Special service at St John's Church in March will raise awareness of suicide and acknowledge loss of loved ones
St John’s Church, March is holding a special service to mark World Suicide Prevention Day on Monday September 10.
The service aims to raise awareness, reduce the stigma of suicide and mental health issues and to acknowledge those who have lost a loved one to suicide.
Suicide is the leading cause of death in this country for young people aged 20-34 and the leading cause of death for men under the age of 50. While there are many causes of suicide the highest rates are associated with depressive disorders.
“Every year in this country 6000 people die by suicide – around 16 each day,” said the Rev Jane Rees, Team Vicar for March team Ministry.
“It is estimated that for every adult who takes their life another 20 will attempt to do so. And each year 200 school children will die by suicide. We aim to raise awareness that suicide can be prevented .
"You are warmly invited join us on Monday at 7.30pm - during the service at St John ‘s church there will be an opportunity to light a candle for a loved one timed to coincide with the lighting of candles around the world as a mark of solidarity. Light refreshments are available after the service”
This year’s theme for the awareness day is “Working Together to prevent Suicide”.
The Rev Jane said: “Collaboration is critical in addressing the challenges to preventing suicide in our society today. Everyone can make a difference – just reaching out to someone in a moment of crisis can save a life.”
World Suicide Prevention Day is sponsored by the International Association for Suicide Prevention (IASP), a global association and is endorsed by the World Health Organisation.
Suicide prevention remains a universal challenge. Every year, suicide is among the top 20 leading causes of death globally for people of all ages. It is responsible for over 800,000 deaths worldwide, approx one suicide every 40 seconds.
There is help and support available. The Samaritans offer a 24 hours a day, seveb days a week support service. Call free on 116 123. You can also email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Papyrus is a dedicated service for young people up to the age of 35. You can call the HOPElineUK on 0800 068 4141 or text 07786 209697 or email email@example.com.
Zerosuicidealliance.com – free suicide prevention training online