World Suicide Prevention Day
The 10th of October marks World Suicide Prevention Day organised by the International Association for Suicide Prevention. Even in 2021, talking about suicide is hard and there is a lot of stigma and misinformation around it. So even though every day should be a suicide prevention day, on the 10th of October we unite to move the conversations and education on the topic a step forward.
So what can we do to act today?
- Join the conversations – #WSPD on Twitter and other social media platforms
- Educate yourself – the day is a great opportunity to find out more – here in the UK: Samaritans, Rethink Mental Illness and Mental Health Foundation
- Take your local ASIST course to learn to save lives – it is usually two days long and prepares you for all aspects of starting a conversation with someone who might feel suicidal
Mental Health Foundation has a great WAIT model to support conversations about suicide – you can find the poster here.
This year the theme is hope so I would like to leave you with this song for inspiration. Please, stay safe and reach out to your friends too!
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