Suicide prevention


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Our Trust has produced a number of videos including a short animation which has helpful tips and advice to help if you or a family member or a friend is feeling suicidal.
 
To share some simple coping tips and to help those who have been affected by suicide our Trust have created videos which feature personal experiences of dealing with the loss of someone to suicide in the hope of helping others. More than 6,000 suicides happen in the UK each year – 18 people a day. 
 
Dennis Dewar, Trust Engagement and Experience Co-ordinator shares his story of losing a friend to suicide 38 years ago said: "Things have changed a lot since 1980, back then it just wasn't talked about, there was no real support or compassion.
 
"I am really glad that times have moved on and people have the opportunity to talk. If you are worried about a family member or friend, let them know you're there for them. Sometimes, just asking 'are you okay?' can be enough to bring someone back from feeling suicidal."
 
Phil Cooper, Nurse Consultant at North West Boroughs Healthcare, also offers his advice in the video.

He said: "Suicide is currently the biggest killer of men aged between 20 and 49 in the UK, but suicidal thoughts and feelings can affect anyone. If you are feeling suicidal, the best thing you can do is speak to someone you trust – whether that's a family member, a friend or your GP.

"It's important to remember that help is available and talking to someone about how you're feeling is an important step to getting that support and feeling better.




If you are feeling suicidal, don't suffer in silence – seek immediate help:
  • Contact the Samaritans on freephone 116 123 – they're open 24 hours and are there to listen
  • Contact your GP for an emergency appointment
  • Call NHS 111
 Anyone affected by the suicide of someone close to them can call the Survivors of Bereavement by Suicide (SOBS) helpline on 0800 003 7029 or visit: www.uk-sobs.org.uk