Shining a light on Suicide
A new campaign has been launched to encourage people in Greater Manchester to talk about suicide, the biggest killer of men under 49 and women aged between 20 to 34 in the region.
Suicide is the biggest killer of men under 49
1 in 5 of us has thought about suicide at some point
Suicide is the leading cause of death in people aged 15–29 years
More than 200 people a year take their own life in Greater Manchester and leaders across the city region have today said “enough is enough” and that “it’s time to break the stigma of talking about suicide, suicidal thoughts and suicide bereavement”.
It follows research and evidence among people who have considered suicide, that talking honestly and openly about suicide helped to save their lives.
The #shiningalightonsuicide campaign has been created to prevent suicides and aims to take the subject out of the dark by encouraging everyone across Greater Manchester to talk openly about suicide.
Personal stories and short films have also been created, featuring people from across the city region who have been directly affected by suicide or suicidal thoughts.
Suicide affects us all. Encourage someone to talk before suicide seems their only option. Together we can help prevent suicide. Find out how at shiningalightonsuicide.org.uk
If you’re struggling to cope call Samaritans on 116 123