Sept 10th is World Suicide Prevention Day and around one in every 100 deaths worldwide is unfortunately the result of suicide. In the UK, men are 3 times more likely to die by suicide than women. Suicide Prevention Day aims to start the conversation about suicide and to show that vulnerable individuals that recovery is possible. Unfortunately every suicide has a devastating impact on all those around them and most people will know of someone who has been affected in one way or another.
Suicidal thoughts are very complex and the issues and factors which can contribute to individuals taking their own life vary by person; but often mental health conditions such as depression and anxiety can be a contributing factor. Some individuals who feel suicidal may also believe that they are a burden to their family or friends and so become isolated and more prone to suicidal thoughts. The Covid-19 pandemic has also contributed to increased feelings of isolation, worry and for some individuals exacerbated existing mental health conditions.
According to nspa.org.uk feeling a strong sense of connection is extremely important for those people who feel vulnerable, isolated, or distressed. Connection can come in lots of different forms such as family, friends, groups, activities, nature, hobbies or even the arts. Any activities that take the time away from suicidal thoughts can help elevate mood and reduce suicidal thoughts and tendencies.
So, if we all work together and be a beacon of shining light and reach out to those who are vulnerable, we can then start to remove any stigma attached to suicide. Why not act right now and reach out to someone you think maybe vulnerable whilst encouraging communication and reminding them that “it’s ok not be ok – let’s talk about it.”