Twitter helps support World Suicide Prevention Day activity

Charities including Cruse Bereavement Care and the Samaritans are taking part in activity online on 10 September to highlight World Suicide Prevention Day and the mental health challenges people face.

Joe Lepper | 9th Sep 19

Charities are taking part in a raft of online activity to highlight World Suicide Prevention Day (September 10), which includes an emoji link up with Twitter.

The campaign has been in place since 2003 and has been created by a collaboration between the World Health Organisation, the World Federation for Mental Health and the International Association for Suicide Prevention (IASP).

This year the theme is working together to prevent suicide and is using #WSPD2019 across social media channels.

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Twitter has teamed up with the campaign this year to ensure that when its promotional hashtags are used then an emoji showing a yellow and orange suicide prevention ribbon is instantly applied.

This includes the hashtags #WorldSuicidePreventionDay, #SuicidePrevention and #WSPD, as well as #WSPD2019.

Among those raising awareness of mental health issues is Cruse Bereavement Care, which is using eye catching visuals on social media to highlight how grief impacts on mental health.

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Meanwhile the Samaritans is releasing a report on the day to highlight latest suicide trends in the UK. This is being accompanied on its website with images showing some of the latest rates, for example by age group and gender.

Another charity involved in the activity is Making Space, which supports those people with mental health conditions as well as learning disabilities and dementia.

It is using social media to urge people to time to ask how their friends are and listen to their reply.

In addition the IASP has created an official World Suicide Prevention Day 2019 website. This is inviting bloggers and writers to use imagery, figures and online resources to help promote the event.

Also included in the campaign is an online IASP video to promote activity.