Today is World Suicide Prevention Day.
Our Learner Wellbeing Officer, Clare Sutton, has shared some useful websites with information around this topic.
Things you should know:
If you think someone is in immediate danger of attempting suicide call 999
You cannot encourage someone to attempt suicide by asking them if they have suicidal thoughts …
- Advice from MHFA England “if you are concerned someone may be at risk of suicide approach them and have a conversation with them about your concerns”. “Contrary to common belief … it signals that you care, that you realise they may be considering suicide and that you are ready to talk with them about it”.
- Questions you can ask …
- “Are you having thoughts of suicide”
- “Are you thinking about killing yourself”
Reference - Myths about suicide (samaritans.org)
Do not use the phrase ‘commit suicide’, this comes from a time when you could be sent to prison for attempted suicide. Fortunately our understanding has changed since then.
- Instead use …
- Died from suicide
- Killed themselves
If you or a loved one requires more information or help and support, please visit the Samaritans website or contact them at 116 123.