Suicide Prevention Day 2020: working together to prevent suicide

Today is World Suicide Prevention Day and we’re being encouraged by the International Association for Suicide Prevention (IASP) to work together on mental health to prevent suicide.

In 2018 deaths by suicide rose by 10.9% in the the UK. That meant that there were 6,507 suicides in the UK in 2018.


IASP is encouraging us all to:

  • Be open to talking about suicide & mental health with others
  • Raise awareness
  • Increase our knowledge
  • Debunk myths and stigma
  • Reach out to someone who may be struggling


StepCloser is a film that gives an opportunity to think about our connections, to empower discussions and reduce stigma. Through working together, we could shift the balance and save lives.

As we adapt to a world altered by COVID-19 our levels of isolation, distress and anxiety may increase. Connections with others are vital for our mental health and wellbeing.

Maybe by taking a minute to ask some how they’re feeling you could make a crucial difference.

Free distRACT app

The NHS has launched distrACT – a free smartphone app giving people quick access to local support, self-help and advice about self-harm and suicidal thoughts.

The app also has a Chill Zone to help your mental wellbeing, including music, films, stories and videos.

DistrACT is available as a free download on the Apple App Store and the Google Play Store.

Help is at hand

Whatever you’re going through, you can call the Samaritans for free on 116 123.

And don’t forget that the Training Now safeguarding team is always on hand, should you need us:

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