Suicides are more prevalent among men than women in Essex and the most vulnerable age group is men between the ages of 35 and 64.
10 September is World Suicide Prevention Day – an annual event to raise awareness of the 800,000 suicides worldwide every year.
Epping Forest District Council is part of the West Essex Stay Safe team which is today launching a ‘call to action’ of partner organisations in the area to not only raise awareness of suicides, but also to encourage people to talk about suicide and feel confident in doing so.
- Suicide is among the top 20 causes of death globally
- 135 relatives, friends, colleagues, are profoundly affected by each suicide
- Everyone can make a contribution to preventing suicide
Everyone can help
“Don’t be afraid to approach someone you think isn’t coping. Just showing that you care will be a positive step towards supporting them,” said Cllr Sam Kane, Portfolio Holder for Safer, Greener and Transport.
“You don’t have to be able to solve their problems but if you feel you can, offer support and encourage them to talk about how they’re feeling. Ask direct questions and don’t be afraid of frank discussions. Many people do want a chance to talk but don’t want to burden anyone around them.”
Organisations providing support
- Essex Safeguarding Children Board (ESCB)
- World Suicide Prevention Day
- The Big White Wall