World Suicide Preventation Day - Saturday 10 September

09/09/2011

World Suicide Preventation Day - Saturday 10 September

World Suicide Prevention Day

10 September is World Suicide Prevention Day, and is an opportunity to highlight this important issue. In 2010, 313 deaths in Northern Ireland were registered as suicide, and on average someone in the world takes their own life every 40 seconds.

The Western Health and Social Care Trust is working locally to tackle this issue, as a member of the Western Suicide Strategy Implementation Group (WSSIG) which includes statutory and voluntary organisations. The group works together to co-ordinate services, raise awareness, provide training, identify and share good practice.

Walk Out Of Darkness Into The Dawn

To raise awareness, and mark World Suicide Prevention Day, members of WSSIG will be taking part in a series of walks at dawn on Saturday 10 September in Belfast.

There are six main points of departure:

Stormont

Leaving @ 4.30am

FASA 178 Shankill Rd        

Leaving @ 5.15am

PIPS Estorial Park Ardoyne 

Leaving @ 4.45am

Belfast LBGT Waring ST

Leaving @ 5.15am

Lighthouse Duncairn Gardens     

Leaving @ 5.15am

 Suicide Awareness & Support Falls Road

Leaving @ 5.15am

The walks will converge at Belfast City Hall where there will be a programme commencing at 6am hosted by the Lord Mayor.  If you are an early riser, why not come along and mark this important occasion. If you cannot attend the walk why not place a candle or lamp in your window at 8pm 10th September 2011 to show your support for families who have lost a loved one to suicide.

For more information about World Suicide Prevention day go to iasp.info/wspd


Facts about suicide

  • Men are 3 times more likely to take their own life than women
  • Young men 15-34  years are particularly at risk
  • Risk declines with age
  • Women are more at risk of self-harming
  • People with mental illness are at greater risk of both self-harm and suicide.  However most people who self-harm or take their own lives do not have a diagnosable mental illness.

 

Need help or advice?

If you are thinking about suicide or worried about someone you know, help is available.  Listed below are some of the organisations that can provide help, advice or just someone to talk to.

Lifeline

0808 808 8000

Family Liaison Service

028 7132 0138

Zest

028 7126 6999

Youthlife

028 7137 7227

Aware Defeat Depression

028 7126 0602

Samaritans

08457 909090