Con­nect with oth­ers is World Sui­cide Pre­ven­tion Day mes­sage

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ACROSS the globe more than 800,000 peo­ple take their lives each year.

In the UK alone Sa­mar­i­tans report more than 6,000 peo­ple died by sui­cide in the last year – an av­er­age of 18 peo­ple a day. Each year on September 10 the In­ter­na­tional As­so­ci­a­tion for Sui­cide Pre­ven­tion (IASP) and the World Health Or­gan­i­sa­tion (WHO) hold World Sui­cide Pre­ven­tion Day.

The aware­ness day is an op­por­tu­nity to break the stigma around dis­cussing sui­cide. The theme of this year’s World Sui­cide Pre­ven­tion Day is about con­nect­ing with oth­ers and let­ting peo­ple know that it’s okay to talk.

Pro­fes­sor Ann John is a prin­ci­pal in­ves­ti­ga­tor at the Na­tional Cen­tre for Men­tal Health (NCMH) and clin­i­cal aca­demic at Swansea Univer­sity. Her re­search fo­cuses on sui­cide, self-harm and de­pres­sion.

Ann ex­plained: “It is im­por­tant to remember that sui­cide is largely pre­ventable. Talk­ing openly about it can save lives. Many peo­ple have thoughts of sui­cide at some point in their lives, usu­ally this will pass. It’s im­por­tant that you don’t suf­fer in si­lence – speak to a close friend or fam­ily mem­ber, or con­tact one of the helplines be­low.”

Three out of four deaths by sui­cide are men, par­tic­u­larly in midlife. A num­ber of char­i­ties have called for male sui­cide to be treated as a na­tional pub­lic health is­sue, on a par with smok­ing, obe­sity and pol­lu­tion.

An­other ‘at risk’ group are young peo­ple. Sui­cide is the lead­ing cause of death in peo­ple aged 15-29 years.

Men­tal health can also play a role in the risk of sui­cide, as peo­ple di­ag­nosed with a men­tal health prob­lem are more likely to die by sui­cide than those with­out.

If you are feel­ing sui­ci­dal it is im­por­tant to talk to some­body. You can phone the Sa­mar­i­tans 24 hours a day on 116 123 or text the Pa­pyrus HOPE­line on 07786 209697. Both or­gan­i­sa­tions can also of­fer help and ad­vice to those wor­ried about a friend or fam­ily mem­ber.

Join the con­ver­sa­tion on 10 September and let peo­ple know #ITSOKAYTOTALK

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