Today is World Suicide Prevention Day, a worldwide awareness scheme set up by the International Association of Suicide Prevention (IASP), collaborating with the World Health Organisation (WHO) and the World Federation for Mental Health, which aims to provide worldwide commitment to preventing suicide and to bring awareness to the effect suicide has on individuals and everyone around them.
According to statistics of the WHO from 2011, roughly 1 million deaths per year are caused by or directly attributed to suicide. That equals around 1 death every 40 seconds, or 3,000 deaths per day, and the most affected demographic worldwide are those aged 15-24. In the UK suicide rates are estimated to be around 6,045 – males taking up the largest amount at around 4,552 and females at 1,493. These statistics show that suicide worldwide accounts for more deaths than from war and homicide/murder combined and it is the 13th leading cause of death worldwide.
These are the statistics for suicide and they’re quite upsetting, mostly because they are so vague and they group together many people with diverse lives and difficult problems. When looking at facts and figures like these it is often quite easy to forget that we are talking about actual people, people who we may have known in some way, people we could have been friendly with. It’s safe to assume that everyone has had dark thoughts at some point in their life, whether due to a particularly messy break-up, or the loss of a family member or friend, or due to any number of other reasons, and it’s easy to feel alone and overwhelmed in these situations, but it’s important to remember that there is help out there, if you want it. Even if you just want to talk to someone, anyone, there are things you can do. There are help-lines, sites to contact; even talking to a family member or friend can be beneficial sometimes.
Get in touch with some of the organisations today. It could be the best thing you’ve done. People are here to help:
Open Minds Alliance CIC: http://connectingwithpeople.org/
The Royal College of Psychiatrists: http://rcpsych.ac.uk/
Betsi Cadwaladr University Local Health Board Charitable Funds: http://www.wales.nhs.uk/sitesplus/861/home
Primhe and Primhe Training CIC: http://primhe.ning.com/
Sandwell PCT: http://www.blackcountry.nhs.uk/
British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy: http://www.bacp.co.uk/
STORM Skills Training CIC: http://www.stormskillstraining.co.uk/
Mental Health Foundation: http://mentalhealth.org.uk/
British Association of Social Workers: http://www.basw.co.uk/
Cariad yn Cyfri: http://cariadyncyfri.co.uk/
Suicide Safer London: http://www.suicidesaferlondon.org.uk/
UK Council for Psychotherapy: http://www.ukcp.org.uk/
If you’re in RCT and you or one of your mates needs help and you’re not sure where to go there are lots of ways to get support:
Eye To Eye Wales provides help and guidance via face-to-face help and they also provide support over the telephone. For more information, check out: http://eyetoeyewales.co.uk/
Samaritans offers 24-hour confidential support, by phone, e-mail or face-to-face. For more information, check out: http://www.samaritans.org/
Lead worker for help with mental health and wellbeing:
Allyson Davies – 07786523706 or: Allyson.Davies@rctcbc.gov.uk
MEIC is the information, advice and support helpline for children and young people in Wales. For more information, check out: http://meiccymru.org/
CAMHS is the Child and Adolescent Mental Health Services (CAMHS) NHS-provided services for children in the mental health arena in the UK. For more information, check out: http://www.camhscares.nhs.uk/
You can also seek advice through your local doctor.
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