World Suicide Prevention Day

School News 8th Sep 2020

Every year, suicide is among the top 20 leading causes of death globally, for people of all ages.

It is responsible for over 800,000 deaths, which equates to one suicide every 40 seconds. The Mental Health Support Team want to raise awareness and open a conversation. After all, a conversation can be all it takes to change a life. Take 5 minutes to become informed, and become part of a worldwide movement to save lives.

www.take5tosavelives.org/

Need to talk?
Shout 24 hour text crisis service: 85258
Samaritans 24 hour telephone advice line: 116 123
Alternatively, you can email:  jo@samaritans.org

 

Talking to children about suicide: Top tips

  • Suicide can be a tricky subject to address with children. If it has not touched their life, there is no need to discuss it with them.
  • If someone they know has died by suicide, or if they have questions regarding suicide, have an open and honest conversation with them.
  • Keep it simple and stick to the basics.
  • Allow them to guide the conversation by answering their questions.
  • Avoid overwhelming them with too much information.
  • For older children, find out what they already know and what their own beliefs are.

If you are worried about your child’s mental health, talk to your GP or contact the Here4You Line: 01522 309120

 

For bereavement support, see:

www.winstonswish.org

www.cruse.org.uk

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