World Mental Health Day: Suicide Prevention

This year’s theme set by the World Federation for Mental Health is suicide prevention.

In 2018, there were 6,507 registered suicides in the UK. What’s more shocking is that this rate is significantly higher than in 2017, and is the first increase since 2013.

Three quarters of registered deaths were among men (4,903) however the most significant increase is among woman age 10-24 years. This is the highest level increase since 2012.

Since 2013 we have been seeing a gradual decline in suicides however last year that changed and we have now seen a significant increase.

The office of national statistics has stated that often suicide rates tend to fluctuate year to year; therefore it is too early to tell whether the latest increase represents a change in the recent trend.

At Harmless we feel that one death is too many and are saddened by this increase. In response to the significant increase in young female deaths our theme for 2020’s conference is: ‘Apathy: The growing need for us to listen to our ‘hysterical’ women.’

Conference details here:

From Harm to Hope: Friday 28th February 2020

In honor of World Mental Health Day we are asking everyone to reach out to someone. Reach out to that friend who lives alone, the friend who just finished university and moved home, the colleague at work who seems less chatty than usual, the person you know who’s just moved house….reach out to the friend who always seems fine. We never know the power of asking someone how they are and really meaning it.

For years people have been taught that they could be psychologically health without social support, and that “unless you love yourself, no one else will love you”….however we know that is not true. You cannot love yourself unless you have been loved and are loved. The capacity for love and healing cannot be built in isolation. So never underestimate the power of reaching out to someone and experiencing genuine connection. It could save their life.


If your or someone you know are struggling please contact a service for support from the list below:

Samaritans offer a 24-hours a day, 7 days a week support service. Call them FREE on 116 123. You can also email

Papyrus is a dedicated service for people up to the age of 35 who are worried about how they are feeling or anyone concerned about a young person. You can call the HOPElineUK number on 0800 068 4141, text 07786 209697 or email

NHS Choices: 24-hour national helpline providing health advice and information. Call them free on 111.

C.A.L.M.: National helpline for men to talk about any troubles they are feeling. Call 0800 58 58 58.

Support After Suicide Partnership offers practical and emotional support on their website for people bereaved and affected by suicide.

The Tomorrow Project offers free therapeutic support to anyone struggling with suicidal thoughts. We also support anyone bereaved by suicide.
















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