Thank you to everyone who supported this campaign. We are no longer distributing campaign display packs on this topic, but you are very welcome to use the downloadable materials available on this webpage to continue supporting this health awareness topic.

Light a Candle at 8 PM on World Suicide Prevention Day e-cards or postcards in English

Campaign Summary

In England, nearly 100 people a week died by suicide in 2015. Suicide is the biggest killer of people under the age of 35 and the biggest killer of men under the age of 50.[i]

Suicide can be a taboo topic. Often, people who are feeling suicidal don’t want to worry or burden anyone with how they feel and so they don’t discuss it. But, by asking someone directly about suicide, you give them permission to tell you how they feel. People who have felt suicidal will often say what a huge relief it was to be able to talk about what they were experiencing. Once someone starts talking they’ve got a better chance of discovering options that aren’t suicide.[ii]

Bradford Council and the local CCGs and NHS trusts have adopted a zero suicide approach. This approach, led by the Zero Suicide Alliance, believes that no deaths by suicide that should be regarded as either acceptable or inevitable. Zero Suicide Alliance have FREE suicide prevention training which could help you to save a life and become better prepared to help someone with suicidal thoughts. The training is suitable for all adults, lasts about 15-20 minutes, and can be accessed via their website at https://zerosuicidealliance.com/ [iii]

[i] https://www.wyhpartnership.co.uk/application/files/7015/1125/6462/0192_West_Yorkshire_STP_PRINT.PDF
[ii] https://www.samaritans.org/how-we-can-help/support-and-information/worried-about-someone-else/myths-about-suicide/
[iii] https://www.zerosuicidealliance.com/faqs/

 

Local Support and Further Information

To find out more about this campaign, and to see local support available, please view our campaign briefing sheet.

 

Digital Resources

Below we have a section of digital leaflets and posters discussing suicide risk. These resources can be downloaded or viewed online for free and are all from reliable sources.

Leaflets
Conversation Starters – Papyrus
How To Support Someone Who Feels Suicidal – MIND
How to Cope With Suicidal Thoughts – MIND
Finding the Words: How to Support Someone Who Has Been Bereaved and Affected by Suicide – CALM and UCL
Suicidal Thoughts Factsheet – Rethink Mental Illness
Talking to Someone Who Might Be Suicidal – Zero Suicide Alliance
Online Bullying: Help and Advice for Parents and Caregivers – Papyrus
Online Bullying: Help and Advice for Children and Young People – Papyrus
How to Look After Your Mental Health in Later Life – Mental Health Foundation
How to Look After Your Mental Health – Mental Health Foundation
Help is At Hand: Support After Someone May Have Died By Suicide – Public Health England

 

Posters
Depression: The Warning Signs – Charlie Waller Memorial Trust
One Life Lost Is One Too Many… Take The Training – Zero Suicide Alliance
It’s Okay to Be Me – On My Mind at Anna Freud Centre
No Silence Please Exam Stress – Papyrus
The Silver Line Helpline for Older People – The Silver Line