In England, 5,219 suicides were recorded in 2021, which is alarmingly 307 more than in 2020. Suicide Prevention Day on 10 September, aims to reduce these numbers for a world where fewer people die by suicide.
The rising cost of living has made the situation more challenging, with those facing debt being two to three times more likely to contemplate suicide. Notably, the age group with the highest suicide rate per 100,000 is males ages 50-54. But in a society where the struggle with mental health is often stigmatised, anyone is susceptible to keeping in negative thoughts.
Established in 2003 by the International Association for Suicide Prevention and the World Health Organisation, the aim of World Suicide Prevention Day is to spread the message that suicide can be prevented, it is not inevitable.
The Small Talk Saves Lives campaign has successfully raised awareness about suicide within railway stations. It encourages everyone to trust their instincts, start a simple conversation and potentially save a life. Creating a safe and open environment encourages individuals to open up, so by having the confidence to ask someone if they are experiencing suicidal thoughts or need help can provide much needed relief. In the theme of ‘Creating Hope Through Action’, lets help raise awareness about how we can better support each other and have the courage to start a conversation.