10th September is World Suicide Prevention Day where organisations and communities around the world come together to raise awareness of how we can create a world where fewer people die by suicide.

Each year has a different theme and focus, to bring to light a specific aspect of suicide prevention, and this year it is ‘Working Together to Prevent Suicide’.

With the added and ongoing stresses and wide impact of the Covid-19 situation, it’s more important than ever to be aware of the risks. The Warning Signs campaign explains how to spot signs that someone you know might be struggling, and offers guidance on how you can help. If you’ve thought about suicide or you’re worried about someone, visit and explore www.preventingsuicideinsussex.org for advice and links to specialist help.

The website has important tips for coping, pointing out that although “you may be struggling at the moment and feel trapped”, you need to remember that:
• It’s ok to ask for help. There are people who can listen, help and support you through this.
• You won’t always feel this bad. How you’re feeling at the moment will pass.
• Thoughts are only thoughts – you don’t need to follow them. There are many ways to manage suicidal thoughts other than harming yourself.

There are also some excellent practical tips on the site so it’s worth a visit.

Everyone who is contemplating suicide themselves, or knows someone who they think might be contemplating suicide, needs to have these contact details handy:

You can phone 
• Sussex Mental Healthline 0300 500 101 (24 hours a day, 7 days a week)
• The Samaritans 116123 (24 hours a day, 7 days a week)
• C.A.L.M. 0800 58 58 58 from 5pm to midnight
You can text
• SHOUT to 85258

For children
• Childline 0800 1111 (24 hours a day, 7 days a week)
• Papyrus 0800 068 4141

And don’t forget, you can always phone 999 or go to A&E.

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