Suicide Prevention Week, starting on World Suicide Prevention Day on 10th September, is an opportunity to acknowledge that suicide is preventable, and that it's everyone's business.
The Choose Life 'Read between the lines' campaign asks everyone to be alert to warning signs of suicide in people close to them. If you're worried about someone, such as a friend, family member or workmate, asking them directly about their feelings can help to save their life.
Signs of suicide can be difficult to spot which is why the campaign encourages people to take all signs of distress seriously, even if it seems a person is living a normal life. People can feel assured that asking a person about what's troubling them can make a positive difference.
Ask if they are thinking about suicide
Listen and show you care
Encourage them to get help
Don't try to cope alone.
Call a helpline such as Breathing Space on 0800 83 85 87 or Samaritans on 116 123 or speak to someone you trust.