September 10th is World Suicide Prevention Day, where multiple agencies and charities pull together to try and raise awareness of the help that is available for those suffering with their own inner turmoil, and cant see a way out other than ending their own lives.
The latest suicides statistics showed that in 2018, in the UK and Republic of Ireland, more than 6,800 people died by suicide. Every life lost to suicide is a tragedy. And we know that suicide is preventable, it’s not inevitable. We are supporting the Samaritans and passing on some information that you or maybe someone you know might find helpful to know.
What helps you to stay hopeful when you’re struggling?
We believe we can all play an active part in suicide prevention, which is why we are supporting the Samaritans this World Suicide Prevention Day.
They’ve compiled a list of tips and resources to help you remain hopeful during a difficult time.
‘What do you do to stay hopeful when you’re going through a difficult time?’
Tip 1: Going on a walk with a Friend Going on a walk with friends or family can be a great way to help boost our overall mood and wellbeing.
Samaritans have some great resources to help you look after yourself and bring hope in these tough times.
‘Simply going on a walk with a friend could help bring hope during a difficult time.’
Tip 2: Keeping a Gratitude Journal
Connecting with how you’re feeling by writing your thoughts down could help you stay safe in a crisis.
Samaritans have shared practical techniques to help bring hope, which I’m sharing today in support of #WorldSuicidePreventionDay
‘Keeping a gratitude journal can give you the opportunity to focus on the things you’re grateful for and can help improve your optimism.
Tip 3: Pause and Reflect
Over the past year, many of us may have experienced feelings of overwhelm and uncertainty.
Samaritans have shared useful tips on how you can take the time to pause and reflect to help you manage your thoughts.
‘Taking the time to pause and reflect may help you prioritise and manage your thoughts.’
You may have seen a lot of difficult content this #WSPD. Remember, Samaritans are open 24/7 for emotional support if you need to talk.
You can call them any time, day or night, on 116 123, or email email@example.com 💚