Holding out a hand to the Gypsy and Traveller community 

Published Thursday, 21st July 2022

A new video has been produced to help start more conversations about mental health and suicide within the Gypsy and Traveller community in Worcestershire.

The film can be viewed on the Traveller Times Film YouTube Channel.

Worcestershire County Council’s Suicide Prevention Team commissioned the piece called Hold Out a Hand and have been working with Rural Media to produce the video.

The piece is designed to challenge the stigma of suicide within local Gypsy and Traveller communities and make them aware of mental health and suicide prevention support available to them. 

Data from Ireland shows that Irish Traveller people living in Ireland are six times as likely to die by suicide than members of the general population.  

Official data in England on mental health and suicide within the Gypsy and Traveller Community is limited so it’s an issue that often goes unrecognised.  

It is hoped that this video will help to raise awareness of the issue and the support that is available if and when it is needed.

Councillor Karen May, Cabinet Member for Health and Wellbeing said, “This is a powerful film that gives a real insight into what people from the Gypsy and Traveller Community have gone through on their own. It’s important that all members of our community are able to get the support they need. If we can help one person take the first step to reaching out and improving their mental health, then that is a step in the right direction. Talking can help, you are not alone so please do reach out. ”

Support is available from:
One Call Away (Gypsy & Traveller confidential support) 07748 997617
Samaritans 116 123
Herefordshire and Worcestershire Urgent Mental Health Helpline 0808 196 9127