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Worcestershire County Council backs World Suicide Prevention Day

Councillor John Smith, Cabinet Member for Health and Wellbeing Published Thursday, 10th September 2020

Today is World Suicide Prevention Day, (10 September).

Worcestershire County Council is reminding residents it’s good to talk and support is on hand when you need it.

World Suicide Prevention Day aims to raise awareness of issues with mental health and this year Worcestershire County Council is drawing attention to men and mental health.

Over the next few weeks, additional support will focus on tackling issues around men who are most at risk.

Rachael Leslie, Public Health Consultant in Worcestershire said: “Men in Worcestershire are 3 times more likely to die by suicide than women. We want to build a suicide safer community for Herefordshire and Worcestershire.”

“Sometimes, men who have taken their own life, have not sought help and they can be less likely to speak to a GP about their mental health, often due to stigma or beliefs held around masculinity.” 

We are starting a new programme of work that will tackle this issue by developing new opportunities for men to come together, talk and build new interests and friendships. Support and funding will be available to develop drop-in social sessions, focused events and workplace activity particularly within higher risk industries and communities.”

Councillor John Smith, Cabinet Member for Health and Wellbeing added: “There is still a huge stigma for men around talking about emotional and mental health, and we know that men can find getting over the bumps in life, like divorce, redundancy or bereavement very challenging. 
We’re going find new ways to help them deal with these situations and encourage them to find support and connect with others through shared interests or hobbies.”

If you or someone you know, is struggling and needs to speak to someone, the Now We’re Talking campaign offers support online.

For more information, please visit the dedicated Now We're Talking website.

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