World Suicide Prevention Day 2015: The Government of Ireland has announced to turn the landmark buildings into Orange colour. The tall towers will be lightened up with orange colour tonight to celebrate or in wake of WSPD.
Cycle Against Suicide is an organization which took the initiative to organize this illumination as a mark of Events against Suicide.
The list of buildings to be utilized in this campaign include, Trinity College and Croke Park in Dublin, Cork City Hall, Kilkenny Castle and Belfast Hall and some other landmarks in north and south of the border.
People will also showcase their participation by lightening up an orange colored light bulb in their houses at night, 9 pm, across the nation.
A series of events will also be organised at Dublin’s Mansion House including various city and town halls at today’s evening.
World Suicide Prevention Day 2015
Kilkenny Castle will light up orange today for #WorldSuicidePreventionDay #LetsGoOrange #BreakTheCycle pic.twitter.com/IJKi5b9Z4B
— Kilkenny.Com (@KilkennyCom) September 10, 2015
The initiators have took the work load to aware people about this day. In order to do that, the organizes have asked citizens to put something orange onto themselves and later share their pics wearing something orange on social media with the hashtag #LetsGoOrange and #BreakTheCycle.
More information can be found on the group’s Facebook and Twitter pages.
I’m ready for tomorrow … are you? @CASuicide #LetsGoOrange & #BreakTheCycle #itsOKnottofeelOK pic.twitter.com/DLhU8zI9gX
— Lyn =^..^= (@KoolF1Kat) September 9, 2015
Group says mental health stigma widespread – World Suicide Prevention Day 2015
A large proportion of the society is suffering from the mental health problems, but the people feel disgrace about it, as reported by the St. Patrick’s Mental Health Services.
New research by the service, to coincide with World Suicide Prevention Day, has found that only 53% of respondents agree that people with a mental health difficulty are trustworthy.
The research was conducted via a dedicated online survey with 507 adults aged 18-70 years.
67% of people said Irish people view being treated for a mental health difficulty as a sign of personal failure.
Around one in four do not believe that Irish people would be willing to accept someone with a mental health issue as a close friend.
Only 21% believe that Irish employers would be comfortable employing someone with a mental health problem.
The study also found that 29% of respondents would not trust someone with a previous mental health difficulty to babysit.
CEO of St Patrick’s Paul Gilligan said more comprehensive action is needed to reduce the stigma related to mental health difficulties.
He said recovery from mental health difficulties is not only possible but should be expected, with the right support and help.