Lancashire Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust is supporting a national campaign to raise awareness of suicide and encourage people to talk to prevent suicide.
Around the world, someone dies by suicide every 40 seconds. To raise awareness and to remember those that have died and are bereaved by suicide, people are being encouraged to participate in a 40 second silence across Lancashire and South Cumbria on 10 September at 11.40am.
In Lancashire and South Cumbria the suicide rates are the third highest in England (source). To address this, a partnership of NHS, local authority, police, public sector, education and businesses is working to reduce suicide and demonstrate that we all can make a difference.
World Suicide Prevention Day will mark the launch of a campaign to tackle male suicide. Let’s Talk to Prevent Male Suicide will encourage businesses and communities across Lancashire and South Cumbria to support managers, colleagues, family and friends to talk to prevent suicide. Suicide is a global phenomenon affecting everyone, but it is the biggest killer of men under age 49.
A 40 second period of silence will be held to mark World Suicide Prevention Day to mark the fact that someone dies by suicide every 40 seconds, around the world. This equates to 3,000 a day or 800,000 people a year. For every suicide, there are 20 suicide attempts - one every 3 seconds.
Louise Thomas, Suicide Prevention Lead for Lancashire and South Cumbria Integrated Care System, said: “We know that suicide is a complex issue and it is vital for people to come together and recognise that suicide prevention is everyone’s business. Men are three times more likely to die by suicide than women – and listening is more powerful than you think. By bringing people together we hope to raise awareness and encourage people to talk about suicide.”
If you are struggling to cope then you can call Samaritans on 116 123.