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World Suicide Prevention Day Resources for Professionals

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Every year, suicide is responsible for over 800,000 deaths worldwide, which equates to one suicide every 40 seconds. World Suicide Prevention Day is a yearly awareness day, which this year (2018) is on Monday September 10th. Explore our selected resources for advice and ideas on supporting young people who may be having suicidal thoughts.

Here are the resources we found for World Suicide Prevention Day for professionals:

Why we need to embrace the awkward and talk about suicide – Pooky Knightsmith

Every minute, somebody somewhere in the world dies by suicide – but until the moment of death, there is hope. In her inspiring talk, Pooky explains how each and every one of us can help to prevent deaths by suicide by being prepared to have an awkward conversation about suicide.

Hannah Dains – Don’t Kill Yourself Today

Hannah Dains presents an emotional spoken word poem about why you shouldn’t kill yourself today. There are a million reasons to be alive and she lists just some of them. This poem was created in order to give hope to young people who may be going through a rough patch. If you are feeling down, depressed or like there is nothing to live for, listen to her poem and realise there is so much to live for.

Talking to students at risk of suicide (webinar), with Dr. Pooky Knightsmith

An online learning session with Dr Pooky Knightsmith with advice about how to talk to students who are experiencing suicidal ideation. Simple, practical, thoughtful advice from a national expert in mental health in young people.

If a young person is self-harming does it mean they are suicidal?

People often ask about the link between self-harm and suicide – in this video Pooky explores how self-harm is sometimes a protective factor against suicide; how some young people self-harm and never consider suicide at all but also how many people who contemplate suicide have previously self-harmed …

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Young Minds

(Featured resource)Young Minds is a leading UK charity focusing on mental health and wellbeing in young people. They provide comprehensive help and advice on a variety of topics including what mental health is, feelings and symptoms, conditions, how to look after yourself and so much more.

Charlie Waller Memorial Trust

(Featured resource)Depression can be treated – talking about it is the first step. Teachers, doctors, employers, university staff are all reached by the Charlie Waller Memorial Trust as they are people who can spot when someone might be in trouble. The training provided by the Charlie Waller Memorial Trust gives them the confidence to open a conversation and give vital first-line support. They also talk to young people and their families and give them to tools they need to stay mentally well.

Rethink Mental Illness

Rethink Mental Illness is a charity that believes a better life is possible for the millions of people affected by mental illness. They offer a variety of services including; support groups, carer support, crisis intervention, nursing and residential care, advice and helplines, community support, employment and training, personalisation, mental health training, advocacy, help with criminal justice and house, and talking treatments.

National Suicide Prevention Alliance

The National Suicide Prevention Alliance are an alliance of public, private, voluntary and community organisations in England who care about suicide prevention and are willing to take action to reduce suicide and support those affected by suicide.

World Suicide Prevention Day 2018

(Featured resource)The homepage for World Suicide Prevention Day 2018 from the International Association for Suicide Prevention. Information, guidance and links for a really important campaign and awareness day on September 10th.

The ’13 Reasons Why’ Toolkit

’13 Reasons Why’, is a hit Netflix show that focusses on the fictional suicide of a teenage girl in an American High School, and the causes and circumstances that surrounded that, including bullying and sexual violence. For Series Two of the show, Netflix commissioned a toolkit of resources and advice for parents, educators and young people.

Suicide Prevention: How to Help Someone who is Suicidal

A suicidal person may not ask for help, but that doesn’t mean that help isn’t wanted. People who take their lives don’t want to die—they just want to stop hurting. Suicide prevention starts with recognizing the warning signs and taking them seriously. If you think a friend or family member is considering suicide, you might be afraid to bring up the subject. But talking openly about suicidal thoughts and feelings can save a life.

Young People and Suicide

Suicide and suicidal thoughts in young people can be worrying. It can be tough to find out that someone you care about has had suicidal thoughts. Parent Info have put together their advice and tips for parents who are currently struggling wtih this problem.

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“Take a Minute, Change a Life” – a podcast for World Suicide Prevention Day

(Featured resource)In this HeadStart podcast, our panel, which includes young people and national expert Dr. Pooky Knightsmith, discuss a range of issues related to how adults and organisations can support young people who are experiencing suicidal thoughts or at risk of doing so.

