10 September is World Suicide Prevention Day. This year’s theme is “Take a minute. Change a life”; it’s about creating a safe space for people to talk about their mental health. This Sunday, take a minute to check in with a loved one or family member, a friend or a colleague to ask them how they are. Offering a gentle word of encouragement, or just making a cuppa and taking time to listen, can make all the difference.
We will be sharing posts and articles on this important topic via the Helping You Sparkle™ Facebook page all day on Sunday.
Below is also a list of resources if you or someone you know is struggling:
Samaritans: 116 123 (UK) http://Samaritans.org
Papyrus: (preventing suicide in young people) 0800 068 41 41 https://www.papyrus-uk.org/help-advice
Young Minds: http://youngminds.org.uk
Combat Stress (UK Veterans Mental Health Charity): http://combatstress.org.uk 0800 138 1619
Calm Zone (specifically for men): https://www.thecalmzone.net/help/get-help/
Mind information leaflets on different types of mental health: http://mind.org.uk including ‘Supporting Someone who Feels Suicidal’ https://www.mind.org.uk/information-support/helping-someone-else/supporting-someone-who-feels-suicidal/#.WbGnHkHTWaM
Heads Together’s Tips for Talking: http://headstogether.org.uk/tipsfortalkingThere are also videos like:
“Be in your mate’s corner” video by Time to Change is here: https://youtu.be/3l8LpDitZvY
“Finding the words to ask for help” video by Mind: https://youtu.be/Dqb-n_L5hIA