a community, a country, a member of the human race we all have a part to play in the prevention of suicide.

Role of support

This year, the theme is to make us reflect on the importance of offering support and the role it may play in combating suicide.

It can be difficult for a many of us to imagine the distress that leads someone to decide to take their own life.

We do need to fully realise that offering a sympathetic, non-judgmental ear can make a huge difference.

Reaching out, can save lives

Asking someone, are they OK and letting them know there’s help, listening and letting them talk can have a significant impact.

Read: Are you OK? Three words that can save a life.

Staying connected

Staying social and feeling connected can protect against the risk of suicide.

So, it stands to reason, when you let someone who has become disconnected know that you’re there for them, it can be life-saving.

Reach out to those bereaved by suicide

Suicide can be devastating for families, friends and have an impact on the community. Reaching out to those who have lost someone to suicide is really important. They may be experiencing grief, anger, guilt, disbelief and self-blame.

It can be a tough conversation to have, so we have some advice here on how to listen and be open-minded, and think of the difference it can make.

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