World Suicide Prevention Day Sunday 10th September 2017 – ‘Take a minute, change a life’

Every year, more than 800,000 people die by suicide and up to 25 times as many make a suicide attempt. Behind these statistics are the individual stories of those who have, for many different reasons, questioned the value of their own lives.

Each one of these individuals is part of a community. Some may be well linked in to their community, and have a network of family, friends and work colleagues or school mates. Others may be less well connected, and some may be quite isolated. Regardless of the circumstances, communities have an important role to play in supporting those who are vulnerable.

This sentiment is reflected in the theme of the 2017 World Suicide Prevention Day: ‘Take a minute, change a life.’ As members of communities, it is our responsibility to look out for those who may be struggling, check in with them, and encourage them to tell their story in their own way and at their own pace. Offering a gentle word of support and listening in a non-judgemental way can make all the difference.

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Useful resources:

Samaritans are available round the clock every single day for the year for anyone struggling to cope. If you’re worried about someone, or would like emotional support yourself, get in touch at or email

Call Samaritans free any time, from any phone on 116 123.  If you need a response immediately, it’s best to call on the phone – the number is FREE to call.

Papyrus are the national charity for the prevention of young suicide. Suicide is the biggest killer of young people – male and female – under 35 in the UK. In 2015, 1,659 young people took their own lives. That equates to over four per day. Every year many thousands more attempt or contemplate suicide, harm themselves or suffer alone, afraid to speak openly about how they are feeling.

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Mind provide advice and support to empower anyone experiencing a mental health problem. They campaign to improve services, raise awareness and promote understanding. They won’t give up until everyone experiencing a mental health problem gets support and respect.
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The Office of National Statistics (ONS) has produced a useful visual article outlining who is most at risk of suicide

Who is most at risk of suicide?

Visit our suicide and self harm by children & young people resource  for more advice for practitioners.


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