Joshua Hunter

I'm fundraising for CALM

Hi there!

I am taking part in the Lost Hours Walk to raise money for CALM, the Campaign Against Living Miserably.

Recently I have been saddened with the amount of young lives being lost to Suicide. This being strangers, people I knew of or knew personally. 

Suicide can be preventable. We need to help people to have the confidence to speak up on how their feeling. By doing this and accessing the right support we can help prevent suicide and fight the stigma.

There is many courses across the internet that I encourage you to take part in, that provides you with the resources for suicide prevention training. I have already did this course and learned a lot that i didn’t know.

After doing lots of study this is what I found:

The Warning Signs:

On some occasions, there can be no warning signs. This because people want to keep how they are feeling private. People will try hard to continue working and hide their thoughts and what they are feeling. Here are some key warning signs:

- unexpected mood changes 

- not eating or sleeping 

- reckless behaviour 

- talking about suicide 

- saying goodbye to family and friends 

and a lot more...

How will you know if someone is suicidal?

As scary as it sounds, ask. The best thing you can do is talk to them about how they are feeling. 

What do you say?

You don’t need to say much. Just LISTEN. Explore how they are feeling, such as questions like “How does that feel?”

Try your best to keep the conversation open and flowing to allow them to talk.

Most importantly, do not DENY how they are feeling or what they are telling you. Don’t pretend you know how they feel.

As scary as it sounds, ask the question. “Are you thinking about taking your own life?” Also do not judge or criticise what they tell you.

Don’t try and solve their problems. Reinsure them that they can find help. 

What do you do next?

If someone tells you they are feeling suicidal, make sure they are not left alone. Tell the person that you want to get them help. Sit with them and call their GP or 999. Even take them to A&E if need so.

Sit with them until they are seen by a member of the mental health team.

CALM run a free and confidential helpline and webchat – 7 hours a day, 7 days a week for anyone who needs to talk about life’s problems.

Please support me and the work CALM do by donating to my fundraising page:

Just £8 funds a potentially life-saving call to their helpline or webchat.

Thank you for your support and taking the time to read this post.

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