Real Talk saves real people’s lives
Open and honest talk about suicide – you can really make a difference through Real Talk
1 in 5 people think about suicide in their lifetime
which means there are 4 people who can help.
Suicide is a community issue
Most people who die by suicide are not in touch with mental health services.
1 in 15 attempt suicide in their lifetime
With Real Talk, we can reach people when they’re at their most vulnerable.
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Real Talk About Suicide – Interactive Film
Our free interactive film how Jason helps his flatmate Chris, who is experiencing suicidal thoughts. Influence the conversation and safely understand the effect your choices may have as you support Chris through his crisis.
“We can all help people who are thinking about suicide, it is ordinary members of our community who have helped me most. You don’t need to be a professional or do anything extraordinary. Open conversations about suicide and listening are the most powerful tools we have and can save lives.” Read more…
“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.” Read more…
“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.” Read more…
“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.” Read more…
“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.” Read More…