10 September was World Suicide Prevention Day.
Sadly, suicide is a permanent solution to a temporary problem.
The international theme for World Suicide Prevention Day 2022 until 2023 is ‘Creating hope through action’, which aims to empower people with the confidence to engage with the complexity of ‘hope’.
The construction industry can be proud of the efforts being made on their behalf by the Lighthouse Club, Building Mental Health, and the likes of ManGang in Hampshire.
What these organisations have in common, is a commitment to challenge the stigma around mental health and suicide.
They say that knowledge is power, but it can also bring hope. Knowing that there are people out there who are willing to listen non-judgementally can bring light to the darkest of problems.
Below is a list of trusted prevention resources offering free advice:
Lighthouse Construction Industry Charity 24/7 helpline – delivering emotional and financial support to families in crisis
24/7 Free and confidential advice on all mental wellbeing issues. The helpline also offers support and help with physical wellbeing and financial support.
UK – 0345 605 1956
ROI – 1800 939 122
ManGang – for men
“With amazing support from many organisations, our Gang continues to grow and we plan to expand our meetings even further. For every new ManGang member, there is one less man suffering in silence.”
CALM (Campaign Against Living Miserably) – for men
“The Campaign Against Living Miserably (CALM) is leading a movement against suicide, the single biggest killer of men under 45 in the UK and the cause of 18 deaths every day.”
Number – 0800 58 58 58
Shout Crisis Text Line – for everyone
Text “SHOUT” to 85258
Talk to someone you trust. If you find it difficult to speak to someone you know, you can contact any of the organisations above. They are resourced and ready for your call. The world will not be a better place without you.