World Suicide Prevention Day 2020
Thursday 10th September, 2020
Today is World Suicide Prevention Day, and given this is such an important cause to all of us here at Ewen’s Room, it seemed only right to talk about this during this week’s blog post.
What is World Suicide Prevention Day?
World Suicide Prevention Day was founded in 2003, when the International Association for Suicide Prevention (IASP) collaborated with the World Health Organisation (WHO) and the World Federation for Mental Health (WFMH).
Every year since, on the 10th September, communities and organisations around the world have come together to raise awareness about how we can create a world where fewer people die by suicide.
Why is it important?
Statistics by the WHO in 2019 stated that approximately one person takes their life every 40 seconds.
I found another heartbreaking set of statistics provided by the IASP:
“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 get involved?
Even though the day is coming to a close, you can still help to raise awareness – we have been sharing social media posts throughout the day, and Hugh has also filmed a video sharing more information about a brand new Scottish campaign launching today, called United to Prevent Suicide – check it out here.
United to Prevent Suicide is a social movement of people across our country, united in a common belief that each and every one of us has a role to play in preventing suicide. I also took part in the Nevis Radio breakfast show this morning with Simon from Nevis Radio and Ciaran from UHI West Highland College, alongside two other fantastic local wellbeing charities in the Lochaber area (Lochaber Mindfit and The Buzzfeed Project,to raise awareness about the support available locally (you can listen back here if you missed it!) . You can help us to raise awareness about suicide prevention by sharing our posts, by donating to Ewen’s Room so that we can continue to provide support to people in need within the Lochaber and Mull area, or, it’s not too late join the thousands of people across the world tonight lighting a candle in memory of those who have been lost to suicide.
How can I get support if I’m struggling?
Calling our confidential helpline can give you a safe, non-judgemental space to talk this through with someone. Our helpline is open Monday – Friday 5-10 pm, and Saturday and Sunday between 12-10pm. Call us on 0800 689 3317, or text us for a chat on 07537 431637. The NHS 24 mental health team can also be accessed for support 24/7, on 111. Please do not suffer alone, we are here for you.
Thank you to everyone who has helped us to raise awareness about this important cause today.
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