Every year on September 10th, the world comes together to observe World Suicide Prevention Day. This day serves as a reminder of the pressing need to address one of the most complex and heart-wrenching issues facing our global community – suicide. While it's a somber occasion, it also presents an opportunity to raise awareness, share resources, and encourage open conversations about mental health. Through collective efforts, we can help prevent this tragic loss of life and provide support to those who are struggling.
Research from Mental Health UK states Suicide is the single biggest killer of men under the age of 45 in the country, but suicides among teenage girls and young women have almost doubled in recent years. According to the World Health Organization (WHO), nearly 800,000 people die by suicide each year, making it a leading cause of death globally.
World Suicide Prevention Day plays a crucial role in raising awareness about the importance of mental health and the need for early intervention. Our partner, Mid and North East Essex Mind, know how important it is to understand, raise awareness and give support to those living with mental health problems.
Each year, 1 in 4 people will experience a mental health problem; Mid and North East Essex Mind exist to make sure nobody has to face this alone across Essex.
As the leading local mental health charity, Mid and North East Essex Mind understands what is needed when it comes to providing mental health training. Their goal is to provide local businesses, community groups and charitable organisations with the support they need to better support employees facing mental health challenges and how to best manage these in the workplace with regular free training sessions on how to develop skills in recognising the signs that someone may be at risk of suicide.
You can play make a smile lottery to help those facing mental health issues. From your very first game, you will be helping Mid and North East Essex Mind to raise vital funds. £100 provides a Suicide Awareness Training Session for up to 16 people. This essential training could easily save someone’s life and really could make all the difference to someone in their darkest hour.