10 October, 2019
This year’s World Mental Health Day (10th October) focuses on suicide prevention.
Suicide remains something of a taboo, especially in professional circles. We need to encourage a more open culture in the law where people talk about their feelings and ask for help. If you are worried about someone you work with, or a friend or family member you should always attempt to talk to them. It is absolutely not the case that asking about suicide precipitates the action of suicide. Rather it shows the person you genuinely care, are interested in their welfare and want to help. Talking could make a real difference.
Signs to look out for in yourself or others
These are not exhaustive and some people will show no significant signs.
How to have a conversation with someone you believe to be suicidal
If you have thought of suicide
Call LawCare’s free, independent, confidential helpline on 0800 279 6888 for immediate support for yourself or visit www.lawcare.org.uk to access webchat, email support and useful factsheets and information. You can also contact us if you are worried about a colleague and are unsure how to support them.
Samaritans – call 116 123 24 hours
Samaritans – for everyone
Call 116 123
Campaign Against Living Miserably (CALM) – for men
Call 0800 58 58 58 – 5pm to midnight every day
Papyrus – for people under 35
Call 0800 068 41 41
Survivors of Bereavement by Suicide
Call 0300 111 5065
Suicide Bereaved Network
Call 0300 999 0003
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