10th September: World Suicide Prevention Day

Image: ‘Light It Up’ by KoldGunder

[Laura Slingo – News Editor]

Today is World Suicide Prevention Day. According to the Samaritan’s Statistics Report 2015, there were 6,233 suicides in the UK in 2013; that’s nearly 12 people per 100,000. Twelve might seem like a small number, but these were innocent lives cut short because they couldn’t get the help they so desperately needed.

But it doesn’t have to be this way. World Suicide Prevention Day is in place to try and reduce the stigma associated with mental health. This awareness day aims to inform the global population about the risks of failing to address mental health problems correctly, and the services available to support the network of friends and relatives affected by suicide.

World Suicide Prevention Day is not just a day of raising awareness, but so much more. It’s about taking action, a platform to share advice and experiences, to warmly remember those who were taken through suicide and to facilitate a worldwide calling that initiates effective suicide prevention strategies.

Single tealight candle on dark background - 'Light Licht' by manoftaste licenced under CC BY 2.0
‘Licht Licht’ by manoftaste

Suicide rates are on the decline, but they are still a major cause for concern. If you’d like to find out more about how you can help with suicide prevention, or have any queries about mental health, please visit any of the following websites:

www.wspd.org.au

www.iasp.info

www.samaritans.org

www.mind.org.uk

 

If you are a student at Herts Uni and have questions about the wellbeing services we offer, please visit the Student Wellbeing page >>http://www.herts.ac.uk/university-life/student-support/student-wellbeing <<  or email: studentwellbeing@herts.ac.uk  

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10th September: World Suicide Prevention Day