People across the world are being asked to support awareness of suicide.
Today is World Suicide Prevention Day, which is about raising awareness of suicide and suicide prevention.
Globally, each year 800,000 people completing suicide with a further 20 million attempting suicide and it is one of the top 20 causes of death.
There are three key things you can do to support World Suicide Prevention Day watching this short film from the International Association of Suicide Prevention about how we can encourage connections to help a person with suicidal thoughts, lighting a candle near a window at 8pm tonight to show your support for suicide prevention, to remember a lost loved one, and to show support for survivors of suicide, or check out the International Association of Suicide Prevention website to find out more about how you spread awareness of suicide prevention.
Hull City Council is also reminding people that additional support is available.
If you need wellbeing support there is a whole range of different organisations that can help you:
- NHS – for support with suicidal thoughts
- Every Mind Matters – tips for looking after yours and other people’s mental wellbeing
- Samaritans – support for people experiencing distress or despair – 01482 323 456 or 116 123
- Mind – mental health support – 01482 240 200 or 0300 123 3393 or text 86469 (9am to 5pm Monday to Friday)
- Rethink Mental Illness – advice and information for people with mental health problems and carers 0300 500 0927 (9.30am – 4pm Monday to Friday)
- Howareyoufeeling.org.uk – information and support wellbeing support for children, young people and parents
- Our Frontline – text FRONTLINE to 85258 for a text conversation or call 116 123 for a phone conversation with the Samaritans. Access the site
- Shout for support in a crisis – a free text messaging support service. Staff can send a message with ‘FRONTLINE’ to 85258 to start a conversation. Visit the website for more information
- Men in Sheds – You can call us anytime, if we’re not available, we’ll respond to all messages – 01482 803 700 [email protected]