10th September is World Suicide Prevention Day. Each year, on the same date, communities and organisations campaign on a global scale to raise awareness of the tragedy of suicide and explore ways in which we can all help to prevent it.

This year, Kingsley Napley’s REACH and (Diff)ability groups are hosting a mental health seminar to raise awareness of the prevalence of deaths by suicide in the UK. The event will be hosting an internal talk from a very specialist panel of speakers who will share their expertise and hope to raise awareness about mental health, how we can help take care of those around us and ourselves, and how we can help combat the frightening statistics for preventable deaths from suicide in the UK. Our team will all be tuning in to listen and learn.

Why is this important?

The latest suicide statistics show that more than 6,800 people died by suicide in 2018, in the UK and Republic of Ireland. With the right help and timely support, we know that suicide is often preventable. It is by no means an inevitability.

In the Medical Negligence and Personal Injury team here at Kingsley Napley, we often act for families who have lost a loved one through suicide. We understand how devastating this can be and we support them by representing them at Pre Inquest Review Hearings and Inquests. If there are failings in the care provided, we then act for the families in medical negligence claims. After what the families have been through before walking through our doors, bringing a claim can be a hugely daunting process but we are experienced in medical negligence claims involving deaths by suicide and can make the journey that little bit easier, for those who need our help.

How can you get involved in World Suicide Prevention Day?

There are various online campaigns by numerous companies but take a look at what is happening at the following organisations; you can take part yourself or simply donate to this worthy cause:

https://www.iasp.info/wspd2021/get-involved/

https://www.samaritans.org/support-us/campaign/world-suicide-prevention-day/