Every year, organisations and communities around the world come together to raise awareness of how we can create a world where fewer people die by suicide. This year on 10th September, we’ll be promoting worldwide commitment and action to prevent suicides.
The latest suicides statistics showed that in 2018, in the UK and Republic of Ireland, more than 6,800 people died by suicide. Every life lost to suicide is a tragedy. And we know that suicide is preventable, it’s not inevitable.
This World Suicide Prevention Day, we’re highlighting the importance of the language we use when we talk about suicide, especially when asking someone you’re worried about if they’re suicidal.
It’s important to talk and write about suicide safely and responsibly. Using the right language around suicide is key to breaking down stigma. When we use our words carefully we can create a safe environment for people to open up.
People who have been suicidal have often said it is a relief to talk about thoughts they are experiencing. Just being there to listen and showing you care can help. If they want to talk to someone else about how they are feeling, they can call Samaritans.