World suicide prevention day

Suicide is a growing problem – every 40 seconds someone takes their own life according to the World Health Organization (WHO). That’s about 800,000 people worldwide every year.

How to help someone in a crisis:

  1. Ask direct questions Even though it’s hard, ask a person directly if they’re thinking about suicide.
  2. Listen to their answers People with suicidal thoughts often feel alone, so be sure to let them know that you care deeply about what they have to say.
  3. Do a safety check – If you’re concerned for their well-being, try removing anything they could use to harm themselves, such as alcohol, drugs, medications, weapons, and even access to a car.
  4. Don’t keep this a secret – Let them know you’ll help come up with a plan that involves telling a professional who can utilise the many services and resources available to help.
  5. Ensure they seek professional help – Unless you work in the mental health sector, it’s important to suggest they seek additional help from other people, such as a doctor, counsellor, psychologist or social worker.

For support call Samaritans on 116 123 for free, 24 hours a day. For information visit