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Mental health

On Tuesday 10 September it was World Suicide Prevention Day. To mark this occasion the Belgian organisations focussed on the topic of suicide launched a joint campaign to remind everyone that we all can do our part to prevent suicide. In #Liège, representatives of the "Un pass dans l'Impasse" prevention centre took to the streets and distributed flyers and the symbol of suicide prevention, the yellow and orange ribbon. By broaching the topic of suicide with residents of Liège, members of "Un pass dans l'Impasse" wish to encourage everyone to play a role, to "dare to act" if a loved one is in distress. According to the prevention centre, talking about suicide is a necessity. In Liège, the latest figures published by the scientific institute of public health dating from 2016 are particularly alarming. The Liège district had 150 suicide deaths, the highest figure in Wallonia, largely ahead of Charleroi and Namur. In the districts of Waremme and Huy, there were respectively 21 and 15 deaths by suicide in 2016. It is also noted that men are more often affected. Several resources are available by phone or online (www.info-suicide.be) in order to fight against feelings of unease and suicidal thoughts. The advice of the specialised associations is that we can listen to the person without judging them, to take their suffering seriously and to inform them of the number of specialised care centres, who can be contacted 24/7 on +32 (0)81 771 150 and +32 (0)81 777 878. Source: RTC Liège



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