The 10th September 2015 marks World Suicide Prevention Day (WSPD) and this year’s theme is ‘Preventing Suicide: Reaching Out and Saving Lives’.
The importance of this day is highlighted by shocking statistics just released by the World Health Organisation (WHO) which reveal that over 800,000 people die because of suicide across the world each year.
The act of showing care and concern to someone who may be vulnerable to suicide has been shown to make a significant difference to the outcome of their actions. Simply asking someone if they’re ok, listening to what they have to say in a non-judgemental way and letting them know that you care and will be there for them, can have a huge impact on how a person deals with and recovers from their struggles.
Sadly, isolation increases the risk of suicide whereas having strong social links can be protective against it. This is just one of the many reasons why this year’s campaign aims to highlight how just being there for someone who has become disconnected can be life-saving. You can do your bit by checking in on someone you’re concerned about, listen to what they have to say and show them kindness and support.
If you think that you or someone you know could be at risk of suicide, please feel free to contact Life Works in the strictest of confidence and we will be more than happy to help.