World Suicide Prevention Day

World Suicide Prevention Day

A round-up by Charlotte Fantelli

Today (10th September 2012) is World Suicide Prevention Day. It is a day to reflect on the tragedies that have been and a day to celebrate what steps are being taken towards a brighter future for those who face the darkest times.

We at Mental Healthy wish to look at the great things being done to educate, support and inspire courage in people who are vulnerable. Let us look at what is being done here in the UK and around the world:


SANE are undertaking a very important suicide prevention study. Please get involved by clicking on the suicide prevention PDF and having a read - this also gives details of the support services SANE provides. 

Please remember SANELine is open 6pm-11pm daily - 0845 767 8000

U Can Cope

Open Minds, Connecting People and The Mental Health Foundation have teamed up with over 100 UK organisations including Samaritans and the Royal College of Psychiatrists, to produce an incredible film, we have the privilege of sharing with you below.

The inspiring film, U Can Cope, was produced by Southwick Media Consultancy and tells the stories of three people who each faced depression and neared suicide. Each one has come through and lives to tell others about life beyond the despair. The aptly titled film tells others who maybe facing similar times 'you can cope!'. Each voice in the film sought help and pulled through, advocating the importance of speaking out and seeking help.

The Royal College of Psychiatrists has created a factsheet that goes along with the film, you can access this here:


Today the government announced its suicide prevention scheme, backed by a £1.5million research pledge.

The scheme aims to

  • research the area of suicide
  • to better understand better the needs of the most vulnerable
  • reduce suicides among those with a history of self-harm
  • research suicides among children
  • better understand the use of the internet in the suicidal
  • prevent loss of live
  • better support those bereaved by suicide

Norman Lamb, the care services minister, said: "One death to suicide is one too many – we want to make suicide prevention everyone's business."

This strategy is backed by the Samaritans.


Over 200 people took to the streets in a 'remembrance walk' held at City Hall. Belfast has one of the highest suicide rates in Europe, and the walk remembered those lost by suicide. The dawn walk symbolises coming out of the darkness and into the light.


Taiwan joined in the important cause, by opening a suicide prevention centre for military personnel in Taipei. It is hoped that the centre will dramatically cut the number of suicides committed by military personnel.


It may not be today, but the commitment shown by President Barack Obama last week should not be left out of our suicide prevention round-up. The American President signed an executive order directing federal agencies to expand suicide prevention efforts and take steps to meet the demands for mental health and substance abuse treatments for veterans.
He also vowed to provide better support for those suffering from post traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) and brain injuries.
Obama said: "If you're hurting, it's not a sign of weakness to seek help, it's a sign of strength. We are here to help you stay strong, Army strong. That's the commitment I'm making to you."

There are many things taking place this Suicide Prevention Day. We would love to hear your story, or what you and your organisation are doing, so we have opened up comments below. Please do share with us your part of this important day.

Please share your events and stories with us below:

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World Suicide Prevention Day

Here at Sandwell Mind we are running special features on both our Facebook page and twitter account to help raise awarness of the special occasion. On Twitter we have been posting suicide-related facts and figures on the hour every hour today in a mini tweetathon to help promote World Suicide Prevention Day so any support either through a follow or a retweet would be greatly appreciated.

Of Course

I will follow you now and RT :)


Thanks from everyone at Sandwell Mind

Let us know what you're doing

Please feel free to post here:

Trying not to think about it,

Trying not to think about it, wish more services took suicidel feelings more seriously instead of belittling people's feelings, maybe then people would get the help they need instead of being refused it

Couldn't agree more

It is a sad fact that many people are denied the help they need as self-harm or suicide attempts are seen as 'cries for help'. What many (even professionals) still fail to do is LISTEN to that cry... And actually help!

What are you doing this Suicide Prevention Day?

Thanks for the question, "The only disability in life is a bad attitude." ~Scott Hamilton SHIRAO "One cuckoo sings, Then responds another Between the two mountains." :)

Thanks for the comment

Thanks for the comment, it's so nice to have our readers respond to our posts :)

Suicide Prevention Day

I only found out about this today so I haven't much of a chance to do much for it but I noticed lots of people are wearing yellow for it or writing 'love' on their wrist. I have a love heart with the word 'love' inside of it on my wrist. I also have a page called 'A Mile A Day' on Facebook where I encourage mentally ill people like myself to walk a mile a day in the great outdoors and post a photo to the group. The idea is to get out into the fresh air so you are not stuck indoors ruminating on bad thoughts. The photos are a reminder of what you can achieve in low times and the group can encourage and support each other in times of need. Here is the link to the page. It's not for profit, it's just run by me to share hope among those who are in need of it ;)

Thank you

This is a lovely idea, I have linked to it from our facebook group. Thank you for letting us know :)