World Suicide Prevention Suicide Day takes place on September 10 each year.

We've put together details to explain what the day is about - and where you can go to get support.

What is World Suicide Prevention Day?

Every year organisations and communities around the world come together to raise awareness of how we can create a world where fewer people die by suicide.

Each year has a different theme and focus, to bring to light a specific aspect of suicide prevention.

Why is it important?

According to Samaritans, in 2018, in the UK and Republic of Ireland, more than 6,800 people died of suicide. Every life lost to suicide is a tragedy.

Samaritans say suicide is preventable, it’s not inevitable.

The organisation added: "But not being okay is still widely stigmatised. And governments can still make better, more ambitious plans to prevent suicide."

Where can I get help?

While mental health can affect any of us, at any time - it is important to stress that you are not alone.

If you feel anxious, depressed, stressed, or just want to feel happier - here's a guide we've put together of where you can get support.


Samaritans is a registered charity who offer confidential, emotional support to anyone in emotional distress, struggling to cope, or at risk of suicide throughout the United Kingdom and Ireland.


The Campaign Against Living Miserably (CALM) is leading a movement against suicide.

Every week, 125 people in the UK take their own lives. And 75 per cent of all UK suicides are male.

  • Call: 0800 58 58 58 (The call centre is open daily from 5pm to midnight)
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Heads Together

Too often, people feel afraid to admit that they are struggling with their mental health.

This fear of prejudice and judgement stops people from getting help and can destroy families and end lives.

Heads Together wants to help people feel much more comfortable with their everyday mental wellbeing and have the practical tools to support their friends and family.

Heads Together is a mental health initiative spearheaded by The Royal Foundation of The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge, which combines a campaign to tackle stigma and change the conversation on mental health with fundraising for a series of innovative new mental health services.



Papyrus was founded in 1997 by a mother, Jean Kerr, from Lancashire following the loss of her son to suicide.

The charity was initially set up as the Parents’ Association for the Prevention of Young Suicide, hence the name Papyrus.

A phone line is available for confidential suicide prevention advice.

  • Call: 0800 068 4141 (Monday to Friday, 10am to 10pm, and 2pm to 10pm on weekends and bank holidays)
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Maytree is a national registered charity who provide a unique residential service for people in suicidal crisis so they can talk about their suicidal thoughts and behaviour.

The charity offer a free four-night, five-day one-off stay to adults over the age of 18 from across the UK.

Their aim is to provide a safe, confidential, non-medical environment for guests. It is somewhere people can explore their thoughts and feelings, and feel heard with compassion and without judgement.

Anxiety UK

Anxiety UK is a UK national registered charity formed in 1970 for those affected by anxiety disorders.

It is a user-led organisation, run by sufferers and ex-sufferers of anxiety disorders, and offers confidential advice and support.

  • Call: 03444 775 774 (Monday to Friday, 9.30am to 10pm; Saturday to Sunday, 10am to 8pm)
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Men's Health Forum

Men's Health Forum is a charity whose mission is to improve the health of men and boys in England, Wales and Scotland. It was founded in 1994.

The charity offers 24-hour stress support for men via text, chat and email.


Mind is a mental health charity in England and Wales.

The charity offers information and advice to people with mental health problems and lobbies government and local authorities on their behalf.

  • Call: 0300 123 3393 (Monday to Friday, 9am to 6pm)
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