‘Create hope through action’ this World Suicide Prevention Day

Graphic for Now We're Talking which reads "Now We're Talking - Acting Together to Prevent Suicide." Published Thursday, 9th September 2021

Friday 10 September is World Suicide Prevention Day. An annual event to raise awareness of how we can create a world where fewer people die by suicide.

“Creating hope through action” is the theme of this year's World Suicide Prevention Day.

Globally an estimated 703,000 people die by suicide each year.

To create hope through action, residents are being asked to go to The Now We’re Talking website to get lots of hints and tips to help talk to someone. That conversation may just save someone’s life.

The Now We’re Talking website has lots of resources including advice to get you through a crisis, conversation starters for talking about suicide, step by step guides to help someone in crisis and advice for self-care when supporting someone. You can also find free suicide awareness training which takes just 20 minutes to complete here too.

Councillor Matt Dormer, Cabinet Member with Responsibilities for Communities, said:

“Every life lost to suicide is a tragedy and it’s worrying that men are more likely to die by suicide than women.  So, while I’m particularly calling out to men to look out for each other, we know that absolutely anyone can be affected by suicide and it’s everyone’s responsibility to ‘create hope through action’.

“I urge everyone to take the time to look through The Now We’re Talking website. You can quickly learn some simple strategies to help others and help yourself. Suicide is preventable. Small actions and small talk can save lives.”

Emma Webber, Associate Director for Mental Health and Learning Disability Services, said:

“We have a range of support available to help those struggling from common mental health difficulties such as stress, anxiety or low mood, through to those experiencing a mental health crisis.

“It is really important that we create a culture where everyone feels comfortable to talk and get support at the earliest opportunity. Our healthy minds team provide a range of talking therapies and our 24/7 crisis team can support those in a mental health emergency.”

To remember a lost loved one, show your support for the survivors of suicide and those bereaved by suicide, you can also light a candle near a window at 8pm on Friday 10 September.

If you feel overloaded, you don’t have to struggle alone, just call the Herefordshire & Worcestershire 24-hour urgent mental health helpline free on 0808 196 9127. Someone is there to listen to you and calls are free and confidential.

You can find out more about the Herefordshire & Worcestershire’s Suicide Prevention Programme on Worcestershire County Council’s website.

You can also visit the Suicide Prevention pages of the Healthy Minds website for more information.