Today, Thursday 10th September is World Suicide Awareness Day and for the many people who may be feeling depressed or vulnerable, now more than ever is a time to say there is help and support out there no matter what has led to you feeling this way.
Being distracted from suicidal thoughts and engaging in activities to take time away from the difficulties can also help to lift the mood for those with suicidal thoughts at whatever level or intensity. For those of us not feeling distressed, being able to make connections with someone we think may be struggling, to give someone the opportunity to share with us how they are feeling, can really help.
In Wood Green from March to now, a number of people have been supported after being found by staff or members of the public within areas of the Town Centre trying to commit suicide and thankfully all where supported and got the help they needed.
If you need support, help or just feel you need to talk to someone, there are different organisations which are out there which are awaiting you to contact them.
SUPPORT AND HELPLINES
Below are just a few of the organisation which are available to those who may be having suicide thoughts or are those who are worried about friends or family.
National Suicide Prevention Awareness Organisation
The National Suicide Prevention Alliance (NSPA) is an alliance of public, private and voluntary organisations in England who care about suicide prevention and are willing to take individual and collective action to reduce suicide and support those bereaved or affected by suicide.
The National Health Service Choices website has information, guidance and links to others who support those with Suicide thoughts.
The Samaritans operate a dedicated 24 hour helpline for those who have suicide thoughts
Shout is the first UK organisation to provide a free 24 hour text service for anyone of any age to get in touch. More information at giveusashout.org
Childline is there for any young person to get in touch for any reason to talk to about any issues including suicide. There are a range of ways of getting into contact including visiting their website at childline.org.uk where you can use their 1-2-1 chat, Ask Sam feature or drop them a email. You can also call them for free 24 hours a day.
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