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: http://www.rcpsych.ac.uk/
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.
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.