It’s World Suicide Prevention Day tomorrow

Find out what you can do to help…

Did you know one in five people will have suicidal thoughts?

As we emerge from a global pandemic which has changed everyone’s lives immeasurably, spotting the signs of someone who is struggling and knowing how you could help could be vital.

Tomorrow (Friday 10 September) is World Suicide Prevention Day, with this year’s theme focusing on Creating Hope Through Action, offering us all a chance to think about how we can make a difference or perhaps support others in their time of need.

Hertfordshire Partnership Foundation Trust is holding an online conference from 9.15am to 1pm, which will include:

  • lived experiences
  • details of work currently being carried out in the region
  • the opportunity to take part in reflective discussion led by a clinician.

You can join the meeting direct or view the conference programme.

The September issue of the Vita Health Group newsletter also focuses on suicide prevention.

It includes a section on reasons someone may consider suicide and also the things you should avoid saying to someone who is in that position.

If you are experiencing difficult times and don’t know where to turn you can talk to our fully trained Mental Health First Aiders, who can advise and support you confidentially and without judgement.

You can email Steff Monk, Emma Harnett, Naomi Money, Sarah Gascoigne, Anita Root and Jacquie Clements directly.

Alternatively, if you need someone to talk to any time of day, call the Here For You confidential helpline, available 24/7, on 0344 257 3960. You can also email Here For You or visit the Here For You website.

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