It’s okay to talk

09 September 2016

CWP is supporting this year’s World Suicide Prevention Day (10 September) by encouraging people to speak up and get support if they are feeling overwhelmed by symptoms of depression and stress.

With over 6000 suicides occurring in the UK and Ireland each year, and with men three times more likely to commit suicide than women, Cheshire and Wirral Partnership NHS Foundation Trust (CWP) wants to raise awareness of the issues, reduce stigma, and encourage people to seek help before they reach a crisis point.

Dr Anushta Sivananthan, consultant psychiatrist and medical director at CWP, said: “In the UK, there is a suicide attempt every 20 minutes and 70% of people who die by taking their own life are not in touch with mental health professionals. There are many different support options out there for people, and I’d encourage anyone experiencing suicidal tendencies to take that first positive step towards help, even if that means simply talking to a loved one.”

CWP held a Suicide Prevention Workshop on 8 September, drawing over 100 attendees. At the event, the Trust reinforced its commitment to Cheshire and Merseyside Public Health Collaborative’s (CHAMPS) suicide prevention vision:

Cheshire and Merseyside is a region where suicides are eliminated, where people do not consider suicide as a solution to the difficulties they face. A region that supports people at a time of personal crisis and builds individual and community resilience for improved lives.

Angela Samata, former head of Survivors of Bereavement by Suicide (SOBS) and presenter of recent BBC documentary Life After Suicide, said: “World Suicide Prevention Day can be the catalyst to an incredibly important conversation. Talking and sharing our stories is not the whole answer, but it’s such a positive first step. Be honest and open - it’s okay not to be okay.”

If you need help or if you are worried about someone else you can find immediate assistance via the following support services:

  • CALM: 0800 58 58 58
  • Samaritans: 116 123
  • Papyrus: 0800 068 41 41

Visit www.cwp.nhs.uk for more information.

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