New services launch to prevent suicide

Published: 9 September 2020

Council House at night

Derby City Council is highlighting a raft of new support services aiming to help reduce the number of suicides in Derby

Derby City Council is highlighting a raft of new support services aiming to help reduce the number of suicides in Derby.

The support ranges from online suicide prevention training to the launch of a new emotional health website and coincides with World Suicide Prevention Day Thursday 10th September.

The theme for 2020 is ‘connection’, which may be connecting with others or connecting with yourself through nature, arts or understanding your feelings.

The effects of suicide can be far reaching and long lasting. Many people − friends, family and colleagues feel the impact.

That’s why professionals, community groups, volunteers and individuals are working together to raise awareness and to help to reduce the risks of suicide.

Derby City Council’s Cabinet Member for Adults Health and Housing Councillor Roy Webb said:

There are many complex reasons someone may choose to take their own life. One thing we can do to reduce those numbers is to make sure that anyone with suicidal feelings knows that there is help and support available and they are not alone. There’s a great network of local organisations working together across Derby and Derbyshire to help prevent suicides and I’m pleased to be able to announce new, wide ranging services that are being delivered by a number of local organisations. We can also offer support and advice for those affected by a bereavement through suicide.

The Tomorrow Project, a suicide bereavement support service in Derbyshire, are offering one to one virtual sessions on 10th September.

To apply for a place on a session email:

Lisa Williamson from The Tomorrow Project said:

The field of suicide bereavement is a particularly specialist area. When we start talking about suicide it can be surprising how many others have a story to tell. So many of us are impacted by suicide either through the tragic loss of a loved one, someone we once worked with, or someone in our community and for others it may be a patient or someone very supportive. By reaching out to those affected we can prevent further suicides occurring.

A new emotional health and wellbeing website with information on suicide prevention has been created by the NHS Derby and Derbyshire Clinical Commissioning Group.

There is also a 24/7 helpline mental health support line for residents of all ages who are experiencing mental distress. Call 0800 028 0077.

The following new projects have been funded by NHS England and are being delivered through Joined up Care Derbyshire.

Local support, projects and training

Suicide Prevention Support – A programme to engage and support organisations to take action on mental health and suicide prevention will be launched next month. It will work with amateur sports clubs, workplaces, businesses and other community organisations.

Peer Support for Men – A countywide network of informal peer support groups for men

Media Project – Using new Samaritans guidelines a new project aims to support local media and communication teams on the responsible coverage of suicide related incidents

If you, or someone you know, are feeling suicidal, there are several things that you can do:

  • speak to a friend, family member or someone you trust
  • call the Samaritans 24-hour support service on 116 123
  • go to your nearest accident and emergency (A&E) department and tell the staff how you are feeling
  • contact NHS 111
  • make an urgent appointment to see your GP
  • Call the Derbyshire Mental Health support line on 0800 028 0077. It’s staffed by mental health professionals, is open 24 hours a day and is for all ages.
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