World Suicide Prevention Day takes place on the 10th of September. Every year, organisations and communities come together to take steps to combat poor mental health and raise awareness of how we can help each other. It’s important to take World Suicide Prevention Day seriously, because it focuses on such a relevant topic in today’s world.
- In 2018, 6,800 people in the United Kingdom and Ireland died by suicide.
- The suicide rate for females under 25 has increased by 93.8% since 2012.
- Suicide rates were highest in the middle aged in 2019.
- In 2019, deaths by suicide rose by 10.9% in the UK.
- In 2018 in Scotland, the suicide rate among young people aged 15-24 increased by 52.7% – the highest it has been since 2007.
Creating Hope Through Action
World Suicide Prevention Day is crucial for raising awareness and helping to support those who suffer with negative mental health. It’s important to take steps to look after both yourself and the people around you.
This year’s World Suicide Prevention Day centres around the theme ‘Creating Hope Through Action’. This encourages individuals to engage with the concept of hope, and allows them to consider what sort of activities actually make us feel hope. This could be anything, considering that the concept of hope is so unique to the individual.
The idea of Creating Hope Through Action is meant to create hope and light within all of us. It should provide some positivity, whether a little or a lot, to those who are struggling. Preventing suicide is always possible, and we are all key to doing this.
What Can We Do?
Showing that you care is always such an important part of encouraging good mental health, and to helping people feel as though they are not alone. Individuals who are suffering with poor mental health can often feel isolated, whether this is through self-sabotage or loneliness in general. It’s crucial that we remember to check up on our friends – and that we feel as though we can reach out to them too. Often, people want to speak to you as much as you want to speak to them.
Beating the stigma is vital to helping those around you to feel more positive about their situation. Many people suffering with poor mental health feel as though they cannot reach out because of the stigma that is associated with poor mental health. In 2018-2019, stress, depression or anxiety were responsible for 44% of all cases of work-related ill health and 54% of all working days lost due to health issues in Britain.
Sharing with others is also so important in helping them to feel supported and less alone. Sharing intimate or difficult experiences with others can help to encourage them to share their own personal experiences, helping them to feel less alone.
Supporting Mental Health In The Workplace
At AW Safety, we understand the importance of maintaining an appropriate work-life balance. It’s vital that we take care of our mental health while we’re at home, within our personal lives. It’s also important that we ensure we are looking after ourselves and our colleagues within a working environment.
Considering Mental Health First Aid is always beneficial for your company. Allocating a designated Mental Health First Aider means that there is a figure available who has the relevant and appropriate experiences to adequately support those suffering with poor mental health.