Together For You is supporting World Suicide Prevention Day. This year the theme is “Reaching out, saving lives”.
World Suicide Prevention Day
At the launch of a vital Samaritans Report yesterday (8 September 2015) Minister for Health Simon Hamilton said “Awareness of the early warning signs of mental health difficulties, early help seeking, and effective treatment are key to preventing more serious mental illness”.
“Early intervention for positive mental health and wider measures to improve the quality of life are undoubtedly part of the long-term answer to suicide prevention.”
Together For You is a Big Lottery funded project with a specific focus on raising awareness of mental health and wellbeing and also advocates early intervention and prevention with a range of services including: Befriending service; bereavement support; support for carers of those with mental illness; counselling (CBT, trauma and relationship counselling); mental health awareness training and volunteering opportunities.
These services can help young and old, men and women, minority groups (Black and Minority Ethnic groups and Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender) and marginalised groups (prisoners, young people not in education, employment or training and unemployed) in rural and urban areas. The full list of services available can be seen here.
On World Suicide Prevention Day Together For You would like to encourage everyone to ‘reach out’ and ask someone you are worried about “are you ok”? Simply asking this question, and starting a conversation about how we are feeling can be enough to save the life of someone who is contemplating taking their own life until further support can be sought.
It is important to remember that ‘its ok to NOT be ok’, and the most important thing we can do is talk. Be aware of the warning signs of suicide in others (see info graphic from Beyond Blue).
If you are in immediate distress or despair, please talk……..contact The Samaritans (08457 90 90 90) OR Lifeline (0808 808 8000).
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