Creating hope through action for World Suicide Prevention Day

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Published Friday, 10th September 2021

Each year World Suicide Prevention Day falls on the 10 September and is organised by the International Association for Suicide Prevention and the World Health Organisation.

This year’s theme is Creating Hope through Action. The aim is to create a movement of preventative action. Preventing suicide is often possible and we can all make a difference.
Here in Sutton, the Sutton Safeguarding Adults Board, Sutton Council and Public Health arranged a conference which took place earlier this morning. A local resident supported by the Sutton Mental Health Foundation bravely shared her experience - “From Despair to Hope”. Other organisations presenting were:

Here is how you can take part in prevention

  • Ask People how they are - you don’t need to have the answers to their problems, but making time to listen can really help
  • Helping others to seek coping techniques and avoid unhealthy behaviours
  • Spend just 20 minutes to participate in the Zero Suicide Alliance Training

At 8pm this evening, I would urge you to support the Light A Candle Campaign. Lighting a candle is an act of remembrance demonstrating support for suicide prevention, to remember a lost loved one and for the survivors of suicide.

(Remember - do not leave a lighted candle unattended)

Some final messages

  • Suicide is not inevitable, it is preventable.
  • Everyone can help prevent suicides - a little interaction can change a life.
  • It’s ok not to be ok and to seek help for issues that are causing concern.
  • Suicide is not just a mental health issue, it is a public health issue that requires us all to work together.

Cllr Marian James


Suicide facts and figures by the International Association of Suicide Prevention, 2021