Download

The ’13 Reasons Why’ Toolkit

’13 Reasons Why’, is a hit Netflix show that focusses on the fictional suicide of a teenage girl in an American High School, and the causes and circumstances that surrounded that, including bullying and sexual violence. For Series Two of the show, Netflix commissioned a toolkit of resources and advice for parents, educators and young people.

Research/report

Asking about suicide does not cause harm, in fact it may help

There is a fear that when we talk about suicide, we increase the likelihood of suicide. It’s a fear shared by teachers, nurses, academics, commissioners and many others. It’s a fear that’s not only getting in the way of important conversations, but it’s impeding potentially life-saving research too.

Why we need to embrace the awkward and talk about suicide – Pooky Knightsmith

Every minute, somebody somewhere in the world dies by suicide – but until the moment of death, there is hope. In her inspiring talk, Pooky explains how each and every one of us can help to prevent deaths by suicide by being prepared to have an awkward conversation about suicide.

Hannah Dains – Don’t Kill Yourself Today

Hannah Dains presents an emotional spoken word poem about why you shouldn’t kill yourself today. There are a million reasons to be alive and she lists just some of them. This poem was created in order to give hope to young people who may be going through a rough patch. If you are feeling down, depressed or like there is nothing to live for, listen to her poem and realise there is so much to live for.

Talking to students at risk of suicide (webinar), with Dr. Pooky Knightsmith

An online learning session with Dr Pooky Knightsmith with advice about how to talk to students who are experiencing suicidal ideation. Simple, practical, thoughtful advice from a national expert in mental health in young people.

Organisation View all organisations

Young Minds

(Featured resource)Young Minds is a leading UK charity focusing on mental health and wellbeing in young people. They provide comprehensive help and advice on a variety of topics including what mental health is, feelings and symptoms, conditions, how to look after yourself and so much more.

Charlie Waller Memorial Trust

(Featured resource)Depression can be treated – talking about it is the first step. Teachers, doctors, employers, university staff are all reached by the Charlie Waller Memorial Trust as they are people who can spot when someone might be in trouble. The training provided by the Charlie Waller Memorial Trust gives them the confidence to open a conversation and give vital first-line support. They also talk to young people and their families and give them to tools they need to stay mentally well.

Rethink Mental Illness

Rethink Mental Illness is a charity that believes a better life is possible for the millions of people affected by mental illness. They offer a variety of services including; support groups, carer support, crisis intervention, nursing and residential care, advice and helplines, community support, employment and training, personalisation, mental health training, advocacy, help with criminal justice and house, and talking treatments.

World Suicide Prevention Day 2018

(Featured resource)The homepage for World Suicide Prevention Day 2018 from the International Association for Suicide Prevention. Information, guidance and links for a really important campaign and awareness day on September 10th.

The ’13 Reasons Why’ Toolkit

’13 Reasons Why’, is a hit Netflix show that focusses on the fictional suicide of a teenage girl in an American High School, and the causes and circumstances that surrounded that, including bullying and sexual violence. For Series Two of the show, Netflix commissioned a toolkit of resources and advice for parents, educators and young people.

Suicide Prevention: How to Help Someone who is Suicidal

A suicidal person may not ask for help, but that doesn’t mean that help isn’t wanted. People who take their lives don’t want to die—they just want to stop hurting. Suicide prevention starts with recognizing the warning signs and taking them seriously. If you think a friend or family member is considering suicide, you might be afraid to bring up the subject. But talking openly about suicidal thoughts and feelings can save a life.

Audio

“Take a Minute, Change a Life” – a podcast for World Suicide Prevention Day

(Featured resource)In this HeadStart podcast, our panel, which includes young people and national expert Dr. Pooky Knightsmith, discuss a range of issues related to how adults and organisations can support young people who are experiencing suicidal thoughts or at risk of doing so.

Download

The ’13 Reasons Why’ Toolkit

’13 Reasons Why’, is a hit Netflix show that focusses on the fictional suicide of a teenage girl in an American High School, and the causes and circumstances that surrounded that, including bullying and sexual violence. For Series Two of the show, Netflix commissioned a toolkit of resources and advice for parents, educators and young people.

