Suicide Prevention - Messages of Hope
World Suicide Prevention Day is observed on 10th September every year. It exists as a platform to raise awareness of suicide and to promote preventative measures which aim to reduce the number of suicides and suicide attempts globally.
Every 40 seconds someone in the world takes their own life; that is almost 800,000 people a year around the world, with over 75% of suicides occurring in low- and middle-income countries. Suicide is a global concern and a serious public health issue in every country; however, suicides are preventable.
For World Suicide Prevention Day 2021 we would like to collect, and share, expressions of hope from our community. If you would like to be involved, please use the form below to submit your message of hope.
Become a suicide awareness Champion
In addition to the Hope Campaign, we are keen to hear from people who live in Suffolk or North-East Essex and would like to know more about becoming a 'Suicide Awareness Champion'. Please indicate, using the questions below, whether you would like to receive an email from a member of our Suicide Prevention team explaining more about what being a Suicide Awareness Champion entails - there is no obligation to sign up to the scheme at any point.
An important part of our Champion work is to ask people to take advantage of the free, 20-30 minute Zero Suicide Alliance training, which can be found here: https://www.zerosuicidealliance.com/training
Your Messages of Hope
To the darkest parts of your very soul
To the coldest fire without no coal
To the raging winds and the stormy seas
To the mountains heights and the weak at knees.
To the heavy heart and wailing cry
To the lost and weary, please don’t die.
The summers’ soon, and a heart restored,
To find yourself, is worth the chord.
The chord which lingered, long and low
will meet with high notes, that joy may flow.
To ‘dance in the rain’ and to ‘walk in the sun’,
To smell the flowers? …you’ll find your fun.
But when? don’t think, not of tomorrow - thoughts out of sync, and full of sorrow.
Right now, keep safe, and share the load, with loved ones, with someone, your truth be told.
We are your network, to catch your fall,
We’ve all been here, we love you, ‘tis all
(Anonymous – Glemsford, Suffolk)
There is a solution to how you are feeling right now other than death. I know it doesn’t seem like it, but there is, believe me. Reach out to those you know who care for you or to a professional and find a different path. Tell them exactly how you feel. Together we can do this. No one wants you to die, it will leave us broken if you are not here. Please stay and together we can fight this. We love you ❤️
(Anonymous – Foxhall, Suffolk)
15 years ago I was in complete despair. I called the Samaritans. I remember saying that I was so low and anxious after a break up, how do I go to work, even when I'm crying. They said "So what if you cry? What is wrong with crying?" Reader, I married him! The break up wasn't forever. We have a beautiful child too.
(Anonymous – Ipswich, Suffolk)
Dear whoever needs to read this, Life maybe hard right now and you may not be able to see the light but you are wanted, you are loved and this World needs you. Please do not give up, we need you here, even at those times when you may feel know one cares, trust me - they do. I cannot promise things will be better tomorrow but I can promise they will be better one day. You are individual, you are special and you are wonderful. Stay strong, ask for help and keep going x
(Anonymous – Colchester, Essex)