Church SOS reports Several people die in Norway from suicide than in accidents
World Day of Suicide Prevention, and Secretary General Leif Jarle Theis in Church SOS in Norway believes it is important to talk about this and not to believe it.
“In 2017, we conducted 21,782 talks dealing with suicidal thoughts,” Theis says. “This means that our volunteers receive about 60 such calls every single day.
Church SOS answers nearly 200,000 calls each year. In excess of 10 percent of the phone conversations are about suicidal thoughts. On the instant messaging service, the proportion is closer to 50 percent, and Theis believes these numbers are disturbing.
“At the same time, our service is proof that a good conversation can help save lives,” he emphasizes, and at the same time emphasizes that the numbers include everything from interviews about sporadic thoughts to concrete plans to end life here and now.
The Church SOS has around 1,000 volunteers who manages the 24-hour service on the phone and internet. The service is anonymous, therefore, the Church SOS does not have the number of lives they save with the offer. However, volunteers and employees are constantly receiving feedback from people who say that the conversations they have had have been very important to them.
Monday is marked throughout the country with light markings. In Oslo there will be 614 lights on the railway market, as many lights as the number of registered suicides in Norway in 2016. Åse Michaelsen (Frp) and the general secretary of the organizing organization Leve, Oddrun Bøhlerengen, attend the event.