Dudley and Walsall Mental Health Partnership NHS Trust supports World Suicide Prevention Day – 03/09/13

Dudley and Walsall Mental Health Partnership NHS Trust is supporting this year’s World Suicide Prevention Day on 10th September 2013.

It is estimated that around 4,400 people commit suicide in England each year – that's one death every two hours – and at least 10 times that number attempt suicide. Around 75% of suicides are men and in almost all cultures, the suicide rate rises with age.

Joint Medical Director Mark Weaver comments: “We know that people with a mental health condition are at particular risk of attempting suicide. It is therefore vital that if you or a friend or family member feels desperate or helpless and/ or thinks about harming yourself, that you contact your GP, who can refer you to specialist mental health services such as our Trust.”

“Alternatively, if you need someone to talk to urgently and in confidence the Samaritans are able to offer emotional support 24 hours a day on 08457 90 90 90.”

World Suicide Prevention Day is organised by the International Association for Suicide Prevention (IASP). This year, they are asking people to light a candle near a window at 8pm on 10th September to show their support for suicide prevention, to remember a lost loved one and for the survivors of suicide.

For more information on IASP visit www.iasp.info