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25 August 2022

World Suicide Prevention Day

Can you join us in making a pledge to create hope through action this World Suicide Prevention Day?

Whether it’s starting a conversation with a friend, taking on a fundraising challenge or signing up to become a Shout Volunteer to help people in distress, your actions can make a difference.

Creating hope through action

Every year on 10 September people and organisations around the globe come together to mark World Suicide Prevention Day.

Every day, Shout Volunteers take hundreds of conversations with people experiencing suicidal thoughts. In fact, suicide is the main reason people text Shout for support, accounting for 39% of all conversations.

So far this year, more than 40,000 people have texted us for support with suicide.

By raising awareness of suicide, encouraging understanding and offering support, we can help to provide hope to those who are struggling with suicidal thoughts.

We're making a pledge

In line with the theme of creating hope through action, for World Suicide Prevention Day 2022 we’re encouraging our staff, volunteers, texters, partners and the general public to make a pledge - no matter how big or small - to support suicide prevention.

Will you join us?

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Ways to get involved

📱 Pledge to start a conversation with a friend or family member. If you’re worried about a friend or someone in your family, starting a conversation about how they’re feeling and what they’re going through can be the first step to them feeling better. Don’t know where to begin? Check out our conversation tips.

💙 Pledge to support children and adults who are struggling to cope by becoming a Shout Volunteer. You’ll join a warm and supportive online community, learn and develop a wide range of skills and gain a sense of purpose from taking conversations that help children and adults get through difficult times and that save lives. Find out more and sign-up to become a Shout Volunteer.

🫶 Pledge to donate £10 to Shout to help someone in distress access one hour of mental health support from our trained volunteers. Being there 24/7 for anyone who needs us takes funding. We can’t keep our service running without people like you. Here’s how you can donate.

What will you pledge?

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Remember to share your pledges with us on social media

➡️ Step 1: Download one of our free pledge cards to share on your socials

➡️ Step 2: Tag us in your posts on Instagram, TikTok, Facebook, Twitter or LinkedIn

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Support with suicidal thoughts

There may be times in our lives where we feel unable to cope with our problems. If, however, these thoughts are starting to become more regular, and you are actively starting to think about taking your own life, you need to get support immediately.

Shout is a free and confidential, 24/7 text messaging support service that is here for moments when you are dealing with suicidal thoughts and need support to get to a calmer place.

Text ‘SHOUT’ to 85258 any time of the day or night to speak to a trained volunteer.

If your life is at imminent risk, please call 999 immediately.