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Suicide prevention is a universal challenge. Every year, suicide is among the top 20 leading causes of death globally for people of all ages. It is responsible for over 800,000 deaths, which equates to one suicide every 40 seconds.
Every life lost represents someone’s partner, child, parent, friend or colleague. For each suicide approximately 135 people suffer intense grief or are otherwise affected. This amounts to 108 million people per year who are profoundly impacted by suicidal behaviour. Suicidal behaviour includes suicide, and also encompasses suicidal ideation and suicide attempts. For every suicide, 25 people make a suicide attempt and many more have serious thoughts of suicide.
Suicide is the result of a convergence of genetic, psychological, social and cultural and other risk factors, sometimes combined with experiences of trauma and loss. People who take their own lives represent a diverse group, with unique, complex and multifaceted causal influences preceding their final act. Such diversity presents challenges for suicide prevention experts. These challenges can be overcome by adopting a multilevel and cohesive approach to suicide prevention.
Preventing suicide is often possible and you are a key player in its prevention! You can make a difference - as a member of society, as a child, as a parent, as a friend, as a colleague or as a neighbour.
There are many things that you can do daily, and also on World Suicide Prevention Day (WSPD), to prevent suicidal behaviour. You can raise awareness about the issue, educate yourself and others about the causes of suicide and warning signs for suicide, show compassion and care for those who are in distress in your community, question the stigma associated with suicide, suicidal behaviour and mental health problems and share your own experiences.
It takes work to prevent suicide. The positive benefits of this work are infinite and sustainable and can have a massive impact. The work can affect not only those in distress but also their loved ones, those working in the area and also society as a whole.
This year is the first WSPD with the theme “Working Together to Prevent Suicide" and this has been chosen because it highlights the most essential ingredient for suicide prevention - collaboration.
We all have a role to play and together we can collectively address the challenges presented by suicidal behaviour in society today.
With this in mind, on September 10th, we'd like to invite you to join us, and many others across the world, in playing their part in the prevention of suicide.
The events we'll be holding are as follows:
A chance to remember those we have lost to suicide. Please bring a photo of your loved one if you feel comfortable doing so as part of this sharing event.
Date/Time: 11am - 12:30pm on Monday 10th September 2018.
Location: Kenburgh House, 28 Manor Row, Bradford, BD1 4QU.
Head to our Twitter page where one of our leading Counsellors will be on hand to explore how you can help someone experiencing suicidal thoughts and answer any questions you may have about our services.
Date/Time: Check out our Twitter page between 1-2pm on Monday 10th September 2018 and send your Tweets to @mindinbradford
The #'s we're using are #mindinbradford and #wspd
As a symbol of support for suicide prevention, and as a way of remembering loved ones, please light a candle at 8pm on Monday 10th September 2018 and place it by your window. Bradford Cathedral will also be open from 7:30-8:30 for anyone affected by suicide and who wishes to light a candle there. Their address is: 1 Stott Hill, Bradford BD1 4EH.
If you need crisis support right now, please reach out for support.
For residents of Bradford, Airedale, Craven or Wharfedale:
First Response is available on 01274 221 181 - 7 days a week.
You can also contact our friendly, confidential helpline, Guide-Line, on 01274 594 594 - 12-9pm daily.
If you live outside of these areas, please contact the Samaritans on 116 123