Posted: Sunday, September 10, 2017
Most people have no idea about the numbers of people who die by suicide every year in the UK, a survey for World Suicide Prevention Day has revealed today.
91 per cent of those who took part in the YouGov survey for the National Suicide Prevention Alliance (NSPA) either under or overestimated how many people take their own lives each year in the UK, or simply didn’t know. Between 6,000 and 7,000 people die by suicide every year, that’s someone dying by suicide every 90 minutes, so it’s vital that we raise awareness and save lives.
The NSPA, of which FCN is a member, is asking everyone to Take a Minute to Change A Life for World Suicide Prevention Day. The organisation’s 160 members and supporters (including FCN), along with Samaritans, MIND, Rethink Mental Illness, CALM, STORM and Network Rail) will be working together to galvanise action across the country to make suicide prevention a priority in the run up to the day on Sunday 10 September.
The YouGov survey also found that over a quarter of people who responded (26%) said that not knowing what to do and/or feeling worried that talking about suicide would increase the risk of it happening, would prevent them reaching out to someone.
The NSPA wants to change this by getting people to take simple actions to connect with others on World Suicide Prevention Day, and by showing how easy it can be to make a difference.