World Suicide Prevention Day – Sunday, 10 September 2023
Every year the Samaritans joins forces with over 70 other suicide prevention and mental health groups under the National Suicide Prevention Alliance (NSPA) to raise awareness of the effect of suicide.
One of the main aims is to educate people with signs that someone may be struggling. This World Suicide Prevention Day, campaigners are highlighting the importance of the language we use when we talk about suicide, especially when asking someone you’re worried about if they’re suicidal.
It’s important to talk and write about suicide safely and responsibly. Using the right language around suicide is key to breaking down stigma. When we use our words carefully, we can create a safe environment for people to open up.
Employers can help by training a staff to become a Mental Health First Aider. People who have been suicidal have often said it is a relief to talk about thoughts they are experiencing. Employers can help by providing an opportunity for staff to be heard, and by being open to discussing mental health, breaking down stigma.
The Samaritans also support workplaces with a range of programmes for a variety of different organisations. The link below will guide you to their vast resources.