Organised by the International Association for Suicide Prevention (IASP) and co-sponsored by bodies including the World Health organisation (WHO), today, 10 September 2020, is World Suicide Prevention Day, a day dedicated to raising awareness around the globe that suicide can be prevented.
Suicide affects people of all ages, socioeconomic backgrounds, professions, religious backgrounds and ethnicities.
According to The Samaritans latest Suicide Statistics Report (available HERE from our website):
• In 2018, 6507 suicides were registered in the UK ( to put this in perspective, 1770 people were killed in road traffic accidents)
• Suicide is three times more common among men than women
• Suicide rates increased by 10.9%, 11% increase for men and 10.2% for women between 2017 and 2018
• Suicide is the biggest killer of young people. In 2018, 759 people between the ages of 16-24 took their own life
• The highest suicide rate in the UK in 2018 was for men aged 45-49
• Female suicide rates increased by 5.4% between 2017-2018
• Up to half of those who take their own lives have attempted suicide before
Despite these figures suicide remains very stigmatised and misunderstood, and it is preventable.
Retra Associate Members retailTRUST have put together a complete section on their website designed to increase our understanding of suicide and help us all explore positive ways in which we can recognise signs and respond to someone who may be feeling suicidal.
Included within the content is a short eLearning module which uses scenario-based learning to increase awareness and understanding of suicide.
In recognition of World Suicide Prevention Day we’d like to use this space on our news pages to recommend, both Retra Members and non-members alike, to please visit the retailTRUST webpages and spend a few minutes reading through the content. Links to further help and advice, plus a wealth of articles on how to recognise and deal with the common factors behind suicide, are available from the website.
You can visit retailTRUST’s suicide awareness webpages by clicking HERE.