Worcestershire County Council is supporting World Suicide Prevention Day, which is taking place this coming Monday (Sep 10).
The theme of this year's event is Working Together to Prevent Suicide, and the council's suicide prevention plan highlights the aims and work of the County Council and partner agencies across Worcestershire to prevent deaths by suicide.
On average, one person every week in Worcestershire dies by suicide and their death will affect at least 10 people are directly. The effects reach into every community and have a devastating impact on families, friends, colleagues and others. Suicide is preventable and the suicide prevention plan sets out the commitment to reduce the number of suicides across the county and to provide better support for those bereaved or affected by suicide.
Cllr John Smith, Cabinet Member with Responsibility for Health and Wellbeing, said: "Our suicide prevention plan demonstrates a whole system and community approach to addressing suicide across the population with a particular focus on targeted groups. Every suicide is a tragedy and we must do more collectively to prevent deaths by suicide.''
Our longer-term ambition is to adopt and achieve ‘zero suicide’ in Worcestershire as we believe suicide is preventable. Worcestershire's Time to Change hub is tackling mental health stigma and encouraging people to talk and seek support. The plan combines a range of interventions that build community resilience and target people who may be at higher risk of suicide.
On the 7th October, the Walk out of Darkness event will return to Birmingham to help raise awareness of mental health issues and reduce mental health stigma. Some walkers at previous events have walked in memory of loved ones who have died by suicide; and many more with lived experience of mental illness participate in the knowledge they will do so in a safe and supportive environment.
The theme for this year is Mental Health Equality for All and walkers can choose which charity they would like to fundraise for. We encourage Residents, Businesses, Schools, Universities, Private and Public sector services to participate in this positive event. To register for the event visit www.walkingoutofdarkness.com
One thing you can do today:
Free, online Zero Suicide Alliance training, was launched in November 2017 by the House of Commons. This short (20-30 min)course provides basic suicide prevention skills that anyone can use to help and support others. We encourage anyone to complete the training to learn how to recognise warning signs and keep someone safe when they could be contemplating suicide https://www.zerosuicidealliance.com/
For further information on World Suicide Prevention Day, please visit:
Samaritans are on hand 24 hours a day, 365 days a year to listen. Their number is free to call 116 123 or visit www.samaritans.org for more information.