World Suicide Prevention Day 2021

World Suicide Prevention Day 2021

This article has been written and medically approved by Pharmacist Conor McSorley GPhC Reg No. 2223070

  • An estimated 703 000 people die by suicide worldwide each year.1
  • Over one in every 100 deaths (1.3%) in 2019 were the result of suicide.1
  • The global suicide rate is over twice as high among men than women.1
  • Over half (58%) of all deaths by suicide occur before the age of 50 years old.1
  1. World Health Organization. Suicide worldwide in 2019: global health estimates. Available from: [Accessed 13 July 2021]

Here are some tips that can help all of us live a healthier, happier and longer life. 

  1. Talk and Listen 
    70% of men say their friends can rely on them for support at a time in need but in reality only 48% think they are able to rely on their friends. You don't need to be an expert or have all the solutions to support someone who needs help, but being there for someone can be lifesaving. Don't worry about reaching out for support if you feel you are in a vulnerable position, whether it is a friend, colleague or family, use the people around you. 

  2. Spend Time with People
    Catching up and staying connected has been made harder over the past two years by COVID but can be good for everyone now that restrictions have been lifted. Friends are important to mental wellbeing so make contact, reach out, listen and share. 

  3. Don't Be Scared of Health Care
    Pharmacists and doctors are here to help you, they shouldn't be seen as a hurdle for getting advice or help when you need it. If something doesn't feel right, then make an appointment with your GP or give us a call. Let us help to put your mind at rest. 

  4. Get Moving 
    Being more active increases your general mood as well as offering a host of other health benefits. Park further from the office, get off the bus a stop earlier or just try taking the stairs instead of the lift. You don't always need to get to the gym - there are plenty of options to get you moving.