World Suicide Prevention Day promotes worldwide commitment and action to prevent suicides
10th September is World Suicide Prevention day so do prepare to make your teams aware of the support your organisation offers and try to signpost to local support too.
Some hard hitting facts shared from QJM (An International Journal of Medicine) include:
- The COVID-19 pandemic is associated with distress, anxiety, depression and insomnia in the general population
- Social isolation, anxiety, fear of contagion, uncertainty, chronic stress and economic difficulties may lead to the development or exacerbation of depressive, anxiety, substance use and other psychiatric disorders in vulnerable populations including individuals with pre-existing psychiatric disorders and people who reside in high COVID-19 prevalence areas
- Mental health consequences of the COVID-19 crisis including suicidal behaviour are likely to be present for a long time and peak later than the actual pandemic. To reduce suicides during the COVID-19 crisis, it is imperative to decrease stress, anxiety, fears and loneliness in the general population
Do your best to help your colleagues be aware of how they can prevent suicide #suicideprevention