World Suicide Prevention Day 2020
September 10th marks World Suicide Prevention Day (WSPD) 2020, an annual awareness day created to establish worldwide commitment and action on suicide prevention.
Here at Northwest Counselling, we believe breaking the silence and stigma surrounding mental ill-health is a vital step towards providing safe and healthy relationships within family and friends this can play a significant role in suicide prevention.
Research suggests that open and honest communication about mental health does support steps towards suicide prevention, because these important conversations have the power to increase awareness and understanding,
remind people they are not alone and help break the stigma which can be a barrier for those seeking help. In light of this, we are encouraging
The 5 Steps Programme: here https://www.mindingyourhead.info/
Connect with the people around you: family, friends, colleagues and neighbours at home, work, school or in your local community. Think of these relationships as the cornerstones of your life and spend time developing them. Building these connections will support and enrich you every day.
Go for a walk or run, cycle, play a game, garden or dance. Exercising makes you feel good. Most importantly, discover a physical activity that you enjoy; one that suits your level of mobility and fitness.
Stop, pause, or take a moment to look around you. What can you see, feel, smell or even taste? Look for beautiful, new, unusual or extraordinary things in your everyday life and think about how that makes you feel.
Don’t be afraid to try something new, rediscover an old hobby or sign up for a course. Take on a different responsibility, fix a bike, learn to play an instrument or how to cook your favourite food. Set a challenge you will enjoy. Learning new things will make you more confident, as well as being fun to do.
Do something nice for a friend or stranger, thank someone, smile, volunteer your time or consider joining a community group. Look out as well as in. Seeing yourself and your happiness linked to the wider community can be incredibly rewarding and will create connections with the people around you.
What support is there in Northern Ireland for Crisis Intervention?As Northwest Counselling is not a crisis intervention charity here is a list of ones that do specialise in this area:
Life line: 0808 808 8000 - 24-hour support for those in distress or despair.
Samaritans helpline: 116 123 - Listening ear to those in distress.
Extern: 0800 085 4808 - Family support, suicide prevention service, and crisis response.
Lighthouse: 028 9075 5070 - Offers support and help for those affected by suicide.
New Life Counselling: 02890 391630 - Counselling support for individuals and families on a range of issues.
PIPS Belfast: 028 9080 5850 - Support to those who have been affected by suicide or considering it.
We would also like to encourage you to seek help from your local GP.