For World Suicide Prevention Day - 10th September - Samaritans are providing tips on how to look after each other
To mark World Suicide Prevention Day (10th September), we're encouraging people in Great Yarmouth and the surrounding area not to be afraid to talk about suicidal thoughts and feelings if they are worried about someone.
With the cost of living rising sharply, following an incredibly challenging few years, people may find themselves or loved ones feeling more worried or anxious, we're trying to reduce the stigma around suicide and urging people to look out for each other.
To help initiate conversations around suicidal thoughts, Samaritans has suggested asking direct questions including ‘Have you thought about ending your life?’ and ‘Are you saying that you want to die?’, as well as providing new tips and assets - available here.
If someone is feeling suicidal, they might be distant or distracted or feel disconnected. Asking someone directly if they're having suicidal thoughts can give them the chance to tell you how they feel.
Phil, a listening volunteer at Great Yarmouth
Evidence shows that asking someone if they’re suicidal doesn’t make things worse, it can protect people, as it provides a crucial opportunity to open up, express their feelings and seek help.
Life for a lot of people is tough right now, and no-one should feel ashamed about sharing what's challenging them or feel like there's no one they can turn to
Jude, Branch Director at Great Yarmouth Samaritans