The theme of this year’s World Suicide Prevention Day (10th September 2017) is “Take a minute, change a life”; reminding us all how the very simple day-to-day interactions we have with others, have the potential to make a huge difference to someone who may be struggling or feeling vulnerable. Offering a compassionate and non-judgemental listening ear, some gentle words of encouragement and appropriate information on where else to seek help, can make all the difference.
Take a minute, change a life
We are all part of a community, social or otherwise, linking us to friends, family, colleagues or neighbours. A sense of community is very important for maintaining our mental health and helps foster a supportive network for everyone involved, especially for those going through tough times. We all have a responsibility to actively listen to, support and empower those who become vulnerable in our communities.
Read practical tips and information on how you can help by; reaching out, listening and responding to others who are going through a difficult time.
Read about the national mental health and wellbeing campaign #littlethings, which focuses on sharing evidence-based, simple and powerful day-to-day steps – little things that we can all do to protect our own mental health, and support the people we care about.
Locate services and supports that are available to you and others, across the country, here.
safeTALK and ASIST (Applied Suicide Intervention Skills Training) are community-based training programmes, widely available to “gatekeepers” in our communities; people who have the potential to connect with others who may be in distress or crisis. Some examples include sports coaches, teachers, parents, community workers or staff working in health-related settings – people who have the opportunity to “take a minute and change a life”. The provision of safeTALK training and ASIST in the Republic of Ireland, is funded by the HSE.
Find details of free safeTALK, ASIST and other courses that are available in your area here.
Contact your local coordinating person or office here.