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 World Suicide Prevention Day
Topic Originator: Socks  
Date:   Fri 10 Sep 12:34

It`s today.

I`m not normally one for promoting the various days each year that mark some particular issue, but because this one is important to me and because we`ve had a number of discussions around this most complex of issues on this forum, I thought it was worth a wee mention here.

The International Association for Suicide Prevention promotes this day every year, and a look at this page on their website is worth a look, including the video there:

https://www.iasp.info/wspd2021/

The key themes are mentioned, but it can never be said enough that suicidal thoughts are complex, everyone is different, and that often, just showing some understanding and interest in a person`s feelings can be a big help.

Suicide may not be preventable in every case but in some it certainly is. And it might be any one of us who is in a position to help prevent it.

A final extra thought of my own - it would be helpful if we could stop using the phrase `commit suicide`, which implies some sort of crime or offence. As is the case around many complex issues, language matters.

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 Re: World Suicide Prevention Day
Topic Originator: Rusty Shackleford  
Date:   Fri 10 Sep 20:10

Nice one Socks.
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 Re: World Suicide Prevention Day
Topic Originator: JTH123  
Date:   Fri 10 Sep 20:43

Just this morning I was told by a colleague that his brother in law took his own life last night.
Tragic.
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 Re: World Suicide Prevention Day
Topic Originator: The One Who Knocks  
Date:   Fri 10 Sep 23:00

Should anyone be reading this thread and they are struggling and then the people at breathing space can help
https://breathingspace.scot/

We all hate poverty, war, and injustice.
Unlike the rest of you squares.
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 Re: World Suicide Prevention Day
Topic Originator: Wotsit  
Date:   Fri 10 Sep 23:54

Great post Socks


The way we use language is powerful, we're so ascribed to the notion that "sticks and stones will break my bones but words will never hurt me" that we ignore the power of words to devastate or lead folk whose phycological wellbeing is temporarily fragile.


"Who you are and what you feel comes not just from inside you, but from where you are in the power structure"
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