Daily Archives: September 10, 2012

Suicide Prevention Day

September 10th is World Suicide Prevention Day.

I know it seems trite, if you’re struggling, to hear platitudes like ‘Suicide is a permanent solution to a temporary problem’ and ‘talking is a sign of strength, not weakness’.

I’ve been there. I’ve hated the people spouting those phrases. I’ve contemplated, but never attempted, that final act.

But these phrases are true. Suicide is permanent, irreversible and irrevocably damaging.

Three thousand people die by suicide every day.

For every one completed suicide, there may be 20 or more attempts. Do you know how often that is?

That’s forty attempts per minute and a death every half a minute.

84% of suicides in Ireland two years ago were males.

Talk to someone about it.

Talk to anyone about it. Talk to your dog, to your cat, to a counsellor, to a friend, a professional, a fish, anybody.

Don’t keep it bottled up inside. There’s always help out there, you are never alone.

No man is an island, and there is never a reason to let go of something so precious.

Feeling suicidal is not your fault.

Looking for help is not weakness.

Talking is so, so important.

If you are feeling suicidal, depressed, or down, or just want to talk, please reach out. Talk to a friend, a family member, a counsellor, a doctor, a professional. Talk to someone.
Samaritans: http://samaritans.org, jo@samaritans.org
Dublin Samaritans: http://dublinsamaritans.ie, 01 872 7700
Pieta House: http://pieta.ie, mary@pieta.ie, 01 601 0000
Please Talk: http://pleasetalk.ie
Reach Out: http://ie.reachout.com

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