The month of September is dedicated to sucide prevention making it a national month.. September also has a national day on the 10th, which is Suicide Prevention Day. It is an important reminder that everyone can make a difference to others who have reached the point of seeing no other way out.
Let someone really express their experiences. Being someone they can talk to is essential when giving support.
Don’t criticise or minimise the way they feel. You may not be able to understand exactly what they’re going through, but that’s ok.
Ask what, not why
When you ask questions, avoid asking ‘why’ questions, and instead ask ‘what’ questions. Asking why can have a judgmental tone even if you don’t mean it that way.
Give information – don’t diagnose
Don’t assume they have an illness or condition. Provide direction to resources that can identify and treat mental health issues.
Act as a bridge
You can connect someone to mental health resources. Resources include family, school guidance, mental health professionals, and organisations.
A support friend
Being supportive doesn’t mean your duty is to ‘fix’ someone. Mental health is complicated and solutions aren’t overnight. As a teammate, the best support you can give is being a trusting ear, helping to navigate resources, and acting as a source of encouragement.
(Hope For The Day Organisation, Sep 2019)
Samaritans offer a 24-hours a day, 7 days a week support service. Call them FREE on 116 123. You can also email firstname.lastname@example.org
Papyrus is a dedicated service for people up to the age of 35 who are worried about how they are feeling or anyone concerned about a young person. You can call the HOPElineUK number on 0800 068 4141, text 07786 209697 or email email@example.com
NHS Choices is a 24-hour national helpline providing health advice and information. Call them free on 111.
CALM the national helpline for men to talk about any troubles they are feeling. Call 0800 58 58 58.
Support After Suicide Partnership offers practical and emotional support on their website for people bereaved and affected by suicide.
If any students would like to speak to someone within the college regarding mental health, we have Mental Health Champions in each of our campuses there to help and support you.