World Suicide Prevention Day 10 September 2018

5 September 2018

It’s World Suicide Prevention Day on Monday 10 September. Here at Wellbeing for Life we are working together with Homegroup to help prevent suicide across County Durham.

Reaching out to people who are going through a difficult time can make a huge difference. People who are feeling low or suicidal often feel worthless and think that no-one cares. Small things like hearing from friends or family, feeling listened to or just being told that ‘it’s ok to talk’ can make a huge difference.

Here are some of the warning signs that people may show:

  • Hopelessness, helplessness, shame, guilt, anger or rage
  • Feeling like there’s no way out
  • A dramatic change in personality, appearance or mood
  • Withdrawing from friends, family or society
  • Changed eating or sleeping habits
  • A serious drop in work performance
  • No reason for living, no sense of purpose in life
  • Talking or writing about death, dying or suicide
  • Saying goodbye, or putting affairs in order
  • Use of suicide chat rooms/pro-suicide internet sites
  • Sudden unexplained ‘recovery’ from depression

So what can you do?

  • Tell the person that you care, and want to help
  • Express empathy and understanding
  • Explain that there is help available
  • Tell them that thoughts of suicide are common and do not need to be acted on
  • Listen non-judgementally
  • Discuss ways to address specific problems, it may not be possible to ‘solve’ everything but it may give some hope of other ways/resources to help
  • Listening is more important than solving their problems
  • Identify who else can help the person and what they can be told

It’s OK not to be OK. You are not alone; it’s alright to ask for help.