Working together to prevent suicide

People, Health and Care
13:14, Thursday, 1st September 2022

Saturday 10 September is World Suicide Prevention Day and this year’s theme is ‘Creating Hope Through Action’ to encourage and empower people to take action to further prevent suicide around the world.

A life is lost through suicide every two hours in the UK, and suicidal thoughts and feelings affect thousands of people every day.

Everyone has a role to play and by working together can address the challenges that are presented by suicidal behaviours and raise awareness that suicide can be prevented. Anyone can have suicidal thoughts, but everyone can offer support and make a difference.

North Lincolnshire Council, Samaritans, Mind, One For The Lads, New Beginning, Survivors of Bereavement by Suicide (SOBS) and Carers Support Service are asking everyone to make a pledge and show their support by taking part in a Scunthorpe Parkrun.

The local Parkrun’s will be taking place on Saturday 10 September at 9am at both Central Park in Scunthorpe and Normanby Hall Country Park and participants are encouraged to wear yellow or green during the 5km events.

People participating in the Parkrun at Central Park will be able to talk to support organisations after they have crossed the finish line to find out about the local support that is on offer.

North Lincolnshire Public Health Team are hosting a ‘safeTALK’ workshop in a bid to raise awareness about the risks of suicide, help prepare participants to identify people with thoughts of suicide and shows how to connect them with lifesaving first-aid resources.

Local sports clubs, local support groups, voluntary and community groups, local businesses, community members, volunteers, youth groups, coach leaders and anyone who is interested in a preventing suicide can attend.

The workshop is taking place in partnership with Bottesford Town Football Club at
Bottesford Town Football Club, Birch Park, Ontario Road, Scunthorpe, DN17 2TQ, on Thursday 8 September from 6.30pm to 10pm.

Booking is essential and spaces are limited. To book a place please email elizabeth.borrill@northlincs.gov.uk with your name and contact details.

Suicide prevention training and information can be accessed from a variety of organisations such as Zero Suicide Alliance Training and #TalkSuicide.

Zero suicide alliance training, is free and can be completed within just 20 minutes. It aims to give people the skills and confidence to help someone who may be considering suicide. It focuses on breaking down stigma and encouraging open conversations.

#TalkSuicide is a suicide prevention campaign that has been created by Humber, Coast and Vale Health and Care Partnership to encourage people to talk about suicide, seek support and raise awareness of free suicide prevention training available from the Zero Suicide Alliance.