With the pressures of Covid and the threat of job loss, redundancy and furlough schemes ending, reaching out to our family, friends, neighbours, colleagues and employees is as crucial as ever. On World Suicide Preventation Day (WSPD) as well as all through the year, we encourage people to come forward to talk about whatever is troubling them; our counsellors are here to listen and support, offering what can be a life-saving space to be heard.
“Many of us have been in ‘survival mode’ during these uncertain and challenging times and as we emerge from lockdown and adjust to a new ‘normal’, more people than ever before will need mental health support.” Jo Spilling, Clinical Director.
Men are three times more likely to die from suicide than women, with men aged 45-49 remaining at the highest risk. There is an increase in suicide rates among young people, especially women under 25.
*Samaritans Suicide Statistics Report 2019
These statistics reflect the fact that women are generally better at speaking openly with friends or coming forward to seek counselling support. It does not mean that a women’s suicide is any less important, the good thing is that women are asking for help but now we’d like to see more men reaching out too.
Organised by the International Association for Suicide Prevention and the World Health Organisation, the WSPD aims to promote worldwide commitment and action to prevent suicides.
Would you know the warning signs to look out for if someone could be feeling suicidal?
Learn to Spot the Signs
- Talking about feeling hopeless and that life is not worth living.
- Saying that friends and family would be better off without them.
- Talking about death and plans to take their own life.
- A sudden and seemingly full recovery after a period of severe depression.
- Looking into methods or the means to end their own life.
- Saying that they can hear voices telling them to end their own life.
Ask directly about suicide
Contrary to what you may have thought, don’t be afraid to ask someone directly if they are feeling suicidal. It will not make their feelings worse or give them ideas. In fact the opposite is true. For many people it can be a huge relief to be asked the question in a direct way.
Asking someone directly may also give them chance to open up about their feelings and help them to think about positive options rather than suicide.
How can you help?
We need to work together to change attitudes about asking for help and for it to be seen as a sign of strength – not a weakness.
Have you been affected by suicide?
If you’ve been affected by suicide or would like to talk to someone, The Counselling Foundation provide affordable counselling to support the many people who have been bereaved by suicide or have been close to someone who has made a suicide attempt, who also need support, helping to remove the stigma of talking openly about suicide.
We can help towards the cost of counselling
The Foundation offers a more affordable way for people to access counselling. We work tirelessly on initiatives to support the local community, ensuring there is continual funding available to help subsidise the cost of weekly counselling for anyone experiencing financial difficulties during these turbulent times.
To speak to someone about receiving counselling, please call your nearest centre:
Contact us: firstname.lastname@example.org | 01727 868585
Do you urgently require help?
If you should need to contact and speak to someone immediately you can contact The Samaritans who are open 24 hours a day with the below details. Please note that the Foundation provides professional and supportive counselling to those in distress but cannot provide an emergency service.
Please call 116 123