Today is World Suicide Prevention Day, an important time when we can all come together and highlight the life-saving services that are available for anyone going through a difficult time in their life.
But it’s clear that, especially in light of the recent ONS report on suicide which marked the first increase in the rate of suicide in the UK since 2013, we need to make suicide prevention a daily priority. We all have a role to play in pushing for a more open society in which people feel able to seek support at the earliest possible stage – and the time to act is now.
Everyone should be able to ask for the help they need, no matter who they are, where they’re from, and whatever their background. So here’s a few things we can all do to look after ourselves, our mates, and, well, everyone.
1. Share this video
Last year CALM answered over 100,000 calls and webchats through our free and anonymous services, and directly prevented 675 suicides. Share this video and help to raise awareness of our life-saving services. Find it on Twitter, Facebook and Instagram
2. Walk Against Suicide
When it hurts we talk. When the clocks go back we walk. 11pm on Saturday 26 October: Time to unite against suicide.
Join us this October as we walk across London to campaign against feeling rubbish, against struggling in silence, against being alone, against living miserably. Find out more here.
3. Join A Collective
At CALM we believe in getting people together around the things they love. That’s why we’ve set up collectives – spaces for passionate people to get together online and IRL to connect. So far we’ve got The Running Collective, The Cycling Collective and the Art Collective – and there are more on the way. Check them out, and help to create supportive and proactive communities around stuff you care about.
Got a hobby? Always wanted to bungee jumping out of a plane or dirt bike across a desert? Do it for CALM. Our supporters get up to all kinds of eye-brow raising activities every day across to raise awareness for CALM. Whatever you’re thinking, we want to hear it. Get involved here:
5. Join CALM
Join #TeamCALM and be part of a movement against suicide. You’ll get the latest news straight to your inbox, the inside scoop on campaigns, and the chance to be part of some amazing events – all while helping to raise awareness of suicide and suicide prevention.
Need support? Worried about someone? CALM’s helpline and webchat are open daily 5pm-midnight. Get access here.
Have you been affected by suicide? The Support After Suicide Partnership is a hub for anyone bereaved or affected by suicide, where you can find emotional and practical support.
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