Take A Minute

14th September 2018

Take A Minute

Monday 10th September was World Suicide Prevention Day 2018. In our blog this week Peter McBride, CEO of Inspire, tells us about their Take a Minute campaign and how we all have a part to play in suicide prevention.

Inspire’s services are shaped by the people who use our services, our staff and volunteers. This ethos of collaborative working means that our services wonderfully represent the diverse choices, aspirations, and innovation which exists in any productive community. Yet, this same ethos also means that we are acutely sensitive to the lived experiences and lived challenges facing people in our society including those experiencing suicidal feelings.

It’s our belief that to address an issue of wellbeing within society, we must firstly talk about that issue and only then, will we, as a society, be able to effectively deal with that issue. For this reason, Inspire launched our Take a Minute Campaign on World Suicide Prevention Day (10/09/18) in order both to challenge stigma and provide information on suicide prevention.

Our Take a Minute Campaign is based on the principle that we all have a part to play in suicide prevention. Through this Campaign, we hope to encourage people to start a conversation around mental health, breaking down the stigma which stops people asking for help. We are encouraging people to take a minute to reach out to someone in your community – a family member, friend, colleague or even a stranger – it could make all the difference.

Our Campaign asks people to take a minute:

  • To be mindful of how you are feeling;
  • To reach out and start a conversation;
  • To listen to someone with compassion, empathy and a lack of judgement;
  • To notice what is going on with you, your family, your friends and your colleagues;
  • To find out what help is available for both you and others.

We believe passionately that this public health matter, demands that all people, organisations and agencies work together to challenge the isolation caused by stigma, to raise awareness and disseminate information to address the causes of suicide. Take a minute, for yourself, for others and for your community. Inspire’s website hosts a range of Take a Minute Campaign resources and links to partner agencies at: https://www.inspirewellbeing.org/policy-campaigns/campaigns/world-suicide-prevention-day.