Today, Thursday 10th September is World Suicide Prevention Day.
COVID- 19 has led to unprecedented situations for many people and the risk factors associated with suicide have increased. Therefore it’s more important than ever that we raise awareness to ensure people know that support is out there.
For people who are feeling vulnerable or distressed, having a strong sense of connection is an important part of suicide prevention. Connection can come in many forms, we can connect with friends and family, or have connections through activities, or with nature and the arts. A range of ‘connecting with’ ideas to has been developed by The National Suicide Prevention Alliance (NSPA) for this years focus on connection and can be found HERE
Derbyshire County Council are highlighting new support services aiming to help reduce the number of suicides in Derbyshire. The support ranges from online suicide prevention training to the launch of a new emotional health website. Find our more HERE.
If you, or someone you know, are feeling suicidal, there are several things that you can do:
- Speak to a friend, family member or someone you trust
- Call the Derbyshire Mental Health Support line on Freephone 0800 028 0077 (available 24 hours a day, seven days a week)
- Call the Samaritans 24-hour support service phone: Freephone 116 123 or contact Samaritans online
- Use the Staying Safe website for support, information and making your own safety plan
- Make an urgent appointment to see your GP
- Contact NHS 111
- In medical emergency and life-threatening situations please dial 999 or attend your nearest hospital emergency department.