There are 4,500 suicides each year in England, and around 13 people end their life every day. Men are 3 times more likely to die by suicide than women, and suicide is the leading cause of death in men under 50. Suicide is also a leading cause of death in young people. Would you know what to do if someone told you they planned to end their own life?
Today the government launched the first ever cross-government suicide prevention plan. It's very welcome, and long over-due... and its full of good stuff! Focusing on how social media and the latest technology can identify those most at risk, the plan also addresses the specific needs of high risk groups, including middle-aged men, and commits to improving research on things that can be linked to suicide, such as debt and gambling addiction.
However, did you know that YOU could also be at the front line in suicide prevention?
Mental health first aid is a training course which teaches people how to identify, understand and help someone who may be experiencing a mental health issue. It will teach you to listen, reassure and respond, even in a suicidal crisis.
Those who have participated in a MHFA course often comment how difficult it can feel to embark on a conversation about suicide, even raising concerns that in doing so they might encourage someone. However, what research has shown is that this isn't the case.
Empower yourself and others with the skills and information you need to support those most in need and sign up for a mental health first aid course today.