10 September 2020
Candle

On 10 September, Northamptonshire County Council joins the rest of the world in recognising World Suicide Prevention Day (WSPD).

The World Health Organisation campaign aims to challenge the stigma around suicide - which affects around 7000 people in the UK every year, while raising awareness of the significant impact it has.

Charities Mind, Every Mind Matters and The Mental Health Foundation have shared reliable information and tips to help people cope during this time.

If you need someone to talk to:

Samaritans: Call 116 123 (24hr, 7 days per week)

Shout: Text 85258

How can I get involved and work together to help prevent suicide?

  • Light a candle near a window at 8pm as part of the IASP campaign as a symbol of supporting suicide prevention and to remember loved ones.
  • Take a minute to reach out to someone - a family member, friend or colleague, or even a complete stranger - this can change a life. Use the Samaritans listening tips on how to support someone if you think they are struggling or visit Time to Change for helpful tools to initiate a conversation around mental health.
  • While every individual is different, there are some key suicide warning signs to look out for. Read about the warning signs in this safe to talk about suicide' leaflet or 'Supporting someone who feels suicidal' guide by Mind.
  • Take some time to understand the reasons why someone would take their own life by visiting Zero Suicide Alliance where you can take their simple online awareness training to gain the skills to save a life.
  • Share information on where we can find support for both you and others through the useful contacts found on the Rethink website.
  • Visit the Staying Safe website for information on how to make a safety plan, including video tutorials and online templates to guide you through the process. Read more about what can help or make a difference on the NHFT website.

Safeguarding is everybody's business. Support the Northamptonshire Safeguarding Adults Board by printing posters and sharing graphics on social media. Visit the Northamptonshire Safeguarding Adults board website to find out more.