Today (September 10) is World Suicide prevention day.
According to the World Health Organization (WHO), over 800,000 people take their own life each year – that’s around 1 person, every 40 seconds. In the UK, that’s more than 6,800 a year.
For many, 2020 has been a very tough year.
Changes to jobs, not being allowed to see loved ones, and not going outside as much has had an impact on a lot of people’s mental and physical health.
The important thing to know is that you don’t have to struggle with difficult feelings and thoughts alone.
If you’re having suicidal thoughts, there is help and support available right now if you need it.
This year’s theme is Step Closer.
To some, a smile is a simple gesture. But to someone thinking about suicide it can be the first step towards life.
There are actions we can all take to look out for others and help prevent suicides.
Watch the Step Closer video from the International Association for Suicide Prevention (IASP) and visit their website to find out more.
Are you having suicidal thoughts?
Having suicidal thoughts can be very different from person to person. However, if you start to consider any of the following, get in touch for help
- You desperately want a solution to your overwhelming despair and can’t see any other way out
- You don’t care if you live or die and are taking more risks or living recklessly
- You don’t actively want to kill yourself but see it as a release or a way of taking control
- You don’t know why you are having these thoughts or what to do about it
- Your thoughts have got more intense or worse recently with the impact of the pandemic
You can talk to us in total confidence to people who are experienced in listening to those with suicidal thoughts, feelings and plans.
Please know that there are people who can help you, or a loved one you’re concerned about, right now.
Who you can contact
Our Mental Health Crisis Team
If you need urgent help, but it's not an emergency, you can call our Mental Health Crisis Team
Call 0300 365 0300
Call 0300 365 9999
If you need emergency help, please call 999.
You can call, email, write them a letter or download their self-help app to help you keep track of how you’re feeling and stay safe in a crisis
Call 116 123
- Call your GP – ask for an emergency appointment
- Call NHS 111 out of hours – they will help you find the support and help you need
- Contact your mental health crisis team – if you have one
Talking Therapies is our friendly and approachable NHS service that offers support if you’re coping with challenges like depression, stress, anxiety or phobias.
If you’re aged 17 and over and living in Berkshire, we can help you overcome the mental health challenges you’re facing.
We’re available for contact 8am to 8pm Monday to Thursday, and 8am to 5pm on Fridays.
Campaign Against Living Miserably (CALM) – for men
Call 0800 58 58 58 – 5pm to midnight every day
Papyrus – for people under 35
Call 0800 068 41 41 – Monday to Friday 9am to 10pm, weekends and bank holidays 2pm to 10pm
Text 07860 039967
Childline – for children and young people under 19
Call 0800 1111 – the number will not show up on your phone bill
Grassroots Suicide Prevention (ASSIST)
Find a full list of guides and contact information, including advice on how to cope with bereavement.
Listen to how others have coped with depression and suicidal thoughts on Healthtalk.org.
Zero Suicide Alliance
The Zero Suicide Alliance (ZSA) is a collaboration of National Health Service trusts, charities, businesses and individuals who are all committed to suicide prevention in the UK and beyond.