Samaritans Awareness Day

Today is Samaritans Awareness Day. The Samaritans is a charity aimed at providing emotional support to anyone in emotional distress, struggling to cope, or at risk of suicide often through their telephone helpline, operating 24 hours a day, 365 days a year. In 2014, Samaritans received 5,100,000 calls for help – almost one call every six seconds.

Samaritans believes that offering people the opportunity to be listened to in confidence, and accepted without prejudice, can help alleviate despair and make emotional health mainstream issue.

In the US in 2016, there were almost 45,000 recorded suicides, up from 42,700 in 2014, according to the CDC’s National Centre for Health Statistics (NCHS). In the UK and Ireland alone in 2017, over 6,000 people died of suicide.

While it is not necessary to be suicidal to contact Samaritans, World Suicide Prevention day is a Samaritans initiative which aims to raise awareness of how we can create a world where fewer people die by suicide. Every year organisations and communities around the world come together to bring to light a specific aspect of suicide prevention through disconnection.

On Suicide Awareness Day, many organisations involved in suicide prevention and mental health, generally ask governments to make suicide prevention a priority, and help raise awareness about how we can each support each other better.

Sources:

https://www.samaritans.org   https://www.wikapedia.org


24 Jul, 2019

4 thoughts on “Samaritans Awareness Day

  1. Samaritan Awareness Day sounds like something this world desperately needs! It would be nice if they would extend it to a month or maybe even a year.

    I’m so excited just thinking about it.

    1. Thanks Tim. Yes, we can never have enough. There are so many people who do need help. You’ll be pleased to know that the Samaritans operates all year. It is a UK based registered charity.

      Like other charities, they bring attention and awareness to anyone who needs help, in the form of emotional support, anyone in emotional distress, or anyone who is struggling to cope, or at risk of suicide.

      They operate throughout the United Kingdom and Ireland, through a telephone helpline.

  2. I am glad you posted this and brought it to our attention by spreading the word. Our mental health cannot be taken for granted and organisations like The Samaritans do an amazing job.

    Our increasing awareness of suicide and mental health issues is so important.

    1. I will always look to spread good where I can, to challenge what we know and to highlight charities where they need continued support. The Samaritans as you say do an amazing job.

      But there is another side. The world would be a better place and we would all be better people if instead of being self-absorbed and putting ourselves first, we put ourselves out there and worked together.

      Open a newspaper or turn on the news to see what’s really happening in the world. Lessons are being ignored by people in positions of responsibility, and as a result mental health issues are increasing exponentially.

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