This year, #WorldMentalHealthDay is shining a light on #SuicidePrevention. The aim for this Mental Health Foundation is simple - to send out a message of hope, #YouBelongHere.
In support of #WorldMentalHealthDay, the green ribbon, an international symbol of mental health awareness was projected on to the Norman Keep at Cardiff Castle to help raise awareness.
The charity simultaneously organised projections of the green ribbon onto the SECC building in Glasgow, and Edinburgh’s St Andrews House. There was also up to 100 mental health advocates and people affected by suicide gathered in Trafalgar Square London, to form a human green ribbon.
Jenny Burns, Mental Health Foundation Wales said:
"World Mental Health Day matters because mental health is something we all have, that greatly affects our daily lives, for better and sometimes for worse. We can help prevent suicide as a society by providing more support for groups of people at risk, making practical changes to make suicide harder, and educating everyone about suicide prevention in schools, workplaces, in families and communities.”
Mark Rowland, Chief Executive of the Mental Health Foundation said:
"We should not be so scared of suicide that we can't talk about it. Suicide is a devastating and gut-wrenching tragedy that ends a life and shatters countless others. But we also know that we can all help prevent such deaths, as individuals and as a society. We are not powerless. Far better to say something that feels awkward than to stay silent, whether you're worried about another person or needing help yourself. Sometimes we need to talk about suicide."
We're so proud of our continuing partnership of such a great and worthy cause.
Mental Health Foundation
Need to talk?
Samaritans – offers 24 hours a day, 7 days a week support service
Shout Crisis Text Line
Available helpline (5pm – midnight) and webchat to support men
Papyrus – (dedicated service for young people up to the age of 35)
0800 068 4141
Support After Suicide Partnership offers practical and emotional support on their website for people bereaved and affected by suicide.