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World Suicide Prevention Day 2021

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Published 09/09/2021
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World Suicide Prevention Day takes place on 10th September every year to raise awareness of suicide prevention. Organisations and communities from around the world join together for the cause in the hopes that raising awareness of suicide prevention will lead to a world where fewer people die by suicide. In 2018, over 6,800 people in the UK and Republic of Ireland died by suicide, while one in every 100 deaths worldwide is the result of suicide.

By raising awareness, these organisations hope to reduce the stigma around mental illness and suicide, leading to reduced numbers of suicides and attempted suicides globally.

A different theme is chosen every year, each highlighting a different aspect of suicide prevention. This year’s theme is ‘Creating Hope Through Action’, to remind us that our actions, no matter how big or small they are, could provide hope to people who are struggling.

Samaritans are one of the organisations taking part in World Suicide Prevention Day, and they have come up with some tips to help you remain hopeful:

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1. Going on a walk with a friend
The last year has shown how much of a positive impact going for regular walks can have on our mental health. Going for a walk with a friend or family member is a great way to boost our overall mood and wellbeing.

2. Keeping a gratitude journal
Just the act of writing down things we are thankful for can do wonders for our mental health, and is a great way to build optimism.

3. Pause and reflect
It is easy to become overwhelmed by our feelings, so it is important to pause for a moment and reflect, helping us prioritise and manage our thoughts.


If you’d like more information or want to know how you can help, follow the links below:
www.samaritans.org/scotland/support-us/campaign/world-suicide-prevention-day/
www.iasp.info/wspd2021/

Thank you for reading.

If you or someone you know are struggling with suicidal thoughts, remember you are not alone. You can call Samaritans any time, day or night, on 116 123, or email jo@samaritans.org
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