World Suicide Prevention Day

Suicide prevention day ribbon

Creating hope through action

World Suicide Prevention Day 2022 is on Saturday 10 September. It aims to start the conversation about suicide, raise awareness of the support available and show that recovery is possible.

In the UK, men are three times as likely to die by suicide than women. While there has been a reduction in the number of people completing suicide over the last ten years, the numbers are still worryingly high.

This year’s theme is Creating Hope Through Action, which aims to empower people with the confidence to engage with the complexity of hope.

Resources and support

There is a range of support options available, both within the University and through external sources.

The Samaritans

The Samaritans offer a range of support online, over the phone and via email. There is also a self-help app where you can record your mood daily, look for patterns in how you are feeling and enable you to make your personal safety plan and store images of things that give you hope. You will also find information on a range of techniques to reduce stress and help you to focus.

Contact them via their free phone on 116 123 or via email at (expect a response within 24 hours).

Employee Assistance Programme

We also have a range of internal support available within the Employee Assistance Programme which offers a free 24-hour-a-day confidential helpline which can provide support and help. You can also gain access to up to six counselling sessions.

Well Online

Well Online is an information site available exclusively to employees covering a vast array of issues. It can also direct you to telephone advisors for immediate assistance and emotional support.

Those who may not be comfortable discussing their issues with a telephone advisor may feel happier accessing information via the website, particularly if it is of a sensitive nature. You can either use the site on a stand-alone basis or gather information to better understand an issue before discussing it with a telephone advisor.

You can access this resource at using the login details below:

  • username: StirlingU
  • password: wellbeing