World Suicide Prevention Day

10th September 2021

“Creating Hope Through Action” is the theme for World Suicide Prevention Day 2021 – 2023. You can find out more from the International Association For Suicide Prevention.

According to the Office for National Statistics, there were 5,224 registered suicides in England and Wales in 2020, which is equivalent to 10 deaths per 100,000. 75.1% of all suicides registered during 2020 were men. This statistic follows a consistent trend that dates back to the mid 1990’s. 

Both men and women aged 45-49 years had the highest age specific suicide rates, of 24.1 male deaths per 100,000 and 7.1 female deaths per 100,000. 

In construction, every working day we lose two construction workers to suicide. 

What these statistics show us is that more awareness needs to be raised, to ensure anyone that needs help knows where to look and has the help and support on hand when it’s most needed. 

Raise Awareness Today

You can raise awareness in a variety of ways that are often, quick and simple. 

3 examples of how you can raise awareness include;

  1. Open up the conversation with family, friends, employees and colleagues.
  2. Share materials on social media, your website and by putting them up in the work place.
  3. Join up with an organisation and promote their charitable activities and campaigns – they will often provide you with materials you can share, which means less time required to create the resources. 
World Suicide Prevention Day

Resources

Park Health & Safety have kindly shared some of their resources that are available for you to download below. 

A4 Suicide Myth Buster Posters

Download a copy of these posters and put them up in your workplace.

Take 5 To Save Lives Leaflet

Download a copy of these posters and put them up in your workplace.

Organisations

The Lighthouse Construction Industry Charity is the only charity that provides emotional, physical and financial wellbeing support to construction workers and their families. 

They provide a free and confidential 24/7 Construction Industry Helpline which is a free Employee Assistance Programme for the industry. The helpline provides the first point of contact for those who need to access a range of completely confidential support services

#HelpInsideTheHardHat

LHC Help Inside Hard Hat

The #HelpInsideTheHardHat Campaign was launched to raise awareness of poor mental health within the Construction and Associated Industries. 

Every day two construction workers take their own lives. 

This campaign provides support and resources for. the construction community so we can all work together to raise awareness and signpost support.

Get involved today by simply downloading posters, such as the ones to the left to help raise awareness in your workplace. 

Find out more on their website.

Take 5 To Save Lives

Launched by the National Council for Suicide Prevention (NCSP), Take 5 To Save Lives was developed to help assist the International Association of Suicide Prevention (IASP), who established World Suicide Day in 2003, as a way focus public attention on suicide prevention efforts and activities. 

Take 5 encourages everyone to take 5 minutes out of their day and complete five action items on September 10: Learn the warning signs, Know how to help, Practice self-care, Reach out, and Spread the word. Find out more on their website.

Mental Health and Wellbeing Resources

The Health Employee have kindly provided us with some great resources for looking after and raising awareness of mental health and wellbeing. You can find some of these below.