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World Suicide Prevention Day 2016

If you didn’t already know today (10th September) is World Suicide Prevention Day. Suicide is the biggest killer of people under the age of 35 (irrespective of gender) in the UK, equating to around 4 deaths every day.

As a Counsellor (and as a human) this is an important issue to me, especially in my specialist field of Eating Disorders. Eating Disorders themselves have the highest mortality rate of any mental health illness with approximately 40% of deaths being due to suicide.

These are some scary statistics and this is exactly the reason I have teamed up with Papyrus (UK national charity working for the prevention of young suicide) to help spread awareness.

Papyrus run HOPElineUK which is a free specialist telephone service staffed by trained professionals who give non-judgemental support, practical advice and information to children and young people (under 35) and to anyone concerned about a young person. Papyrus also runs training, campaign for the cause and work to influence relevant policy at a national level.


Perhaps it is a cliché thing to say but I do believe that talking about this subject really can help. There is still a lot of stigma about talking about feeling suicidal or having made a suicide attempt – but when a person is feeling that low it is vital that they can reach out and ask for the support they need. If that person is afraid of the stigma they may face this makes an already extremely difficult situation even worse.

The good news is that with the right help and support people really do recover from suicidal feeling as well as from Eating Disorders.

You can help raise awareness of Young Suicide by signing up to PAPYRUS’s #TalkThroughTheTaboo campaign. We need a national conversation about young suicide. If you feel able, please support the campaign by signing up to the Thunderclap through your Facebook or Twitter account:

If you need some support right now you can call the HOPEline on 0800 068 41 41, text: 077 86 20 9697 or email:

if you would like more information as a professional about attending training, or getting involve you can contact papyrus via their website.


2 thoughts on “World Suicide Prevention Day 2016

  1. Catherine

    This is a great article Kel. Well done. It’s so true that we need to talk more openly about suicide so that we can help others access the right help and support.

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