Fenland Charity Backs Suicide Prevention
7:09am 11th September 2014
People in West Norfolk and Wisbech may know the warning signs of a heart attack, a stroke, or cancer, but most won't know the main signs that someone may be at risk of suicide.
Today marks World Suicide Prevention Day and Fenland Mind is launching a new campaign asking people to simply ask them about it.
It's the biggest cause of death in men under the age of 30.
Ali Anderson from the charity says just asking the question is one of the best things to do....
“A lot of people believe that if you mention the word suicide to someone who is troubled then that will put the idea into their head. That is simply not backed up by evidence. It’s considered good practice that if you are worried about someone to ask them openly and directly whether they are having suicidal thoughts.”
The signs you should look out for:
- Talking or writing about death
- Researching ways to end their life, e.g. On the internet
- Saying they feel like a burden to others
- Feelings of hopelessness, like they have no reason to stay alive
- Feeling depressed for a long while, and then suddenly appearing happy or hopeful