World Suicide Prevention Day
With it being World Suicide Prevention Day on the 10th September, it is always an important time to approach what can be a difficult subject. Did you know that suicide is the most common cause of death for men aged 20-49 years in England and Wales (Office for National Statistics). By understanding a topic further we can do more to assist those who may need our help.
What are some common myths regarding suicide?
- Only mental health professionals can help someone who is suicidal – Myth. Three-quarters of all people who end their own lives are not in contact with mental health services. If appropriate and timely help and emotional support is offered to those who are experiencing deep unhappiness and distress, this can reduce the risk of them choosing to end their own life Mentalhealth.org
- Most suicidal individuals want to die – Myth. Most suicidal people desperately want to live. Many will seek help immediately after attempting to harm themselves
- Most suicidal people are in a long-term crisis – Myth. The average crisis period lasts for about two weeks. The earlier the intervention the better. Anyone can start the process to get a suicidal person the help they need
Let’s Get Healthy offer bespoke workshops based around mental health and having confident conversations about the topics associated with it. To find out more please call us on 01924 666295.