Pieta Cork is urging the public to become familiar with the signs of suicide.
Coinciding with World Suicide Prevention Day, Pieta has launched a new campaign to ‘Know the Signs’ of suicide, which aims to boost public awareness and help people identify the signs of suicide to watch out and listen for, if someone they know is considering taking their own life.
It says signs people should watch out for include people talking or writing about hurting themselves, dying or saying that they want to die; saying they have no purpose in their life, that they feel hopeless; and giving items away or saying goodbye to people.
In the past six months, Pieta crisis helplines have received 10,000 calls directly relating to suicide, self-harm and suicide bereavement.
In Ireland, the overall suicide rate is three times higher for males and they are urging people to be aware of signs that a loved one or friend is behaving in a worrying way and to never be afraid to reach out and start a conversation, if they think that someone they know is struggling.
The campaign will finish with the planting of trees of hope by Darkness into Light Committees across Cork and the rest of Ireland in memory of those who have died by suicide.
With Covid-19 and the cancellation of the traditional Darkness into Lights sunrise walk, the commemoration of those impacted by suicide will be especially important to areas with high rates of suicide.
“There have been high rates of suicide in the north side of Cork in particular over the years so I know that will be emotional enough for that community,” said Darren Coyle, Fundraising Executive for Pieta Cork.
For more information on the campaign visit www.pieta.ie.
If you are feeling suicidal, self-harming or bereaved, you can contact Pieta’s 24/7 via the Freephone crisis helpline on 1800 247 247 or text HELP to 51444