Can you spare a minute to save a life?
A minute is all it takes
I hope that this statistic shocks you as much as it does me ….
Every 40 seconds someone in the world loses their life to suicide!
Think about that in relation to how long it takes you to make a cup of tea, brush your teeth, watch a game of football – so many lives lost.
Latest statistics show a worrying increase in the number of suicides
If you have read the above and assumed that is must be worse in “other countries” the Office of National Statistics has just revealed a total of 6,507 suicides were registered by coroners in the UK – 11.2 per 100,000 people – in 2018, up 11.8% on the previous year. This is the highest rate recorded since 2002.
There has been a particularly worrying increase in the rates of young people between the ages of 10 & 24 killing themselves but people between the ages of 45 & 59 have the highest rates of suicide.
These deaths are not just a tragedy for the individuals but also for the friends and families they leave behind. Every life lost represents someone’s partner, child, parent, friend or colleague. For each suicide approximately 135 people suffer intense grief or are otherwise affected. This amounts to 108 million people per year who are profoundly impacted by suicidal behaviour.
Tuesday 10th September is global suicide prevention day – what can you do to help?
Does your company have a suicide prevention policy? If it doesn’t and you are looking for where to start looking at some of the policies written by the Unions – GMB and the NEU both have good policies.
The International Association for Suicide Prevention has some great documents and guidelines - https://www.iasp.info/wspd2019/ or use their Take a Minute Brochure.
If you need immediate help
The Samaritans can be contacted 24 hours a day 7 days a week for free on 116 123
What about the long term?
If we are going to reverse these figures we need to tackle the stigma that still surrounds mental health and make it easier for people to talk and find help when they are struggling. This is where Mental Health First Aid comes in – to find out more contact me.
Telephone: 07974 6043042