There are many benefits of putting on your own event to raise awareness about suicide.
A ChangeMaker event is a great opportunity to get groups of people together to raise awareness about suicide and to make change. We know that people find it difficult to talk about suicide. Getting people together in a safe and welcoming environment encourages open and honest talk.
Our ChangeMakers are in the community, hosting events and raising vital funds to support suicide prevention work.
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We know that every suicide is a tragedy, and it’s painful for those left behind. Putting on an event large or small will enable you to have the opportunity for Real Talk and find support from others in your networks. It’s a chance to come together.
Here are a few examples of what you can do: organise a get together at your home, local coffee shop or pub, running a quiz, music event or bake sale, or donating your birthday gifts or party to a good cause.
Take a look at our JustGiving page to set up your own event page and see what others like you have done:
Download fundraising pack here.
Perhaps you would like to take on a personal challenge to raise awareness about suicide. Our ChangeMakers say taking on a personal challenge for an important cause they are passionate about really makes a difference to them. ChangeMakers say the process of training and preparing for an event is good for their wellbeing and gives them something to be proud of.
Here are a few examples of personal challenges you take part in: running a marathon or walking long distances, setting a new goal like ‘Dry January’ or ‘Movember’. Challenges are fun and rewarding.
We supply you with tshirt stickers, resources, flyers and donation boxes to support your event.
Having Real Talk about suicide shows you care and that it’s ok to talk about.
Sometimes the fear of saying the wrong thing gets in the way of us speaking up and asking about someone’s thoughts or feelings around suicide. The most important thing is to show you care and to listen. During a Real Talk session, you will learn phrases that promote help seeking, are open ended and allow someone to talk.
Please visit our Resources page to download key ways to help start conversations.
If you would like to learn more starting a Real Talk conversation, then please visit our Get Involved page to sign up to our next Real Talk session.
“I’m a Brighton based Roller Derby Skater. Having suffered with depression myself and been affected by suicide, I know it is vital to connect with people before they get so desperate they see suicide as the only option. Roller derby is a sport that attracts all kinds of people with differing backgrounds, situations and mental states. We all support each other and our teammates are like family.”
“When another person’s pain is hard to bear, imagine how unbearable it is for that person. Please don’t walk away, as no one is immune to misfortune and tragedy. One day it could be you who helps someone person in need or needs support yourself.”
“For prostate Cancer awareness people grow moustaches in November. To show support for Cancer research people wear yellow daffodils. For endangered rhinos people run marathons dressed in elaborate costumes. But for suicide, the biggest killer for men under 50 males, we seem to talk in hushes and skirt awkwardly around the subject, which for many is sadly seen as a shameful taboo. We need to talk about suicide to remove the taboo.”
“I was shocked when I found out that 1 in 15 people have attempted suicide. That figure reflects how many people feel isolated and unable to open up about their feelings. As a community, we can break the stigma associated with these thoughts and start having supportive conversations without judgement or prejudice.”
“I have worked with mental health service users for many years and know too well the cost of suicidal behaviours and suicide to others. Anyone can have suicidal thoughts which are often accompanied with psychological pain. Reaching out to a person with suicidal thoughts can enable them to share their pain and inspire hope in them.”
“I am doing a 40-race challenge over 20 months to raise money for local suicide prevention work. Suicide is everyone’s business because it can affect anyone at any time with devastating consequences. It can be preventable if a person in need gets help at the crucial time. Many people perceive this to be a sensitive topic but try not to let that be a barrier. Mental health is just as important as physical health and we all need to talk about it.”