September 10th is World Suicide Prevention Day
Every year on September 10, mental health organisations all over the world pause to recognise World Suicide Prevention Day (WSPD).
Suicide is the leading cause of death among young people aged 20-34 in the UK, according to the Mental Health Foundation. There were over 6,000 recorded deaths by suicide in the UK in 2017 - this figure equates to one every two hours.
The intention of the day is to raise awareness of ways how we can create a world where fewer people die by suicide.
Why do people commit suicide?
Every individual’s case is different, but could be related to any aspect of an individual’s life, such as:
- Drug and alcohol abuse
- Poor mental health
- Poverty, or poor living conditions
- Breakdown of relationships
How can you tell if someone is feeling suicidal?
As we know, it’s likely that people with suicidal thoughts may display completely different behaviour. However, be sure to keep an eye out for the following potential warning signs:
- Long-lasting sadness
- Mood swings
- Dangerous or irresponsible behaviour
- Recent crisis or trauma
How can you help someone with suicidal thoughts?
The NHS have list of phone numbers for various organisations dedicated to improving the mental health of others:
- Samaritans – 116 123
- Campaign Against Living Miserably (CALM) – 0800 58 58 58 (for men)
- Childline – 0800 1111 (for children under 19)
Grantham College is here to support anyone who may be displaying any symptoms of poor mental health. We offer a range of services, including counselling, to those who require it. Click here for more information on how to access our internal services.