STORMS SKILLS – CYCLING AROUND THE WORLD ON SUICIDE PREVENTION DAY
Every year, more than 800,000 people die by suicide and up to 25 times as many make a suicide attempt. Behind these statistics are the individual stories of those who have, for many different reasons, questioned the value of their own lives.
Each one of these individuals is part of a community. Some may be well linked into this community, and have a network of family, friends and work colleagues or school mates. Others may be less well connected, and some may be quite isolated. Regardless of the circumstances, communities have an important role to play in supporting those who are vulnerable.
This sentiment is reflected in the theme of the 2017 World Suicide Prevention Day: ‘Take a minute, change a life.’ As members of communities, it is our responsibility to look out for those who may be struggling, check in with them, and encourage them to tell their story in their own way and at their own pace. Offering a gentle word of support and listening in a non-judgemental way can make all the difference.
2017 marks the 15th World Suicide Prevention Day. The day was first recognised in 2003, as an initiative of the International Association for Suicide Prevention and endorsed by the World Health Organization. World Suicide Prevention Day takes place each year on September 10.
On September 10, join with others around the world who are working towards the common goal of preventing suicide.
Some members of the GSS Team will be riding in support of our partner Storm Skills Training and their cycle team – Team STORM!
From 10:30am to 1:30pm we will be racing up the miles on the banks of River Mersey to raise awareness about suicide prevention across the community and to raise funds for the International Association for Suicide Prevention.
If any staff members (or clients!) would like to join us on the day please email firstname.lastname@example.org for more details.
Ride with us! World Suicide Prevention Day – Cycle Around the Globe.