Lewes District Council will be supporting World Suicide Prevention Day on 10 September.
Across the world over 800,000 people die as a result of suicide every year; in the UK in 2017 there were 5,821 suicides. The World Suicide Prevention Day campaign is all about showing people you don’t have to be a GP or other medical professional to check in with someone you are concerned about.
The key thing is having the confidence to start a conversation with anyone you think needs help.
Lewes District Council is launching a suicide awareness course on 10 September that will help staff identify the warning signs and gives them the confidence to provide initial support.
Councillor Zoe Nicholson, Leader of Lewes District Council, said:
"One in four people are affected by some form of mental health issue and sadly this sometimes leads people to take their own life or feel the need to attempt to.
"We need to show that mental health issues are no longer a taboo and that being suicidal is nothing to be ashamed of and that people are willing to listen. I’m delighted the council is launching an awareness course, it is a fantastic and very positive step."
Information and other resources are available at www.iasp.info and www.samaritans.org
If you're not feeling okay contact the Samaritans on 116 123, day or night. You can get in touch about anything that’s troubling you, no matter how large or small the issue feels.
Published on 5 September, 2019