World Mental Health Day - Help save a life

Category: News & Written by Simon On October-10-2019 02:53:15

Help save a life

Today is World Mental Health Day 2019 and this years theme is suicide prevention.
It is estimated that nearly 800,000 lives are lost to suicide world wide yearly, which works out to someone completing suicide every 40 seconds. Suicide is also the 2nd leading cause of death in the world for those aged 15-24 years.
Today is a day we can all make a difference by raising awareness of suicide prevention by letting people know what help and support is out there and how they can access it.

What to do if you are experiencing suicidal thoughts but not thinking of carrying them out

If you are experiencing suicidal thoughts or thinking about harming yourself, talk to someone about how you are feeling. This may be a very hard thing for you to do, but having that conversation with someone can be a huge relief and be the start of the healing process. If you are not comfortable talking to your friends or family, there are several organisations that are there to listen to you and are fully trained to provide you with advice and offer you guidance.

Most importantly you should make an appointment to see your GP as soon as possible. Ask for an emergency appointment or a home visit as soon as you can. There are treatments and services available through the NHS which can be accessed via a GP referral.

If you are experiencing suicidal thoughts and are planning to carry them out

Do not hesitate, call 999 straight away or if it is safe to do so go along to your nearest hospitals A&E department and explain to them how you are feeling. And as with the above you should make an appointment with your GP as soon as possible. In some cases, you may be referred to the mental health crisis team who will offer you further support.

What support is out there?

  • The Samaritans - The Samaritans helpline is available 24/7 with fully trained and experienced volunteers.

  • NHS 111 service - NHS 111 is a new service that's being introduced to make it easier for you to access local NHS healthcare services in England. You can call 111 when you need medical help fast but it's not a 999 emergency. NHS 111 is a fast and easy way to get the right help, whatever the time. NHS 111 is available 24 hours a day, 365 days a year. Calls are free from landlines and mobile phones.

  • Childline - Childline is yours – a free, private and confidential service where you can talk about anything. Whatever your worry, whenever you need help, we’re here for you online, on the phone, anytime.

  • Campaign Against Living Miserably for men (CALM) - The Campaign Against Living Miserably (CALM) is leading a movement against suicide, the single biggest killer of men under 45 in the UK and the cause of 18 deaths every day. Join the campaign to take a stand against suicide.

  • papyrus HOPELINEUK advisers want to work with you to understand why these thoughts of suicide might be present. They also want to provide you with a safe space to talk through anything happening in your life that could be impacting on your or anyone else’s ability to stay safe. For children and young people under the age of 35 who are experiencing thoughts of suicide. For anyone concerned that a young person could be thinking about suicide

If you are worried about someone

It is not easy to approach someone who you think may be thinking of harming themselves or are about to take their own life. Below are a couple of links with advice on how to start that conversation and provide a listening ear to someone in need.

  • Samaritans - Having a difficult conversation

  • Rethink - Suicidal thoughts - How to support someone

There is also some useful information on the national Mind website.
As well a free downloadable PDF booklet on How to cope with suicidal feelings.
If you are living in the Dudley borough and surrounding areas and are seeking support for your mental health please get in touch with us via the contact form at the bottom of the page or call us on 01384 442938.


Sandra Vaughan

October-10-2019 08:44:59

This year marking World Mental Health Day is even more important because suicide is the biggest cause of preventable death. Whilst there is a massive issue around male suicides the number of younger females is also rising. We all need to be aware of how we can support our family, friends and colleagues more. Let's make a concerted effort to play a part in breaking down the barriers around mental health so everyone can talk openly about both their physical and mental health.

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