The Malta Independent 21 September 2019, Saturday

World Suicide Prevention Day: New foundation launched

Tuesday, 10 September 2019, 16:33 Last update: about 11 days ago

A new foundation was launched today with the aim of preventing suicide and self-harming and to aid those who have mental illness and considering suicide. Today is World Suicide Prevention Day.

Psychiatrist Mark Xuereb, who is part of the team, said that suicide is a preventable tragedy. "We are an enthusiastic team who are here to provide aid for those who are in a crisis, might be influenced to commit suicide and those who have tried to end their live and survived."

Xuereb said that two to four people a month commit suicide in Malta and Gozo, and that the globally there is a rise in number of suicides between the ages 15-25 years. "We are here to provide aid for those victims who have tried to commit suicide and for those who are considered about their loved ones who have a mental illness and might turn towards suicide."

The foundation members are being coached by Befrienders Worldwide and Samaritans UK.

The foundation is to be known as Sokkors Fil-Pront (Immediate help) and song-writer Joe Demicoli has written a song which will serve as its slogan: “Irridek Tghix” (I want you to live).  The song’s lyrics reflect on a person who is suffering from mental illness and might feel alone, and is aimed to assist people afflicted by suicide and self-harm.

The foundation encourages people to join the International Association for Suicide Prevention and SFP to light a candle by a window at 8pm in honour of those who died by suicide, those contemplating suicide, those who survived a suicide attempt and their loved ones.

The foundation is working towards having their own helpline, currently if someone wishes to speak to the foundation and in need of aid they can currently call 99339966; 25/7 helpline and consultation or contact Crisis Resolution Malta on Facebook or email [email protected]

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