Distant Goodbye | World Suicide Prevention Day

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World Suicide Prevention Day

World Suicide Prevention Day ribbon held in hands

World Suicide Pevention Day takes place on 10 September 2020.  Many of us will be affected by suicide in some way during our lives.  Every life lost to suicide is someone’s partner, parent, child, friend or colleague.  Suicide prevention is everyone’s business.   Suicide is preventable and we can all play our part in making a difference.

World Suicide Prevention Day provides the opportunity for people across the globe to raise awareness of suicide and suicide prevention. The theme again this year is ‘Working together to prevent suicide’ and we have arranged a virtual event and resources to share related experience, knowledge and practice within Nottinghamshire Healthcare.

There will be focus on:

  • Suicide prevention is everyone’s business. 
  • Nottinghamshire Healthcare’s Towards Zero Suicide strategy and how we can work together, and with our community partners, to prevent suicide 
  • Self-care, wellbeing and making a safety plan
  • Making connections and reaching out to others

To find out more about our Towards Zero Suicide ambition or any aspect of our suicide prevention work, contact SuicidePrevention@nottshc.nhs.uk  

In recognition of World Suicide Prevention Day, we are sharing a number of poems that people have written about how suicide has affected their lives.  Thank you to everyone for sharing their personal experience in this way.

Distant Goodbye

A week away, as in the years before,
Sun shining, flowers blooming, a garden to explore,
Garage door ajar, a new car inside,
The closest I’d felt to saying goodbye.
The new car is shiny, small, clean and blue,
I know what happened there, as we all do,
You had gone, you left, a space now empty,
The silence is loud, the words too heavy,
A sad truth that has always stayed with me,
And nudged me when I have felt need to leave.
But where to go- not here, not there, not where,
Is that how you felt, tired hopeless despair?
I can still see now that shiny blue car,
That sat in the place where you had once left.
I do now because of you, and those who miss you,
For me, for them, for others to find ways to stay.



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