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Every 40 seconds somebody commits Suicide Today is World Suicide Prevention Day

By suesmith, Sep 10 2019 04:33AM

An average of 3000 people commit suicide each day. That’s one million people dying every year from a preventable cause. For each of these, more than 20 people may attempt to end their lives. Today is World Suicide Prevention Day.

Since 2003, the day has been observed annually on 10th September to promote worldwide action in the prevention of suicide.

We need to be able to talk openly and honestly about our feelings especially if feeling suicidal and this day gives us the opportunity some of us may need to do just that.

So please talk to somebody, preferably not on social media but face to face, and if somebody wants to talk to you remember to listen. Do not be judgemental when listening, show empathy with gentle questioning and ‘sign-post’ the person to a professional if possible. It is so easy sometimes to say, ‘You should talk to ….’, ‘You should do this, or you should do that’, or ‘If I were you I would do this or that’, or worse ‘Pull yourself together’, or ‘Just go and get smashed’, or go in to sign posting somebody too quickly, ‘Go and see somebody else’. Because if you tell somebody who has opened up to you to go elsewhere it is a type of rejection, you are saying that you cannot help them.

But taking time to listen is a great help, and they chose you remember so remember how important it is to just listen.

Far better to listen and try to understand, and ask the person’s permission before you give advice. Far better to say ‘How do you feel now you have talked about it?’ ‘Would you like my advice?’ Then you can sign post them to professionals such as the G.P, Samaritans, Help lines, or counselling services etc’ But first and foremost take time to listen as it takes a lot of courage for somebody to open up and start talking about their feelings, and if they have chosen you to confide in, then accept that and take that time to actively listen.

World Suicide Prevention Day is advocating people to ‘Take 40 Seconds’ to think about reaching out to somebody to talk about your problem.

A large contributor in the decision to take one’s life is the feeling that our problems are insurmountable. You may be afraid to talk about what's going on in your life or think that no one is listening or will not care. Sometimes what we need is re-education to cultivate the ability to listen to other people's problems, and let them be truly heard, or work on our own mind, so that we are better equipped to handle the issues that modern living presents to us.

On World Suicide Prevention Day, the World Health Organisation are launching a “40 seconds of action” campaign to raise awareness of the scale of suicide around the world and the role that each of us can play to help prevent it.

For more information go to the World Health Organisation Website. Take just 40 seconds today to learn more.

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