World Suicide Prevention Day - It's okay not to be okay.

Posted by Ellie Buckley, Marketing and Events Executive, Tuesday September 10 2019

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World Suicide Prevention Day.

Why is this so important?

The answer to this is because suicide is responsible for 800,000 deaths, this means that someone commits suicide every 40 seconds, putting suicide among the top 20 leading causes of death globally for people of all ages. For every suicide committed there are 25 suicide attempts made.

Suicide has staggering effects on the people around the individual, whether this is their partner, child, parent, friend or colleague. ‘For each suicide, approximately 135 people suffer intense grief or are otherwise affected. This amounts to 108 million people a year.’

Suicide can be a result of many different factors, whether this is a mixture of genetic, psychological, social, cultural or other risk factors. Sometimes these can also be combined with experiences of trauma and loss. Suicide prevention experts face a multitude of challenges regarding individuals who take their own lives. To overcome this we must adopt a multilevel and cohesive approach.

‘Preventing suicide is often possible and you are a key player in its prevention!’ To do this you don’t necessarily have to do something extraordinary, you can raise awareness about the issue, you can educate yourself and others about the causes of suicide and warning signs, you can show compassion and care for those in distress, you can question the stigma, and share your experiences.

Helping to prevent suicide does take work but the benefits are priceless to not only those in distress but also those around them. Suicide prevention requires the efforts of many, therefore the more people who get involved in suicide prevention the more of an effect it will make. ‘Research suggests that suicide prevention efforts will be much more effective if they span multiple levels and incorporate multiple interventions.

Everyone can contribute to preventing suicide. Here at Reuben Sinclair, we have introduced well-being flexi hours. This means that everyone no matter what level can take 1 hour, twice a week for well-being. Whether this is to go to the gym, meditate, play sport, do yoga, etc.… We believe that exercise has a positive effect on an individual’s mental health.

Everyone can do their part and this is just the first step Reuben Sinclair is taking to help tackle mental health issues.

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