World Suicide Prevention Day is observed on Sunday 10 September each year to promote worldwide action to prevent suicides.
Suicide is a public health issue, globally current figure approximate that 800,000 people will die of suicide each year. Statistically one person ends their life every 40 seconds. Looking at these figures more closely, men are three times of greater risk of completing suicide; however, it is important to note that the figure for women completing suicide is increasing.
In 2016, the Trust agreed its five year Suicide Prevention Strategy identifying key priority areas to support staff, service users and carers so that suicide is not deemed to be the only option an individual may feel they have to manage their problems.
We are launching the GMMH Trust website page for World Suicide Prevention day to promote awareness about suicide, mental illnesses associated with suicide, and suicide prevention.
We hope that we can provide meaningful and timely support for those people experiencing suicidal thoughts and for anyone who is worried about somebody who may be thinking about ending their life. The page includes our aim and vision, information about suicide and resources for individuals and carers, links to recovery letters, biogs and videos and also support and resources for those bereaved by suicide.
We are always striving to improve our services for staff, service users, carers and members of the public, so please get in touch if you would like to share resources which you have found helpful by contacting; Julie.Bodnarec@gmmh.nhs.uk and Rebecca.Gehlhaar@gmmh.nhs.uk, or to provide us with general feedback on the website.