Delta Capita does everything we can to support our employees with physical and mental well-being, including those facing mental health issues. On 10th September it was World Suicide Prevention Day. It's crucial to raise awareness about this topic and work to reduce stigmas around it. In this article by Tamara Friedman, she looks at ways we can all contribute to suicide prevention and support.
Tamara joined Delta Capita as an Analyst in February 2022. Before joining Delta Capita, she completed her Masters at Imperial College London.
It is estimated that over 700,000 people worldwide lose their lives to suicide each year, with many more who attempt it or have suicidal ideation. Together, we can prevent suicide, and that is the main message behind World Suicide Prevention Day, recognised each year on 10 September.
The International Association for Suicide Prevention and World Health Organisation established the day in 2003 to reduce stigma and raise awareness about the issue among organisations, governments, and the public.
Breaking the stigma
Suicide is a complex issue, often rooted in combined mental, emotional, and societal factors. It's crucial to understand that every individual struggling with thoughts of suicide deserves compassion, understanding, and support.
One of the most significant barriers to addressing suicide is the stigma associated with mental health. Many people still feel uncomfortable discussing their emotions, fearing judgment or rejection. By promoting open conversations about mental health and encouraging empathy, we can create an environment where seeking help is seen as a sign of strength, not weakness.
Recognising warning signs
Knowing and spotting the warning signs of suicide can be a lifesaver. These signals might include withdrawal from social activities, talking about feeling hopeless, giving away possessions, or sudden mood changes. If you notice any of these in a friend, family member, or yourself, it's important to take them seriously and offer or signpost to support them.
Spreading awareness and resources
We can all play a role in spreading awareness on Suicide Prevention Day and throughout the year. Every effort counts, whether it’s sharing informative posts on social media, participating in local events, or simply having conversations with friends and family. Sharing helpline numbers, crisis resources, and links to mental health organisations can also make a difference to those who need help. Another way to support the cause is by donating to mental health charities such as Mind and CALM.
Supporting friends, colleagues and loved ones
If you suspect someone you know is struggling, reaching out can offer a lifeline. Express your concern, offer a listening ear, and encourage them to seek professional help. You don't need to have all the answers - your presence and willingness to support can make a vital difference.
The importance of professional help
While friends and family can provide crucial support, individuals dealing with suicidal thoughts should seek professional help. Therapists, counsellors, and mental health practitioners are equipped to guide individuals towards coping strategies, treatment, and recovery.
Let’s work together
Suicide Prevention Day is a reminder that our collective efforts can make a positive impact on those who are struggling. By fostering understanding, promoting open conversations, and offering support, we can contribute to a world where every individual feels valued, heard, and understood.
Let's work together to break the stigma, raise awareness, and save lives –and remember, your actions could make all the difference.
Immediate global help for sufferers
If you or anyone you know is struggling or in crisis and needs to talk now, there are many free, confidential helplines and hotlines around the world staffed by trained professionals ready to listen without judgment. There are also many more local resources for those struggling with suicidal thoughts - for example, in the UK, US, and Germany. Click here to see the many helplines you can reach out to for support.