World Suicide Prevention Day


World Suicide Prevention Day

10th September World Suicide Prevention Day (WSPD).

CVA sit on the Suicide Prevention and Self Harm Reduction group with Public Health (Cheshire West) and we are committed to promoting the work of the voluntary sector in supporting a Zero Suicide Strategy for Cheshire and Merseyside.

One of our members, You in Mind has written this fantastic blog to highlight why this day is so important. We will also spend the week beginning 10th September highlighting the amazing work of the sector through our twitter page @Chestervol


This annual world day was started by the International Association for Suicide Prevention (IASP) in partnership with the World Health Organisation (WHO) back in 2003. Since then, it has been observed in 70 countries including the UK with over 300 activities being reported every year.

It should be no surprise that WSPD is commemorated worldwide; it is estimated that over 1 million people die from suicide every year, which comes down to one person every 10,000. That means more people die from suicide than murder and war combined.

According to The Samaritans, across the UK and ROI alone, there was a reported 6,639 suicides in 2015. The highest suicide rate in the UK in 2015 was for men aged 40-44. Meanwhile, female suicide rates were at the highest they’ve been in a decade.

And it’s for that reason that World Suicide Prevention Day is here – to help people understand what suicide is, to acknowledge the shortcomings that are leading to people taking their own lives, and to help resolve these shortcomings in order to lower the number of suicides happening in the world today.

It’s about getting people talking; conversation is everything and talking can save lives. It’s about providing support to those feeling suicidal or those that have been affected by suicide in their lives. It’s about ending the stigma and saying to people that there is help out there when you feel like you can’t go on.

It’s clear how important World Suicide Prevention Day is, and our role in this is to make sure it’s clear how to find support on for suicidal feelings and bereavement.

We have a wide range of listings for individuals feeling suicidal in Cheshire, including early intervention services from Making Space, mental health drop-in centres run by Mind and Chester PLUS, not to mention bereavement support groups led by Survivors of Bereavement by Suicide (SOBS).  We also have a range of online resources available by searching here.

If you are in urgent need of help, you can always contact the Samaritans by simply dialling 116 123 at any time.