World Suicide Prevention Day 2018

For World Suicide Prevention Day 2018 the theme was Working Together to Prevent Suicide. We used Twitter to showcase the partnerships and collaborations of our members in preventing suicide, and encouraged our members to profile their own joint work. We provided members with digital assets and other resources to support their activities on the day.

People with personal experience

NSPA members work in partnership across society. Below are examples of their work with people with personal experience of suicide.


Designing support services with autistic people

NSPA members: Samaritans and Autistica

Autistica are funding one of the first studies in the world to find out why autistic people are more likely to die by suicide than non-autistic people and to find ways to better support them.

Samaritans and Autistica are working together to make support more accessible for autistic people. In August, Autistica connected Samaritans with autistic people who have experienced suicidal thoughts to help them design a new online self-help tool. The Samaritans team are now reviewing the results to see what a prototype service could look like.

Samaritans are exploring new ways to support people struggling with suicidal thoughts who may not be able to, or may not wish to, discuss them with a Samaritans volunteer.

You can read about Autistica’s research and campaigning on suicide prevention on their website:

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Our communiity

Health services

Emergency services



International activity

The International Association for Suicide Prevention had a wide range of activities which took place on World Suicide Prevention Day. They also published the animated banner below as well as banners in at least 62 different languages.

The above banner reads:

World Suicide Prevention Day

Working Together to Prevent Suicide

September 10,  2018