SUICIDE AWARENESS

Every day in The United Kingdom approximately 17 people complete suicide, this equates to over 6,000 people annually. 

If you are in immediate crisis, please CALL The Samaritans on 116 123

These are by far very tragic and appalling figures. For whatever reasons these incidents take place, suicide leaves behind many unanswered questions for family, relatives, loved ones, friends and work colleagues.

 

Aspire 2 passionately believe that social & corporate awareness around the risk of suicide and suicide prevention is much needed and are honoured to dedicate this webpage.

KEY FACTS

Suicide is the most common cause of death for young people aged 20-34 years.

One in Fifteen adults has made a suicide attempt at some point in their life.

Every two hours someone in England or Wales will commit suicide.

People with a diagnosed mental health condition are shown to be at higher risk of attempting and completing suicide.

IDENTIFICATION RISK FACTORS

• Drug and alcohol misuse

 

• History and trauma of abuse

 

• Unemployment

 

• Social isolation

 

• Poverty

 

• Poor social conditions

 

• Imprisonment

 

• Violence

 

• Family Breakdown

 

How To Help

PREVENTION

Suicide is a final act of behaviour that is a result of a range of factors, difficulties and distress. For many people an attempt occurs after months of having thoughts and feelings about suicide. Many factors might predict if someone is more at risk of feeling suicidal or acting on these thoughts. These might include:

 

• Feeling depressed, withdrawn and anxious.

 

• Loss of interest in hobbies, work, socialising or even in their appearance.

 

• Expressing feelings of hopelessness or purposelessness.

 

• Acting impulsively or in a reckless way and not caring what happens to them.

 

• Giving away possessions, sorting out their affairs or making a will.

 

• Talking about suicide, death or dying or wanting to end it all.

STEPS TO TAKE​

If you notice these signs or feel that you know someone with these signs or is at risk of taking their own life, these signs can offer potential opportunities to intervene and save lives.

 

Corporate Responsibility

 

If your company or employer has not already done so work with them to provide training so that for every first aider you have on site insist it is equally matched with a mental health first aider.

 

Help and Support

 

If you are feeling suicidal please call 999 or walk into your nearest Accident and Emergency Department and ask for the contact of the nearest ‘Crisis Resolution Team’ (CRT). CRTs are teams of mental health care professionals, such as psychiatrists and psychiatric nurses who work with people experiencing severe psychological and emotional distress.

Always remember these key facts, you are not at fault, you are not to blame, you have done no wrong, you’re not putting anybody out day or night, you are not in any trouble and what you are actually doing is giving yourself much needed time and space.

You can also call The Samaritans in complete confidence 24 hours a day on 116 123

The statistics and data supplied was provided from The Mental Health Foundation Website.

If you are in immediate crisis, please CALL The Samaritans on 116 123

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