World Suicide Prevention Day

In Stockport, 25 people die by suicide per year; many more may undergo a suicide attempt, and many others will be affected by a suicide or attempt of someone they know.

World Suicide Prevention Day

Stockport Council and a wide range of local organisations are actively working together to prevent suicide, including supporting individuals, training frontline staff, and raising awareness about suicide.

World Suicide Prevention Day on 10 September, is an opportunity to raise awareness, and share information about support available to those in distress, as well as those concerned about someone, or those who have lost someone to suicide.

On 10 September, Stockport Samaritans will have a display in Stockport Central Library (from 10am). In the evening (7pm), Stockport Mind and Disability Stockport are holding a vigil on the steps of Stockport Art Gallery to commemorate those lost to suicide, and bring people together in solidarity. Everyone is welcome. Stockport Mind staff will also have a stand in Merseyway on 10 September, as well as on 10 October (World Mental Health Day) to offer information on mental health.

For further information and support, you can visit Stockport Suicide Prevention or the Greater Manchester suicide prevention campaign Shining a Light on Suicide.

For anyone struggling to cope, Samaritans provide a free non-judgemental listening service by phone on 116 123 (available 24 hours every day of the year) or will respond to e-mails at jo@samaritans.org

For young people in distress or anyone concerned for a young person, Papyrus HOPELINEUK provides confidential support and advice on 0800 068 4141 or by text to 07786209697, or e-mail pat@papyrus-uk.org