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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, for many different reasons, have questioned the value of their own lives.

Each one of these individuals is part of a community. Some may be well linked in to this community, and have a network of family, friends and work colleagues or schoolmates. 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 nonjudgmental way can make all the difference.

As part of our Future in Mind initiative, students are encouraged to talk about their feelings and reach out for the support available to them, both in school and via PAPYRUS (prevention of young suicide). More support and information about how you can get help is available via and on and via the Care,
Support and Guidance area on the CHS website.

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