World Suicide Prevention Day on Thursday 10 September

Thursday 10th September is World Suicide Prevention Day.

To support this year’s theme of ‘Working Together to Prevent Suicide’ we will be sharing information across our social media channels to help raise awareness around suicide and suicide prevention.

For every suicide, 25 people make a suicide attempt and many more have serious thoughts of suicide.

The day aims to raise awareness of the issue and tackle the stigma, encouraging people to seek help and identify when friends and family are struggling with the mental health.

To support the campaign, please download the attached poster and display in in your workplace.

If you need support following a bereavement, Survivors of Bereavement by Suicide (SOBS) operate a helpline 9am-9am everyday: 0300 111 5065. To find out more information about support services visit: https://www.mind.org.uk/information-support/guides-to-support-and-services/bereavement/bereavement-by-suicide/.

Covid19 has changed life for us all. It may cause you to feel anxious, stressed, worried, sad, or lonely. IMO Charity will be supporting the mental health and wellbeing of local people in Blackburn with Darwen during the pandemic by providing a dedicated helpline.

They will work with clients to develop healthy, positive coping strategies, and promote self-esteem to encourage recovery and moving forward with life. Call 01254 781310 Mon-Fri between 12pm and 5pm.

For every 1 suicide 25 people make a suicide attempt. If you are experiencing suicidal thoughts, please reach out and tell someone about how you are feeling! If you find it difficult to reach out to family members or friends, there are lots of helplines you can call:

Samaritans – for everyone – call 116 123 (24/7) or email jo@samaritans.org

Campaign Against Living Miserably (CALM) – for men. Call 0800 58 58 58 – 5pm to midnight every day

Papyrus – for people under 35 – call 0800 068 41 41 – Monday to Friday 9am to 10pm, weekends and bank holidays 2pm to 10pm. Text 07860 039967 or email pat@papyrus-uk.org

Childline – for children and young people under 19 Call 0800 1111 – the number will not show up on your phone bill

Nearly 1 in 5 people will experience suicidal thoughts in their lifetime. Small things can make a big difference to someone who is experiencing suicidal thoughts. What’s a small thing you can do to support someone today?

Lancashire Mind has been delivering Suicide Prevention training across Lancashire and South Cumbria. Their Suicide First Aid Lite Virtual courses are taking place on:

  • September 17th 09:30-12:30
  • September 23rd 13:00-16:00
  • October 1st 13:00-16:00  

If you are interested in attending please contact admin@lancashiremind.org.uk or visit: https://www.lancashiremind.org.uk/pages/132-suicide-prevention

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