September 10th is World Suicide Prevention Day, and this year’s theme is “Working Together To Prevent Suicide”, which is a goal Kidscape strive to.
We’ve been concerned by the sad stories which emerge of young people taking their lives after bullying, and know that being bullied can sometimes cause suicidal feelings. What we try to do is give people being bullied a feeling of hope. But suicide is not our area of expertise, so we work with other organisations who specialise in mental health and suicide prevention. We know we can’t prevent suicide all on our own.
Kidscape are active members of the National Suicide Prevention Alliance (NSPA) and believe passionately that we all have a role to play in preventing suicide - whether as colleagues, friends, neighbours, family or strangers that reach out to help others. We believe that we as organisations need to work together. We make sure that our families are aware of young suicide prevention charity PAPYRUS, who provide a helpline service, and that we signpost to mental health services where needed. Our Parent Line Adviser has been trained by PAPYRUS in suicide first aid intervention.
As organisations and as individuals, it’s crucial we work together to prevent suicide. We encourage everyone to join and support the NSPA. There’s currently 240 members, and we’re hoping that today there will be many more joining this important cause. Everyone has a role to play in reducing suicide and supporting those affected by it.
If you’re affected by young suicide or worried about a young person who may be thinking about suicide, you can contact the PAPYRUS Hopeline on 0800 068 4141.