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10 September, 2018
News Story


World Suicide Prevention Day is an annual awareness raising event, which takes place on 10th September each year.

In the UK and Republic of Ireland, more than 6,000 people die by suicide a year – an average of 18 a day. The risk of homeless people taking their own life is three and a half times to nearly five times the national average.

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

34% of current residents at Caritas Anchor House have reported mental health issues that impact on their daily lives. To mark World Suicide Prevention Day, we ran a workshop open for all residents. There, we shared ways to improve mental wellbeing and attendees received a ‘happy box’ that they could decorate and fill with items to lift their mood when they are feeling low. We had a group discussion about the different services and people that we can turn to if we ourselves feel suicidal, or we are concerned about someone we know.

This workshop was influenced by the Samaritans ‘Small Talk Saves Lives’ campaign, which encourages people to strike up a conversation with someone they think might need help. We support this campaign, which emphasises how small talk can change a person’s path and promotes the benefits of helping one another and building a supportive community.

“By the end of the session, residents had more insight into how simple conversations can change and save lives. This is exactly what we had hoped to achieve, as well as helping residents to feel able to share their experiences and know how to access support.” – Elif, Mental Health Lead

Support and advice:

Samaritans – whatever you’re going through, you can call Samaritans on 116 123 for free at any time, from any phone. They are available 24 hours a day, 365 days a year. The call will not appear on your phone bill.

Mind – Mind’s Infoline team is available for anyone that would like information on mental health. They can provide information on a range of topics including types of mental health problem, where to get help, medication and alternative treatments and advocacy. You can call 0300 123 3393 from 9am to 6pm, Monday to Friday (except for bank holidays)

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