Suicide Prevention Month

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Suicide is a reality that impacts every society, affecting individuals of different origins, sexes, cultures, social classes and ages.

According to the World Health Organisation (WHO), per year, there are more deaths by suicide than from diseases such as HIV, malaria, breast cancer. Including wars and homicides.

Among young people aged 15 to 29, suicide was the 4th leading cause of death, behind only traffic accidents, tuberculosis, and interpersonal violence.

The latest survey carried out by the WHO, in 2019, points to more than 700,000 suicides worldwide, not counting underreported episodes, which brings this estimate to more than 1 million.

In the UK, men are three times as likely to die by suicide than women. In the Republic of Ireland, the rate is four times higher among men than women.

Furthermore, the global prevalence of depression and anxiety increased by 25% at the beginning of the Covid-19 pandemic. Young people and women were the hardest hit.

You don’t have to be a statistic, we believe that prevention is better than cure that’s why every Friday our volunteers of the Night Angel team dedicate themselves to visiting various bridges in London to tie hope notes to prevent suicide attempts.

If you need to talk to someone urgently, you can call our 24hr helpline on 020 7686 6000, where there will be someone available to talk to.