The 10th of September is #WorldSuicidePreventionDay. Suicide is when someone harms themselves with the intention of dying and as a result of these actions dies. An attempted suicide is when a person harms themselves with the intention to die but the person survives. Other mental health problems and/or recent trauma can increase the risk of suicide.
Signs that someone might be thinking of suicide:
• Talk, write or draw about death or dying
• Talking about feeling hopeless and/or trapped
• Talking about feeling like a burden to others
• Belief that others will be better off if they die
• Making preparations, such as arranging pet care or giving away dear belongings
• Asking for forgiveness or saying goodbye
• If the person seems to have gotten better very suddenly, this could be a sign that they have decided to end their life.
If you or someone you know is experiencing thoughts of dying, please reach out for help. You can call us on 1770 for more support. If the person is in imminent danger, please call 112 immediately.