Today, September 10th 2018, is ‘World Suicide Prevention Day’.
The national Suicide Prevention Campaign ‘Little Things’ has three core messages:
- It’s okay not to be okay;
- there are little things that you can do for yourself and for other people; and
- help is at hand by calling Samaritans free listening service on 116 123 or by visiting yourmentalhealth.ie
Suicide is a community issue and is everyone’s business. No one should suffer alone and together we can fight suicide and reach out to others when they are in need.
If a friend or family member is going through a difficult time, offering a listening ear when they need to talk will make a big difference for them and for you. It can be a huge relief for the other person to know you are there. They may feel such relief that the problem may resolve itself by talking it out with you. People often want to talk but find it hard to start the conversation.
If you are worried that someone is thinking about suicide, don’t be afraid to ask the direct question – are they suicidal? The best you can do is to listen to them without judgement or blame.
Remember that there are many other supports and services available if you are struggling with your mental health.