What is World Suicide Prevention day?

World Suicide Prevention Day is held each year on 10 September. It’s an annual awareness raising event organised by International Association for Suicide Prevention (IASP) and the World Health Organisation (WHO).

This year’s theme is about connecting with others and letting people know that #ITSOKAYTOTALK.

Why is it important?

In the UK and Republic of Ireland, more than 6,000 people die by suicide a year – an average of 18 a day.

Reaching out to people who are going through a difficult time can be a game changer. People who are feeling low or suicidal often feel worthless and think that no-one cares. Small things like hearing from friends or family, feeling listened to or just being told that ‘it’s ok to talk’ can make a huge difference.

What you can do?

Start a conversation today if you think a friend, colleague or family member may be struggling.

How can people reach out?

It can be daunting to approach someone who is struggling to cope; you may not know what to say, how to start a difficult conversation or worry that you’ll make things worse. However, you don’t need to be an expert. Often, just asking if someone’s OK and letting them know you’re listening can give people the confidence to open up about how they’re feeling.

Other sources of information

Samaritans is a national organisation that is available around the clock every single day of the year for anyone struggling to cope. If you’re worried about someone, or would like emotional support yourself, please get in touch with the Samaritans.