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SUPPORTING WORLD SUICIDE PREVENTION DAY

World Suicide Prevention Day (WSPD) takes place on 10 September

1 September 2022

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SUPPORTING WORLD SUICIDE PREVENTION DAY

World Suicide Prevention Day (WSPD) takes place on 10 September

1 September 2022

World Suicide Prevention Day (WSPD) takes place on 10 September and statistically, men are three times more likely to die from suicide than women.

Therefore, Northamptonshire Healthcare Foundation Trust (NHFT) are partnering with Northampton Town Football Club this World Suicide Prevention Day to raise awareness and help reduce the stigma around mental health.

NHFT are running a number of events and training sessions to raise awareness of suicide prevention. These start this week when two sessions of suicide prevention training weredelivered by Lisa Pearson, Suicide Prevention Lead and Andy Willis, Involvee and Lived Experience Trainer, to staff and players at Northampton Town Football Club and the Northampton Town Community Trust. Further training sessions will be available across next week.

Lisa will also be at Saturday's game with colleagues from the Samaritans, so please do take the opportunity to go and chat to her and the team. They will be outside the stadium from 12.30pm until just after kick off.

Next Saturday (September 10th), Lisa and the team will be in the pop up shop on the ground floor of the Grosvenor Centre in Northampton until 1pm where members of the public can drop in and have a chat.

Following this, there will be a screening of the film “Dear Evan Hanson” at Northampton Filmhouse from 1.30pm followed by a panel discussion on what more can be done to support our local communities.

Pre booking for the film and panel discussion is required and costs just £2.50. Please visit northamptonfilmhouse.com

Everyone can do their bit to become more aware of the signs to look out for by completing a short online awareness course. The free online zero suicide alliance training takes just 20 minutes and could help to save a life. Please see zerosuicidealliance.com/training

Lisa Pearson, Suicide Prevention Lead at NHFT said: “To mark World Suicide Prevention Day, we are encouraging you to talk to your mates, talk to your family, ask them if they are okay………….and if they say they are ok, ask them again.

“Reach out to people you know as you could save a life. In England, 13 people a day die by suicide and you are three times more likely to take your life if you are male. To anyone out there who is struggling, it is not a sign of weakness to ask for help. It’s a sign of strength. Let’s end the silence around suicide.

“Northamptonshire Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust (NHFT) provides community and mental health services across the county. NHFT and Mind provide 24-hour mental health support any time of the day or night. Call 0800 448 0828, lines are available 24 hours a day, seven days a week.

“If you or someone you know needs urgent mental health support, NHFT provides a range of options to support people in crisis. Please reach out and help us to end the stigma.” Please see nhft.nhs.uk/help for more information.

Mental Health lead for the Northampton Town Community Trust, Anna Letts, said “The club and Community Trust are pleased to be supporting this work and spreading such important messages. Our staff and players will benefit from the NHFT training and it will hopefully encourage more conversations around mental health. As well as teaching mental health first aid courses, we run a number of mental health and wellbeing related programmes where we use football and the appeal of the club badge to engage with our local communities and raise awareness around suicide and suicide prevention.”

For more details, please visit ntfccommunity.co.uk/health-wellbeing-home

 


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