World Suicide Prevention Day takes place on 10th September every year and this year 'we are working together to prevent suicide.'
Our focus throughout World Suicide Prevention Day, is on how you can 'Take A Minute' to support those around you and yourself.
Taking a minute to reach out to someone in your community – a family member, a friend, a colleague or even a stranger – could make all the difference.
Take a minute and listen with compassion and empathy, and without judgement. Check in and ask them how they are doing. Encourage them. All of these simple acts will go some way to restoring hope.
Take a minute to notice what is going on with you, your family, your friends and your colleagues. If you are concerned about someone, check in and start talking.
Take a minute to reach out and start a conversation. Don't let stigma stop you, honest conversations improve mental health. Our resource offers tips on how to start a conversation.
Take a minute to find out about the help available to you and others. The more you know about mental health and services available, the more you can support yourself and others around you.
Take a minute for yourself and be mindful of how you are feeling.
The CovidWellbeingNI website has mental health information, self-help tips and links to Take 5 Steps to Wellbeing, as well as services available across Northern Ireland.
We hope to encourage people to start conversations around mental health, breaking down the stigma which stops them from asking for assistance.
If you are in need of immediate support, the following organisations can help.