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Article published on: Thursday, 07 September 2023

**Content Warning: Suicide discussed, please read with care***

World Suicide Prevention Day is an awareness day observed on the 10th September every year. The aim is to provide worldwide commitment to prevent suicides by starting the conversation about suicide, raise understanding and show that recovery is possible.

Need help?

Please do not suffer in silence. You are so brave to reach out for help. You are not alone and you can recover.

  • Samaritans, Call 116 123
  • SHOUT, Text HECTOR to 85258
  • Papyrus, Call 0800 068 4141
  • Childline 0800 1111
  • CALM 0800 58 58 58 (5pm to midnight)

The most important thing to do is to talk to someone. Talking about your problems and your feelings can help you to get the help you need and reduce the risk of suicide. Speak to someone now about how you are feeling and the thoughts you are having.

Worried about someone?

The signs of feeling suicidal are not always clearly visible. Here are some indications that someone might be struggling:

  • Talking or acting like they don’t care about themselves
  • Withdrawing from friends, family and social situations
  • Lack of interest in things they enjoy, lacking energy and enthusiasm
  • Appearing more tearful than usual
  • Using drugs or alcohol to cope with feelings or emotions.
Ways you can help a friend or loved one who is struggling:
  • Start a conversation, don’t be afraid to ask the direct question, many people feel relieved and less isolated when asked.
  • Share a helpline with them, offer to sit with them and support them while they reach out for support.
  • If you think a friend or family member is in immediate danger of taking their own life, ring 999 straight away. 
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