It’s World Suicide Prevention Day on 10th September and the theme for 2016 is ‘Connect, Communicate, Care’ - three words at the heart of suicide prevention and the focus of Connecting with People’s ‘Dear Distressed’ project.
‘Dear Distressed’ invites bloggers with personal experiences of deep distress, of thinking that life isn’t worth living and suicidal thoughts, but now in an emotionally-safer place, to write and publish a letter to themselves that would have helped in their darkest moments. Sharing experiences is an incredibly powerful way to reach and help others, providing those struggling with some much needed hope that it IS possible to recover, with the right support. We’d like to thank everyone who has helped launch #DearDistressed with their own personal letters, which can be found below.
Interested in Contributing?
We know that your insight comes at a great cost and we’re sorry that you’ve been in a dark place. Your experience has real potential to help send a clear message to those currently in distress that “suicidal thoughts are a sign to change something in your life, not to end your life, and that it IS possible to recover, with the right help”. A contribution to the ‘Dear Distressed’ project may very well be a life-saving act.
We suggest that letters are no longer than 500 words, but please don’t worry if you want to make it shorter – this is great too. Connecting with People are incredibly grateful for your time, energy and honesty, and confident that readers experiencing distress will be too. Let us know when you’ve posted - the more letters we can share, the more opportunities to help. Links can be sent to email@example.com
IMPORTANT PLEASE READ:
To ensure safety and minimise any possible ‘triggering’ of vulnerable readers, we are requesting that everyone who wishes to be involved with the ‘Dear Distressed’ campaign follows the best practice, media guidelines. These can be found in the following links:
We are extremely grateful to all our contributors who have taken the time to write such personal, powerful and heartfelt letters.
If you feel you need support, please call Samaritans on 116 123 (free-to-call number open 24/7)
If you are a young person and need to talk to someone now, please ring Childline on 0800 1111 to speak to a counsellor. Calls are free and confidential.
If you are not ready to talk to anyone yet, please see Staying safe http://www.connectingwithpeople.org/StayingSafe
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