This month we are raising awareness for Suicide prevention month. There were 5,691 suicide deaths in England and Wales in 2019. This is a tragedy.
There are many things that we can all do to help the people around us:
- Reaching out – Talking about our feelings in essential. Reaching out to a friend or checking in on family or neighbors can make a huge difference to their lives and encouraging them to open up is a way to show that you care.
- Checking in on our male friends – Over three quarters of suicides in 2019 were male. While many men bottle up their feelings, it’s important to encourage our brothers, friends, uncles, and dads to open and talk about their emotions.
- Providing support – Organisation’s and workplaces have an obligation to provide support to the people they work with. At Dynamo, we have provided our team with the My Health Assured app, which supports our mental health and general wellbeing. We also provide Support and Resources documents to our learners and partners.
- Improving Data and Evidence – There needs to be better statistics and data about suicide. A lot of data is held back and needs to be available to those working in the sector.
If you are in crisis, please:
– CALL 999 – emergency.
– CALL 111 – serious but not immediately life-threatening.
– CALL SAMARITANS 116 123 – this is what they are there for, 24-hours a day.
– GO TO YOUR NEAREST A&E
- – RING YOUR GP (DOCTOR’S SURGERY) – you can find the number online. YOU CAN ALSO CONTACT THEIR OUT OF HOURS LINE
For more information, visit https://www.samaritans.org/?nation=wales.