Around 800,000 people die by suicide every year across the world – that’s one person every 40 seconds.
For everyone who dies, there are 25 others attempting suicide.
Suicide is distressing and has a significant and profound impact on families, carers and loved ones.
It can be prevented and our aspiration as an organisation is to achieve zero suicides for those who use services.
That’s why we are a member of the Zero Suicide Alliance, a collaboration of NHS trusts, charities, businesses and individuals who are all committed to suicide prevention in the UK and beyond.
Prevention requires dedication.
In England and Wales, there were 5,691 suicides registered in 2019.
We are fully committed to working with our partners, patients and their families and carers to provide excellent quality care and prevent suicides.
To mark World Suicide Prevention Day 2020, we are holding a series of virtual events in September and October.
During our first Microsoft Teams live session marking World Suicide Prevention Day, we were joined by Liz Farrell, who shared her experiences and advice after her husband took his own life:
Before 12 June 2015 I didn’t know that suicide is the single biggest killer of men under the age of 45.
I didn’t know that there were over 6100 suicides in the UK in 2015 and that nearly 75% of these were men.
I didn’t know that difficulty sleeping, stomach problems, escapism or risky behaviour are signs of depression in men.
I didn’t know that if a child loses a parent by suicide, they are three times more at risk of taking their own life.
I didn’t know that suicide not only takes one life, but it destroys so many others.
So why do I know this now?
On the 12 June 2015, my husband Marcus took his own life at work. Read Liz’s story in full.