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.
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.
The following services offer confidential support to people who are having suicidal thoughts or feelings or experiencing mental health worries:
Helpline: 08088 02 00 80
Text Message: 07860 058793
Monday, Wednesday & Friday 6-8pm
An online 24/7 mental health and wellbeing support for young people (under 25s) across NCL.
Access directly via https://www.kooth.com/
Helpline 116 123
24 hours a day, 7 days a week
Helpline 0300 123 3393
9am to 6pm, Monday to Friday
Out-of-hours helpline 0300 304 7000
4.30pm to 10.30pm every night
Helpline 0800 1111
Every day, 9am to midnight