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World Suicide Prevention Day

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

Reference - Suicide facts and figures | Our policy and research | Samartians (samaritans.org)

 

Additional Information

World Suicide Prevention Day (rethink.org)

What are suicidal feelings? | Mind, the mental health charity - help for mental health problems

How to support someone you're worried about | Samaritans

If you or a loved one requires more information or help and support, please visit the Samaritans website or contact them at 116 123. 

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