Wrexham AFC are supporting the raising of awareness regarding suicide by promoting World Suicide Prevention Day.
Suicide prevention remains a universal challenge with the World Health Organisation estimating over 800,000 people worldwide take their own lives, one person every 40 seconds.
Sadly, the suicide rate for both men and women in England and Wales in 2019 was the highest for two decades. Data from the Office for National Statistics (ONS), reports over 5,000 suicides registered, with an age-standardised rate of 11 deaths per 100,000 population with over 4,300 men and 1,300 women taking their lives.
The effects of lockdown due to the COVID-19 pandemic over the last 6 months has led to many people experiencing thoughts of suicide as social isolation and fears for the future have been magnified.
Is your life in danger? If you have seriously harmed yourself – for example, by taking a drug overdose – call 999 for an ambulance or go straight to A&E. Or ask someone else to call 999 or take you to A&E.
If you're feeling like you want to die, it's important to tell someone. Help and support is available right now if you need it. You do not have to struggle with difficult feelings alone.
Below is a link for C.A.L.L helpline who offer emotional support and information/literature on Mental Health and related matters to the people of Wales.
Call: 0800 132 737
Or text help to 81066
Other free helplines are there to help when you're feeling down or desperate. Unless it says otherwise, they're open 24 hours a day, every day.
Samaritans – for everyone
Call: 116 123
Campaign Against Living Miserably (CALM) – for men
Call: 0800 58 58 58 – 5pm to midnight every day
Papyrus – for people under 35.
Call 0800 068 41 41 – Monday to Friday 9am to 10pm, weekends and bank holidays 2pm to 10pm
Childline – for children and young people under 19
Call 0800 1111 – the number will not show up on your phone bill.
Talk to someone you trust, let family or friends know what's going on for you. They may be able to offer support and help keep you safe. There's no right or wrong way to talk about suicidal feelings – starting the conversation is what's important.
Who else you can contact?
If you find it difficult to talk to someone you know, you could:
- Call a GP – ask for an emergency appointment
- Call 111 out of hours – they will help you find the support and help you need
- Contact your mental health crisis team – if you have one
Tips for coping right now:
- Try not to think about the future – just focus on getting through today
- Stay away from drugs and alcohol
- Get yourself to a safe place, like a friend's house
- Be around other people
- Do something you usually enjoy, such as spending time with a pet
Worried about someone else?
If you're worried about someone, try to get them to talk to you. Ask open-ended questions like: "How do you feel about...?"
Do not worry about having the answers, just listening to what someone has to say and taking it seriously can be more helpful.
Planning on how to manage a mental health crisis can be helpful. Click Here for more information.