Today is World Suicide Prevention Day, and I’ve been asked several times about whether there’s anything you can do to mark the day.
If you have social media, such as Facebook and Twitter please get involved using the hashtag#WSPD or you can use the alternative #WSPD15 – people are using both 🙂 The theme of today (worldwide) is ‘Preventing Suicide: Reaching Out and Saving Lives’. It seems some people will be wearing orange, some people will be lighting candles at 8pm and the underlying theme is to check in on someone that you care about – if you yourself are struggling then I reckon its the perfect day to plan some time where you can practice self-care, do something that lets you relax and is enjoyable.
Also, if you wish to get a little more active then I did a websearch and found this:
‘World Suicide Day – Cycle Around the Globe’. (You can read more here)https://www.iasp.info/wspd/cycle_around_the_globe.php
Suicide is such a sensitive, real and yet taboo subject – and who knows who you could encourage to speak out just by showing support? For me it is so so important to encourage others who may be struggling or feeling very overwhelmed – I know how difficult it can be to reach out to others and talk about things such as mental wellbeing and suicidal thoughts – but there is no time like the present to help others reach out and get the support they need! So, if you do anything today then please reach out to someone – whether your struggling yourself, you think they may be struggling or simply to start a conversation that helps to break down stigma.