World Suicide Day: Working Together to Prevent Suicide

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Working Together to Prevent Suicide

10 September 2020 is World Suicide Prevention Day.

The World Health Organization estimates that over 800,000 people take their own life each year – that’s one person every 40 seconds. In 2018, in the UK and Republic of Ireland, more than 6,800 people died of suicide. 

Covid-19 has had a significant impact on mental health.  More than two-thirds of adults in the UK report feeling somewhat or very worried about the effect Covid-19 is having on their life. Social isolation, job and financial losses, a lack of access to mental health services and working in a front line service during a pandemic all impact on mental health. 

As NHS staff, we need to be aware that the people we work with and ourselves may feel unusually worried, stressed anxious, or be concerned about health. Some people, especially those with pre-existing mental health problems, may need extra support. The most common issues affecting wellbeing are worry about the future, feeling stressed or anxious and feeling bored.

Training

The following free suicide prevention training is available

Zero Suicide Alliance (ZSA) Suicide Awareness Training is available free online, starts with a  five-minute taster.

Samaritans delivers suicide prevention training for individuals as part of Rethink Mental Illness' contract with Camden and Islington Councils. The Managing Suicidal Conversations is free to anyone who lives, works, studies or volunteers in the two boroughs throughout 2020.

Services

The following services offer confidential support to people who are having suicidal thoughts or feelings or experiencing mental health worries:  

NCL Suicide Prevention and Bereavement Service: for people who live, work or study in Camden, Islington, Haringey, Barnet and Enfield 

Helpline: 08088 02 00 80 
Text Message: 07860 058793 
Webchat: www.rethink.org/ncl-suicide
Monday, Wednesday & Friday 6-8pm
Sunday 6-9pm

Kooth: for young people in North Central London  

An online 24/7 mental health and wellbeing support for young people (under 25s) across NCL. 

Access directly via https://www.kooth.com/

National charities 

Samaritans 
Helpline 116 123
24 hours a day, 7 days a week

Mind 
Helpline 0300 123 3393
9am to 6pm, Monday to Friday

Saneline
Out-of-hours helpline 0300 304 7000 
4.30pm to 10.30pm every night 

Childline
Helpline 0800 1111
Every day, 9am to midnight

Expiry date: Sep 1st, 2021