Autumn 2019


World Suicide Prevention Day 2019 - The impact of courses on wellbeing


The 10th September marked #WorldSuicidePreventionDay and was acknowledged by HAFLS across social media avenues.

Organised by the International Association for Suicide Prevention (IASP), the day aims to highlight the universal challenge of suicide prevention. 'Every year, suicide is among the top 20 leading causes of death globally for people of all ages. It is responsible for over 800,000 deaths, which equates to one suicide every 40 seconds.

Every life lost represents someone’s partner, child, parent, friend or colleague. For each suicide approximately 135 people suffer intense grief or are otherwise affected. This amounts to 108 million people per year who are profoundly impacted by suicidal behaviour. Suicidal behaviour includes suicide, and also encompasses suicidal ideation and suicide attempts. For every suicide, 25 people make a suicide attempt and many more have serious thoughts of suicide.' (

At HAFLS, a lot of our learners commonly remark on how adult learning helps them in coping with, or as a distraction from, the symptoms of anxiety and depression. The chance to escape their own thoughts is a welcome relief and the focus of a course is sometimes the light at the end of a tunnel for a learner.

The important thing to understand is that you are not alone and there are a number of ways to get help.

Helplines: Samaritans: 116 123 (free, for everyone, 24/7)
CALM: 0800 585858 (free, for men, 5pm-midnight)
PAPYRUS: 0800 968 4141 (free, for young people, 9am-10pm Mon-Fri, 2pm-10pm at the weekend)
NHS non-emergency: England/Scotland: 111
Wales: 0845 4647

In Hertfordshire, one of our partners, Mind, run a fantastic Nightlight crisis service which can also be a lifeline;



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