World Suicide Prevention Day 10 September 2019
For this year’s World Suicide Prevention Day (WSPD) we want to continue to work with partners, including Nottingham City Council, to raise awareness around suicide and let everyone know about the support and resources available.
According to the National Suicide Prevention Alliance, between 6,000 and 7,000 people die by suicide every year, that’s someone dying by suicide approximately every 90 minutes. It remains the leading cause of death in men under 50 and 75% of people who die by suicide are men. In Nottinghamshire county alone, there were 168 deaths by suicide between 2015 and 2017. In Nottingham City, there were 71 suicides.
The cause of suicide is complex, and we can’t expect to remove all risk however, there is much that can be done. The most important thing we can do is start a conversation, be vocal about mental health, in our schools, in our workplaces, in our communities. It’s ok to need help and there are people who are willing to listen and give you that help.
How to get help
- Samaritans: 116 123 (free, for everyone, 24/7)
- CALM, for men: 0800 585858 or webchat (5pm-midnight, 365 days per year)
- Hub of Hope will find your nearest support centre. You can also text HOPE to 85258 for 24/7 crisis support across the UK.
- The Silverline: 0800 4 70 80 90 helpline for older people, 24/7
- PAPYRUS Hopeline: 0800 068 4141 (9am-10pm Mon-Fri, 2pm-10pm at weekend)s for children and young people under the age of 35
- Childline: 0800 1111 (online and 24/7 phone support for under 18s).
Starting a conversation
Sometimes it can be difficult to start a conversation about mental health and know the right words to say or where to go. Here are some useful tools to guide you:
- It's safe to talk about suicide [PDF] a leaflet to help people know that it’s safe to talk about suicide, with suggestions on how to do it
- Ask twice campaign by Time to Change, on why we should always ask twice if we’re worried about someone
- SHUSH listening tips by Samaritans
- Worried about a friend? Starting a conversation [PDF] a flyer developed by PAPYRUS and Nightline for young people
- Stay Alive App essential suicide prevention for everyday life. Includes quick access to UK national crisis support helplines, a mini-safety plan, a LifeBox to upload photos reminding them of their reasons to stay alive, and much more.
Ways to improve your wellbeing
- 5 Ways to Wellbeing [PDF] tips on how you can look after your mental wellbeing
- 5 Ways to Wellbeing for Children and Young People [PDF] tips on how parents/carers can support their child’s wellbeing
- Wellbeing in the work place by Samaritans
- How to improve your mental wellbeing by Mind
- One You information on healthy lifestyle choices to help improve mental and physical wellbeing
Useful websites and organisations
- National Suicide Prevention Alliance (NSPA) more information about all the above plus other suicide prevention work and support available
- Samaritans emotional support for anyone in distress
- Harmless Nottingham-based user-led organisation that provides a range of services about self-harm and suicide prevention
- CALM Campaign Against Living Miserably, leading a movement against male suicide
- Mind provides advice and support to empower anyone experiencing a mental health problem
- Notts Help Yourself advice, information and local services
- Ask LiON find activities and support in Nottingham
- PAPYRUS Prevention of Young Suicide
- Kooth free, safe and anonymous online support for young people
- SHARP (Self-Harm Awareness and Resource Project)
Access to therapy
You can make an appointment with your GP to get a variety of treatment options including therapy. Here are some other ways to access therapy services.
- Improving Access to Psychological Therapies (IAPT) talk to your GP or self-refer into the service
- Silvercloud talking therapy free to patients registered with a GP in Nottingham and Nottinghamshire
- British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy (BACP) information about different types of therapy and how to access it
- British Association for Behavioural and Cognitive Psychotherapies (BABCP) list of accredited CBT therapists and contact information
*Infographics from National Suicide Prevention Alliance (NSPA) – Local Suicide Prevention Resources
Office for national statistics – Suicides in the UK: 2017 registrations