10-Sep-2019

World Suicide Prevention Day

Today is World Suicide Prevention Day and here at McGinley, in partnership with The Mental Health Foundation, we want to issue an important reminder that everyone can make a difference to others who have reached the point of wanting to end their lives.

A short conversation with another person can sometimes be enough to make a difference.

The acronym ‘WAIT’ is a good way to remember how you can support another person who may be suicidal. It stands for:

Don't forget to look after your own wellbeing after having a difficult conversation. You can call Samaritans for free, at any time (24/7) on 116 123. They are there to listen to you. You can also email jo@samaritans.org

Seek help for yourself

If you yourself are feeling like ending your life, please call 999 or go to A&E and ask for the contact of the nearest crisis resolution team. These are teams of mental health care professionals who work with people in severe distress.

Other sources of help include:

  • Samaritans: a 24-hours a day, 7 days a week support service. Call them FREE on 116 123. You can also email jo@samaritans.org
  • Papyrus: a dedicated service for people up to the age of 35 who are worried about how they are feeling or anyone concerned about a young person. You can call the HOPElineUK number on 0800 068 4141, text 07786 209697 or email pat@papyrus-uk.org
  • NHS Choices: 24-hour national helpline providing health advice and information. Call them free on 111. 
  • A.L.M.: National helpline for men to talk about any troubles they are feeling. Call 0800 58 58 58.
  • Support After Suicide Partnership: practical and emotional support on their website for people bereaved and affected by suicide.