World Suicide Prevention Day #WSPD2021
September 10th 2021 is #WorldSuicidePreventionDay, a national campaign to encourage people to talk about their problems, and help people realise suicide is not the answer.
This week, we have seen many charities, organisations and community groups taking action to raise awareness for #WSPD2021. From the Walk of Light in Newcastle, to BAGS for Strife 'running crazy miles' from Leeds to the Lake District to raise money for their new charity.
Since the launch of our Hub of Positivity website last month, Stamp It Out have been overloaded with enquiries from members of the public signing up to become Anti-Stigma Ambassadors. We are overjoyed by this, and feel Stamp It Out are already making a huge impact in reducing Stigma and Discrimination in the County Durham community.
Karen Ray, part time manager of SIO, has said: "We at Stamp It Out are currently supporting the suicide prevention small grants funding to help support individuals within our communities to get help through a variety of different activities. Reaching out to help stamp out the stigma when we are not feeling okay."
The latest suicides statistics showed that in 2018, in the UK and Republic of Ireland, more than 6,800 people died by suicide. Every life lost to suicide is a tragedy.
And we know that suicide is preventable, it’s not inevitable.
But not being okay is still widely stigmatised. And governments can still make better, more ambitious plans to prevent suicide. To find more campaigns you can get involved in to help create a world where fewer people die by suicide. Check out https://www.samaritans.org/support-us/campaign/
If you are struggling with your mental health, and are experiencing scary thoughts that you have never felt before. Please visit our contact page to find a list of mental health services that can help you through difficult times. https://www.stampitoutcountydurham.co.uk/contact