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World Suicide Prevention Day 2018: Key resources and events

Here’s a roundup of the most helpful things to see, read and do this September 10th.


World Suicide Prevention Day is held every year on September 10th, to bring people together from all over the world who have been affected by suicide in one way or another. It’s a day when charities and public health bodies come together to pool their information and raise awareness of the work still to be done to lower suicide rates across the world.
The theme for WSPD 2018 is “Working Together to Prevent Suicide”. We all have a part to play in spreading the word that suicide is preventable, even if that means simply reaching out to someone you know who might be struggling.
If you are looking for a way to mark this year’s awareness day, or learn more about suicide prevention, we have round up some of the most helpful and informative events happening on or around September 10th that you can take part in; as well as some online resources websites you can turn to if you or a loved one is struggling.


At 8pm on September the 10th, you can light a candle near a window to mark your support for suicide prevention, to remember a loved one or to show your solidarity with suicide survivors. This event is organised by the I.A.S.P. (International Association for Suicide Prevention). You can find out more about their work, and download an e-card to tell others about this event, here.
Grassroots Suicide Prevention are organising a day of activities in Brighton, East Sussex, to mark WSPD 2018. This will include information stalls at two locations in the town; a film screening and panel discussion, and a photo exhibition on the theme of ‘Working Together’ featuring portraits of local people. Find all details for each of these events here.

‘Take 5 to Save Lives’, organized by the National Council for Suicide Prevention, wants everyone to take five minutes out of their day on September 10 to learn five vital actions related to suicide: ‘Learn the warning signs, Do your part, Practice self-care, Reach out, and Spread the word’. Find out more about the initiative here.
And the Sky Sharma Foundation, in conjunction with the NHS, Heads Together and Give as You Live, is hosting a day of talks in Ilford, east London, on September 10. Sky Sharma seeks to “end the stigma and taboo surrounding mental health today.”


National Mind have a webpage dedicated to explaining suicidal feelings, including what action to take in an emergency. Check it out here.
Samaritans have several web pages dedicated to World Suicide Prevention Day, particularly focused on how to start a conversation with someone who you think may be struggling.
The Maytree Respite Centre based in Finsbury Park, north London, provides a non-medical place to stay for people in a suicidal crisis. They offer a free four-night/five-day stay as well as the opportunity for confidential conversations for sufferers. Their website contains much more information here.


One of our guest writers, Emily, told us about her experience dealing with her sister’s mental health problems and suicidal feelings. Read her story here.
At national Mind, you can read Regie’s story of how he found support when he experienced suicidal feelings. (Please read with care as it contains suicidal themes). 
And from Time to Change, here’s an excellent blog by Khali on how he used writing to overcome suicidal feelings as a child.
Please take care when reading these pieces. If you need support right now, please use the link below to get in touch.

Contact the Samaritans for urgent help on 116 213, or by email at [email protected].

Not sure where to turn? Contact our Information Service.

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Posted on: 10th September 2018

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