Emergency services and World Suicide Prevention Day

The World Health Organization estimates that over 800,000 people take their own life each year – that’s one person every 40 seconds. Up to 25 times as many again make a suicide attempt.

World Suicide Prevention Day is on the 10th September. We'll be raising awareness of the Blue Light Programme and our support around this time, to help reach as many members of the emergency services, their family and friends as possible. You can join in too.

What are suicidal feelings?

If you can no longer see why you should go on living, your feelings can seem unbearable. You may hate yourself and believe that you are useless and not wanted or needed by anyone. You may feel rage, shame and guilt.

Find out more about what suicidal feelings are here, including information on:

You can also access our information on supporting someone else with suicidal feelings. This explains how to support someone who feels suicidal, giving practical suggestions for what you can do and where you can go for support.

This was a difficult time for me. Not only was I dealing with my mental health problems, but my marriage was also breaking down and I was having some financial issues.

Local Mind support for emergency services

Have you or one of your teammates gone through something traumatic, in or out of work, that’s had a real impact?

Through our local Minds, we want to give more emergency service staff and volunteers the chance to talk or learn new ways to cope with difficult experiences.

Some of our local Minds are now offering free face-face support, as well as workshops on trauma and peer support for emergency service staff and volunteers.

Find out more

Regie's experience of suicidal feelings

Regie works for the police and volunteers for a coastguard rescue team.

He's blogged for us on his experience of suicidal feelings and finding support.

Please take care when reading the blog. If you need support right now, please click here for urgent help.

Do not be afraid to reach out and say, “I am feeling rubbish. I am having thoughts of suicide. I need a little help.” Things can always get better. No matter how bad they are, tomorrow is a new chance for a better day.

Read the blog

Useful resources for WSPD

There are lots of simple ways you can get involved in World Suicide Prevention Day. Use our resources to support your conversations.

Stop Suicide campaign resources

Led by the charities Mind in Cambridgeshire, Peterborough & Fenland Mind and Lifecraft, supported by local NHS and Public Health teams, this campaign has some great resources available including:

Support after Suicide campaign resources

The Support After Suicide Partnership (SAS) is the UK’s national hub for organisations and individuals working across the UK to support people who have been bereaved or affected by suicide.

They passionately believe that everyone bereaved or affected by suicide should be offered and receive timely and appropriate support. They say; "Many of us have been bereaved or affected by suicide. You are not alone. If and when you can, please accept the help and support that is available."

National Suicide Prevention Alliance (NSPA)

The alliance has lots of information and resources available on their website. Follow them on Twitter at @NSPA_UK

International Association for Suicide Prevention (IASP)

Updates on their activity and resources are available online. Follow them on Twitter at @IASPinfo.

Working together to prevent suicide

Mind is a member of the National Suicide Prevention Alliance (NSPA), which was set up in 2013 to bring together public, private and voluntary organisations to take action to prevent suicide in England and support those affected by it.

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