Research/report

Asking about suicide does not cause harm, in fact it may help

There is a fear that when we talk about suicide, we increase the likelihood of suicide. It’s a fear shared by teachers, nurses, academics, commissioners and many others. It’s a fear that’s not only getting in the way of important conversations, but it’s impeding potentially life-saving research too.

Why we need to embrace the awkward and talk about suicide – Pooky Knightsmith

Every minute, somebody somewhere in the world dies by suicide – but until the moment of death, there is hope. In her inspiring talk, Pooky explains how each and every one of us can help to prevent deaths by suicide by being prepared to have an awkward conversation about suicide.

Hannah Dains – Don’t Kill Yourself Today

Hannah Dains presents an emotional spoken word poem about why you shouldn’t kill yourself today. There are a million reasons to be alive and she lists just some of them. This poem was created in order to give hope to young people who may be going through a rough patch. If you are feeling down, depressed or like there is nothing to live for, listen to her poem and realise there is so much to live for.

Talking to students at risk of suicide (webinar), with Dr. Pooky Knightsmith

An online learning session with Dr Pooky Knightsmith with advice about how to talk to students who are experiencing suicidal ideation. Simple, practical, thoughtful advice from a national expert in mental health in young people.

Organisation View all organisations

Young Minds

(Featured resource)Young Minds is a leading UK charity focusing on mental health and wellbeing in young people. They provide comprehensive help and advice on a variety of topics including what mental health is, feelings and symptoms, conditions, how to look after yourself and so much more.

Charlie Waller Memorial Trust

(Featured resource)Depression can be treated – talking about it is the first step. Teachers, doctors, employers, university staff are all reached by the Charlie Waller Memorial Trust as they are people who can spot when someone might be in trouble. The training provided by the Charlie Waller Memorial Trust gives them the confidence to open a conversation and give vital first-line support. They also talk to young people and their families and give them to tools they need to stay mentally well.

Rethink Mental Illness

Rethink Mental Illness is a charity that believes a better life is possible for the millions of people affected by mental illness. They offer a variety of services including; support groups, carer support, crisis intervention, nursing and residential care, advice and helplines, community support, employment and training, personalisation, mental health training, advocacy, help with criminal justice and house, and talking treatments.

Audio

“Take a Minute, Change a Life” – a podcast for World Suicide Prevention Day

(Featured resource)In this HeadStart podcast, our panel, which includes young people and national expert Dr. Pooky Knightsmith, discuss a range of issues related to how adults and organisations can support young people who are experiencing suicidal thoughts or at risk of doing so.

World Suicide Prevention Day 2018

(Featured resource)The homepage for World Suicide Prevention Day 2018 from the International Association for Suicide Prevention. Information, guidance and links for a really important campaign and awareness day on September 10th.

The ’13 Reasons Why’ Toolkit

’13 Reasons Why’, is a hit Netflix show that focusses on the fictional suicide of a teenage girl in an American High School, and the causes and circumstances that surrounded that, including bullying and sexual violence. For Series Two of the show, Netflix commissioned a toolkit of resources and advice for parents, educators and young people.

Suicide Prevention: How to Help Someone who is Suicidal

A suicidal person may not ask for help, but that doesn’t mean that help isn’t wanted. People who take their lives don’t want to die—they just want to stop hurting. Suicide prevention starts with recognizing the warning signs and taking them seriously. If you think a friend or family member is considering suicide, you might be afraid to bring up the subject. But talking openly about suicidal thoughts and feelings can save a life.

Download

The ’13 Reasons Why’ Toolkit

’13 Reasons Why’, is a hit Netflix show that focusses on the fictional suicide of a teenage girl in an American High School, and the causes and circumstances that surrounded that, including bullying and sexual violence. For Series Two of the show, Netflix commissioned a toolkit of resources and advice for parents, educators and young people.

Research/report

Asking about suicide does not cause harm, in fact it may help

There is a fear that when we talk about suicide, we increase the likelihood of suicide. It’s a fear shared by teachers, nurses, academics, commissioners and many others. It’s a fear that’s not only getting in the way of important conversations, but it’s impeding potentially life-saving research too.