Each year the International Association for Suicide Prevention (IASP), in collaboration with the World Health Organisation, uses this day to call attention to suicide as a leading cause of premature and preventable death. The theme this year is “Stigma: A Major Barrier for Suicide Prevention”.
CALL Helpline provides a Wales wide mental health helpline and as part of our support for World Suicide Prevention Day we are supporting the Connecting with People community interest company who provide training in building emotional resilience and provide suicide awareness training. The helpline will be hosting a short film from Monday 10th September on the home page of the CALL website – www.callhelpline.org.uk and also sharing the film on the helpline Facebook and Twitter accounts. The theme of the film is that anyone can experience suicidal thoughts, there is always hope and there is always help.
C.A.L.L. helpline has a major role in supporting people who have thoughts of suicide in Wales. Callers to the line have the opportunity to talk through their feelings and fears and can remain anonymous if they feel that helps. The helpline workers will provide a safe space for callers to talk through their worries and, if appropriate, provide information on services that could help. A vast range of self help literature is held at the centre and can be provided to callers free of charge, literature can also be ordered direct from the web site. There are specific leaflets addressing suicidal thoughts and for those concerned that someone they know may be suicidal.
Janet Roberts, Helpline Manager said “Many of our callers have thoughts of suicide, due to their mental health problems, relationship issues or losses they have experienced in their lives. Talking to someone about those feelings isn’t easy but can make all the difference. The 24 hour helpline will provide a safe place to discuss feelings that can make people feel afraid and vulnerable. Talking about suicide doesn’t make it happen – not talking about it doesn’t give anyone a chance to help.”
CALL Helpline is pleased to offer its support to this campaign, its important to let people know that there are people who want to help even when they may feel at their most helpless.
Community Advice & Listening Line (C.A.L.L.)
Wales Mental Health Helpline
Helpline Number: 0800 132 737
Opening Hours: 24 hours a day