An appeal is being made to Trafford residents to talk to their friends, family and neighbours to mark World Suicide Prevention Day (Thursday 10 September).
Health leaders in the borough – which loses an average of 15 people every year to suicide – want everyone to come together to help prevent it by asking “how’s your head?”
Research indicates that talking openly and honestly about suicide and mental health can help to save lives. You don’t need to be a health professional to start a conversation.
Suicide is the biggest killer of men under 49 and women aged between 20 and 34 in the region and it affects many more.
Councillor Jo Harding, who chairs the Trafford suicide prevention board, said:
“There is a myth that talking about suicide may give someone the idea. The fact is you do not give someone suicidal ideas by talking about suicide, instead by talking openly and honestly you could possibly save a life.
Simply asking “How’s your head?” may well give someone the space they need to open up and admit they may be struggling.
Suicide affects us all. Encourage someone to talk before suicide seems like their only option.”
The Council and its partners are hosting a seminar for voluntary, community and social enterprise (VCSE) sector staff. Residents can also find out how they can help someone by taking this free 20-minute Save a life training
Find out more at shiningalightonsuicide.org.uk
Posted on Tuesday 8th September 2020