World suicide prevention 2021
On world suicide prevention day and every day, let's explore what we can do to help reduce the number of people who die by suicide.
It is essential if you are reading this and having thoughts of suicide that you speak to someone.
The Samaritans are there 24/7 365 Tel No 116 123
There have been so many challenges in people's lives before the pandemic, and for many, the pandemic and moving back into the new normal has added even more.
Sometimes people can feel so overwhelmed by challenges that they consider suicide. Perhaps not wanting to die, but not wanting the situation they are in to continue.
The risk is that thinking about suicide becomes planning how to kill ourselves, becomes acting on those thoughts. We are more at risk if we adopt unhealthy coping strategies such as alcohol, making us do something impulsively.
So please, if you find you are having thoughts of suicide, avoid using alcohol, or if you have issues with alcohol misuse, seek advice on how to keep safe.
Maybe we have adopted an unhealthy coping strategy with gambling and don't see a way out, so think about suicide. On world suicide prevention day, we raise awareness of the lives lost to suicide through gambling harms and the support for bereaved families. We have also included links to other supports at the bottom of this piece if you or a loved one are affected by gambling harm.
This is why it matters we reach out and connect with someone as soon as that thought comes into our minds. Prevention includes early intervention, not waiting until the crisis is reached but acting as soon as we recognise, our life may be at risk of suicide.
Sometimes it can take time to access the support we need.
It is out there. Sometimes we need to look for it. But we don't need to look alone. As soon as you recognise your thinking of suicide, talk to someone about it as you do matter. Sometimes the challenges we face we don't see a way through. This is why sharing how we feel matters, as it helps us hold to life and hope.
There are many peer support groups now established who also are there for us when we need them. In a way, we can be there for others when they need us. E.g. https://mindthemen.co.uk/ also https://touchedbysuicidescotland.org/ a self-help organisation for those bereaved by suicide.
We have also included a wee postcard with tips on never losing hope and some other numbers which you may find helpful.
Please remember, you matter, and people do care. That's why pieces like this and the services shared exist. Even when it feels like we are alone, we are not.
There is still kindness and hope in the world.