SHOW SUPPORT: The initiative is part of the LetsTalkAboutSuicideEssex campaign (Image: Getty)
Submitted by NHS Mid and South Essex Health and Care Partnership
Beacons of green light will shine across Essex next month as part of a campaign to encourage residents to think about how we can support suicide prevention.
The week-long ‘Creating Hope Through Light’ event follows the success of last December’s campaign in which places lit up green to create beacons of hope.
The joint initiative of Mid and South Essex Integrated Care System and Thurrock & Brentwood Mind is part of the wider LetsTalkAboutSuicideEssex campaign.
In 2019, 111 people took their own lives in Essex alone.
The campaign also aims to reduce the stigma around talking about suicide and encourages people to take the free online suicide prevention training, while highlighting other mental health resources available at the center and the South Essex.
Suicide prevention training focuses on three key elements—see, say, a sign. “See the Problem, Say the Words, Report the Support” is designed to give people the knowledge and confidence to talk to someone who may be at risk or thinking about suicide.
Alfred Bandakpara-Taylor, deputy director of adult mental health for NHS Mid and South Essex, said: “Suicide is the leading cause of death in the UK for men under 50. Suicide is preventable and preventable death.
“Our ambition is to ensure that we do everything we can to reduce these numbers and prevent the devastating and permanent impact on families, loved ones and local communities.
“We hope this campaign will inspire more people to talk about suicide to break the stigma. We want to encourage as many people as possible to take the free training so that they can support someone in the future who may be at risk or thinking about suicide. ”
So far buildings in Brentwood, Castle Point, Chelmsford, Clacton, Colchester, Grays, Pitsea, Maldon, Thurrock and Southend have pledged to go green to show their support for the cause on September 10.
Lynne Morgan, CEO of Thurrock & Brentwood Mind, said: “This is the second year, and we are deeply humbled by the response from organizations that have stepped up in support of the ‘Creating Hope Through Light’ campaign. as well as challenging theirs. staff to undergo training.
“We hope that more people and organizations will join us and encourage as many people as possible to take the suicide prevention training.”
For more information on how to get involved, visit the website, here.
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