Richard and Mark have both published great articles on suicide prevention today.  I wanted to add a short note - because I have had the privilege this year of getting to know many Samaritans. 

The Samaritans are completely free and 24/7.  If you are in distress, if you are alone, if you don't feel able to talk to the people who know you, or if it's all feeling like there's no point anymore, Samaritans are there for you (116 123).

They listen, confidentially and completely non-judgementally, at the darkest of moments. They are with you.  At 4am, when things are feeling very bleak and there's maybe no-one else available, it can be a life-saving thing to know that there is someone there for you, who truly cares. 

For reasons I am not entirely sure I understand, I have volunteered to abseil down the i360 in Brighton on 21 September to raise funds to support the Samaritans' fantastic work.  byrne.dean are generously supporting me in this too.  If it's a cause you'd like to help, you can support us to reach our target here:  Just Giving 


September 10 is Suicide Prevention Day. We are proud to donate 2.5% of our Mental Health related income to the Samaritans: https://www.samaritans.org/