Take a minute, change a life - World Suicide Prevention Day 2017

World Suicide Prevention Day

Sunday 10 September is World Suicide Prevention Day, an awareness day organised by the International Association for Suicide Prevention (IASP) and the World Health Organisation (WHO). So, why do we need to raise awareness of suicide? Well, the statistics are staggering. Across the world, one person dies from suicide every 40 seconds [1] and in the UK and ROI, 18 people die by suicide every day. To learn more about the importance of suicide, watch our video.

What can you do to help?

Most people contemplating suicide feel that they are alone and that there are no other options. Everyone should know that it’s OK to talk. If you can do one thing today, take a minute to change a life and speak to anyone you may feel is at risk or generally anyone that is feeling down. Talking to someone will help them with the crisis they are feeling. If you want to use social media to promote suicide prevention, use the hash tags #suicideprevention and #ITSOKAYTOTALK.

What is Pulse doing to raise awareness?

To show our support for World Suicide Prevention Day, we took part in the IASP ‘Cycle around the Globe’ event, with the aim of spreading the word on suicide globally. On Thursday 7 September our teams cycled an amazing 174 miles during work hours, smashing their target of 85 miles. Thank you to everyone that participated.

Pulse team on Cycle around the Globe

There’s a wide range of support available for people feeling suicidal or family and friends dealing with suicide bereavement:

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