World Suicide Prevention Day (WSPD) 2022 takes place on Saturday, September 10.
This event was first introduced by the International Association of Suicide Prevention.
The theme for 2022 is Creating Hope through Action.
In Ireland, this is an important theme that is reflected in our national strategy to reduce suicide, Connecting for Life.
WSPD is a time when we can spread a message of hope to others.
Even though suicide is a very complex issue, we can always look out for others who might be experiencing suicidal thoughts, and provide support.
This helps to create a more caring society where those who need to, feel more comfortable in seeking help.
A key message of the day is to encourage people to know where to turn for help.
Get to know what mental health supports and services are available, and tell more people about them. Speak with a GP about what might be available locally. Tell your family, your friends, your colleagues – you never know when someone might need them. Many are open 24/7 and you can make contact in different ways, for example:
- on the phone – Samaritans, visit www.samaritans.ie or freephone 116 123
- by text message – Text50808, text HELLO to 50808
- online – MyMind, visit www.mymind.org
- face-to-face – Pieta, visit www.pieta.ie or freephone 1800 247 247
You can also call the HSE YourMentalHealth Information Line, anytime day or night, for information on what other services and supports are available near you – freephone 1800 111 888 or visit www.yourmentalhealth.ie
Remember if you, or someone you know is at immediate risk of harm, go to or call the emergency department of your local general hospital. You can also contact emergency services on 112 or 999 anytime, day or night.