It’s safe to talk about suicide...

Earlier this week people across the county came together on World Suicide Prevention Day which is held annually on 10 September, to show their support for suicide prevention, to remember a lost loved one, and to support the survivors of suicide.

The Council, NHS, Mind, local charities and other partners also joined forces in support of World Suicide Prevention Day. Their message is that if you’re worried about someone’s wellbeing or state of mind, it’s safe to talk to them about suicide.

  • 1 in 5 of us have thoughts of suicide at some point in our lives
  • Around 30 people die by suicide in Buckinghamshire each year

Suicide can feel like a difficult subject to talk about but the safest way to start a conversation is to ask someone you’re concerned about if they are considering taking their own life.

Trust your gut instincts and if something doesn’t seem right, say something. Asking them directly will not encourage them to take their own life. You don’t have to be an expert - just listening to them can help. Try to use open questions - the ones that start with who, what, where, how, when or why to encourage them to talk openly.

If you have concerns that someone you know is about to act on suicidal thoughts call 111 or 999, or go to the nearest Accident and Emergency Department. In Buckinghamshire this is at Stoke Mandeville Hospital. Do not leave them alone.

Our leaflet It’s safe to talk about suicide has details of what signs to look out for and where to go for help or, for further information and advice including support for people bereaved by suicide, visit the Buckinghamshire Mind website at http://www.bucksmind.org.uk/crisis-support/.

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