More than 700,000 people die by suicide every year, according to figures from the World Health organisation (WHO). This equates to someone taking their own life on average of every 40 seconds, and there are indications that for each adult who died by suicide there may have been more than 20 others attempting suicide.
Every year Samaritans campaign with over 70 other suicide prevention and mental health groups under the National Suicide Prevention Alliance (NSPA).
Together, they ask governments in the UK and Ireland to make suicide prevention a priority, and help raise awareness about how we can each support each other better.
This year’s theme, which will be the theme until 2023, is ‘Creating Hope Through Action’, which aims to empower people with the confidence to engage with the complexity of ‘hope’
We all have all the experience you need to help save a life. If you feel something isn’t quite right and you think someone might need help, trust your instincts and start a conversation. You could save a life.
What makes you feel hopeful when they’re going through a difficult time ?
WSPD has compiled a list of tips and resources to help you remain hopeful during a difficult time. https://bit.ly/2XIR8q0
Going on a walk with friends or family can be a great way to help boost our overall mood and wellbeing. Graeme Davis has put together several articles about local walks that we can enjoy here in Andover. Click here.
Why not join the local Andover group , Walk in Talk. They are on a mission to, Normalise Conversations about Mental Health and Show its ‘OK not to be OK’ . You can find out more about them and details of their next walk here.
Other related articles and resources that may help
- TVBC have a page which lists local mental health support available here
- Last year we shared Kevin Francis story on how he coped with feeling down, here
- If you or someone you know has struggled with suicidal thoughts, you can find helpful advice from the NHS and support services here.