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Owls back World Suicide Prevention Day

7 September 2023


Owls back World Suicide Prevention Day

7 September 2023

Sheffield Wednesday are proud to support ‘World Suicide Prevention Day’ observed on 10 September every year to provide worldwide commitment and action to help raise suicide awareness.

As many as one in four people may struggle with thoughts of suicide at any one time. Raising community awareness and breaking down the taboo is important to make progress in preventing suicide.

Suicidal thoughts can impact anyone at any time for many reasons. Knowing there are support services that can help if you are struggling with thoughts of suicide is hugely important because you are not alone, and lives can be saved.

Staying isolated with your thoughts may mean that no one can support you, so breaking your silence around feelings of suicide is vital as knowing what to say can be difficult.

Support mechanisms are in place:

Shout is a 24/7 free text service, for anyone of any age in crisis anytime, anywhere. It is a place to go if you are struggling to cope and in need of immediate help. Text: 85258 or CLICK HERE to visit the Shout website.

Childline is a free, private and confidential service to talk. Whatever the worry, whenever help is needed, Childline can be reached online HERE or by telephone on 0800 1111.

Sheffield Rethink Helpline is available 24 hours a day, seven days a week, and offers advice to anyone struggling with their mental health. You can call them on 0808 801 0440. Calls are free from a landline or mobile.

Samaritans provides free emotional support to anyone in emotional distress, struggling to cope, or at risk of suicide. CLICK HERE to visit their website.

Papyrus provides free confidential support and advice to young people struggling with thoughts of suicide, and anyone worried about a young person. Call 0800 068 4141 or CLICK HERE to visit their website.

KOOTH is an online mental wellbeing community for children and young people aged 11-18, providing accessible and safe spaces with a range of therapeutic support and interventions. CLICK HERE to visit their website.

Re-engage is a national charity dedicated to tackling loneliness and social isolation among older people. They connect older (75+), lonely people with local volunteers who want to make their lives a little better. They do this by establishing groups that gather once a month on a Sunday. Visit their website HERE

Rainbow Call Companion is a free telephone befriending service for LGBT+ people who are lonely, isolated or in need of companionship and feel they would benefit from a friendly phone call every week or two. This is a service specifically for lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender plus (LGBT+) people who would like to speak to someone who is also LGBT+. Call their helpline on 0800 716543.

Finally, if your GP is closed, you live in Sheffield and need urgent help you can contact the Single Point of Access on 0808 196 8281 (calls are free from a landline or mobile) or 0114 226 3636.

The service is available 24 hours a day, seven days a week. Alternatively call 111.

Remember, if you feel you need emergency help because your suicidal thoughts are intense then please go to your local A&E department immediately or call the emergency services, they are there to support you.


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