Take 20 minutes to try and help those who are suffering this World Suicide Prevention Day

Release Date: 10 September 2020

This World Suicide Prevention Day (10 September 2020), Richmond Council, Public Health and the NHS are encouraging residents to complete the Zero Suicide Alliance’s 3-step online Suicide Prevention Training, which takes just 20 minutes, as well as signposting residents to mental health support services.

Every 40 seconds, a person somewhere in the world takes their own life. World Suicide Prevention Day aims to raise awareness of how we can create a world where fewer people die by suicide.

Data from the Office for National Statistics has revealed an increase in suicide amongst both males and females. The suicide rate for males in England and Wales in 2019 was the highest for two decades. Suicide rates amongst girls and women aged between 10 to 24 have increased by 94% since 2012.

Suicide is preventable, and anyone can help by acting on the signs that they may see in others.

The Zero Suicide Alliance’s 3-step online Suicide Prevention Training supports people to identify warning signs and to feel comfortable having conversations about suicide. To complete the training, visit the Zero Suicide Alliance.

If you are having suicidal thoughts or are concerned about someone who might be feeling suicidal, the below organisations will be able to help you:

  • Hopeline UK helps children and those aged under 35 understand suicidal thoughts and helps anyone concerned for a young person.
  • In a crisis, you can call the South West London and St George’s Mental Health NHS Trust 24/7 Mental Health Support Line on 0800 028 8000.
  • The Samaritans freephone number is 116 123 and is open to anyone in distress who wants to talk about their feelings.
  • Shout is a free 24-hour text service for anyone in crisis who is struggling to cope. Simply text Shout to 85258.
  • Stay Alive app for those at risk of suicide and people worried about someone.

Cllr Piers Allen, Chair of the Adult Social Services, Health and Housing Committee and the Richmond Health and Wellbeing Board, said:

“Suicide is a tragedy. Richmond Council is committed to raising awareness of suicide and encouraging people to talk openly about how they are feeling, which is often the first step to staying safe.

“Suicide prevention is something we can all play a part in. The free online training will better enable you to help others who might be suffering.

“If you yourself are suffering, speak out about it and contact one of the above organisations who will offer you a safe space to be able to talk about how you are feeling.”

Notes for editors

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Reference: P358/20

Updated: 30 September 2020