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. This means that there are many more people who have been bereaved by suicide or have been close to someone who has tried to take his or her own life.

World Suicide Prevention Day on 10th September is organised by the International Association for Suicide Prevention. 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 as possible. You can join in too.

About World Suicide Prevention Day

World Suicide Prevention Day (WSPD) is organised by the International Association for Suicide Prevention (IASP) and the World Health Organistion (WHO).

Since 2003, WSPD has taken place on 10th September each year. It serves as a call to action to individuals and organisations to prevent suicide. This year the theme is 'Take a minute, change a life.'

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As a staff member or volunteer for the emergency services, you may come across difficult situations relating to suicidal feelings as part of your role. You may also have supported a colleague, friend or family member who is experiencing suicidal feelings, or experienced them yourself.

That’s why the Blue Light Programme actively mark World Suicide Prevention Day and encourage you or your organisation to see what you can do to raise awareness too.

If you need support right now, please click here for urgent help.

No matter how dark it may seem, how hopeless and lost you feel, there will always be someone who can help, so reach out, tell someone and never feel alone.

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.

Useful resources for WSPD

There are lots of simple ways you can take a minute and change a life for 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."

International Association for Suicide Prevention (IASP) activity and resources

Follow them on Twitter at @IASPinfo and find out what activities are going on internationally:

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