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Word Suicide Prevention Day – suicide is preventable, it’s not inevitable

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Today, Tuesday 10 September, is World Suicide Prevention Day – an annual awareness day which sees organisations and communities around the world come together to raise awareness of how we can create a world where fewer people die by suicide.

The World Health Organization estimates that over 800,000 people take their own life each year – that’s one person every 40 seconds.

More than 6,000 people die by suicide every year in the UK – that’s an average of 18 deaths every day. Every life lost to suicide is a tragedy. Every life lost represents someone’s partner, child, parent, friend or colleague.

Suicide is preventable, it’s not inevitable

Reaching out to people who are going through a difficult time can save their lives. People who are feeling low or suicidal often feel worthless and think that no-one cares. Small things like hearing from friends or family, feeling listened to, or just being told that 'it's ok to talk' can make a huge difference. 

If someone feels suicidal, talking to anyone who can listen and be supportive may be their first step towards getting help. This could include a friend, family member, or colleague as well as a professional such as a doctor, therapist, or trained listener via a helpline.

Help is at hand

For mental health support, colleagues can call our 24/7 First Class Support helpline on 0800 688 8777 or www.rmgfirstclasssupport.co.uk. The Feeling First Class wellbeing website can be found at: www.feelingfirstclass.co.uk (use code FFC1 to register).

If you are struggling to cope, please call Samaritans free on 116 123 who are available round the clock, every single day of the year, providing a safe place for anyone struggling to cope, whoever they are, however they feel, whatever life has done to them.

Shout is the UK's first free 24/7 text service for anyone in crisis anytime, anywhere. It’s a place to go if you’re struggling to cope and you need immediate help. Text Shout to 85258 to text with a trained crisis volunteer.

Please print off and display our World Suicide Prevention Day poster in your units.

Royal Mail has provided a support guide to assist managers who have colleagues they are concerned about. The Mental Health Support Guide is available on PSP or can be downloaded here.​