World Suicide Prevention Day

Cllr Paulette Hamilton talks about how everyone can learn about suicide prevention and help save lives.

Everyone has a role to play in preventing suicide.

Sometimes it is about having a conversation with someone in need, which can make a real difference.

We must look at what it is that drives someone so close to the very edge of despair that they think there is no way back. And what support is out there and how is it accessed.

Families, friends and communities can help by being aware of signs that someone may be thinking of taking their own life, and of where they can find help.

The Zero Suicide Alliance offers free awareness training and gives some great advice on how to approach a simple conversation with someone in need – as quite often this can make a real difference.

It looks at how to approach someone who may be vulnerable; how social isolation can affect mental health; the importance of breaking the stigma around suicide and encouraging open conversations.

Although the suicide rate in Birmingham is lower than other core cities there is still much to be done, which is why the Birmingham Suicide Prevention Strategy is about working with partners on every level, in every community, family and workplace, and this training will really complement and support the work we are doing.

I would encourage everyone to take a look and take part; it won’t take long but the 10, 20 or 30 minutes you spend on it could change or save someone’s life.

This blog was posted on Friday 10 September.

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