September 10, 2018
What is World Suicide Prevention day?
World Suicide Prevention Day is held each year on September 10th. It’s an annual awareness raising event organized by the International Association for Suicide Prevention (IASP) and the World Health Organization (WHO).
Why is it important?
More than 1,000,000 people take their lives each year across the world.
Reaching out to people who are going through a difficult time can be a game changer. People who are feeling low or suicidal often feel worthless and think that no one cares. Small things like hearing from friends or family, feeling listened to or just being told that ‘it’s ok to talk’ can make a huge difference.
What can you do?
Start a conversation today if you think a friend, colleague or family member may be struggling.
When a person reaches a point where they are focused on taking their life, they’ve often lost sight of trying to find a way through their problems. This period usually only lasts a short while and often it doesn’t take a huge amount to bring someone back from that decision – something as simple as saying, ‘it’s ok to talk’ can be enough to move someone out of suicidal crisis.
How can people reach out?
It can be daunting to approach someone who is struggling to cope; you may not know what to say, how to start a difficult conversation or worry that you’ll make things worse. However, you don’t need to be an expert. Often, just asking if someone’s okay and letting them know you’re listening can give people the confidence to open up about how they’re feeling.
Samaritans on Cape Cod and the Islands is here every single day, 365 days a year for anyone struggling to cope. If you’re worried about someone, or would like emotional support yourself, please get in touch.
Call us. We’re here to listen.